About ViCA

Mission Statement

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) is an arts organization devoted to identifying, protecting and sustaining the history and culture of one of the most important centers of American independent artistic expression. Through its exhibitions, events, research facilities, and education curriculum, targeted to adult and family audiences, ViCA celebrates the world of art internationally, and the art and culture of Venice Beach/Southern California. Our founding in 2011 began a community effort to comprehend the art world through the lens of Southern California.


ViCA plans to provide a permanent home for its facilities, including a museum, theater, library, research and preservation facility, and archival storage. It will use the facility to provide ongoing exhibits, educational programs, and events.

Community Support

ViCA was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Eric Garcetti of the City of Los Angeles for our “representation of the unique diversity of Los Angeles” as part of the Fine Arts Film Festival held on September 12, 2015 at the historic Beyond Baroque Literary Art Center.

ViCA works with the City Councilman and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of LA, and mentors young people through the Department of Children and Family Services and other charities such as the Felix Organization.

The Venice Neighborhood Council supports and unanimously recognized the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art on June 17, 2014.

Our Director serves on the Advisory Board of the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation.

Sponsorship via the Sam Francis Foundation and other organizations and businesses (see Sponsorship List).

Community members including artists, art related business and organizations, business owners, political officials and others. Complete list ongoing and available.