The Pacific Art Foundation is a non-profit corporation that assembles a permanent collection of American artwork, including paintings, sculpture and works on paper by California artists. The collection is maintained and stored at The Pacific Club, Newport Beach, California. The collection is available for public viewing, by invitation and for scholarly research and loans to other artistic institutions. The foundation was established in 1994 by the late Gerald Buck and Geoffrey Le Plastrier.
The Foundation promotes continued art education in the community through an ongoing series of Art Forums which are open to the public. It is also actively involved in promoting new and emerging art through its annual scholarship program to art students.
The Foundation’s collection focus is on American art of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. The major focus is on the works of contemporary California artists. The collection is currently composed of 50 pieces from various artists.
The Foundation sponsors a series of educational programs known as PAF Art Forums. The series is designed to inform and educate the public about artists and their works.
The Pacific Art Foundation is dedicated to promoting active education programs that will expand the understanding and appreciation of art and art connoisseurship in the community.
The Foundation’s board consists of 12 leaders in the Orange County art community. All acquisitions, divestures and offers of donations are approved by the Board. The collection is housed and on display at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The public has access to the collection through regularly scheduled docent tours. Leadership of the Foundation resides in its elected Chairman, Geoff Le Plastrier, its treasurer John Meindl and Secretary Pat Houston. All three have been members of the Board since its inception in 1994.
The Foundations major funding source is derived from sales of artworks, undertaken in partnership with local galleries. All contributions to The Pacific Art Foundation are tax deductible and are used for the acquisition of original artwork, the underwriting of exhibitions and scholarships, and the publication of informative catalogs and brochures.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Geoffrey Le Plastrier