Past Exhibitions

Evidence/Longevity/Celebration: Youth Arts Collective Alumni and Mentors

yac400January 23 – May 4, 2015
MMA Pacific Street

Join us as we celebrate Youth Arts Collective (YAC)’s 15th year with an exhibition of work by 33 artists, alumni or mentors with the organization. All participants are practicing artists from Monterey, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, the east coast and abroad. MMA Pacific Street reopens on January 23, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This is the first time this group of artists has exhibited together and inaugurates the Museum’s new Community Gallery exhibition series.

After they turn 23, YAC alumni continue to reach out to their mentors as friends and colleagues. Founders Marcia Perry and Meg Biddle mentored each alumni when they were “YACsters.” Mentor Germain Hatcher employed them when she was manager of Artmax/Searle Art Supply. Mentor Andrew Jackson invited YAC artists to exhibit in in his gallery, OuterEdge Studios. Finally, Hanni Liliedahl has mentored and exhibited YAC artists at her Monterey artisan shop, Lilify.

Located at 472 Calle Principal in Monterey, YAC provides a space, sanctuary, studio, and community for young, driven artists, ages 14-22. The YAC facility is a well-equipped studio with mentors who are professional artists who offer mentoring in both art and life skills. They engage in dialogue, deliver advice on artistic technique, provide friendship, and offer an opportunity to exhibit, sell, and receive commissions, inspired by gratitude for the surrounding community. YAC’s motto is “Do art. Be kind.”

Evidence/Longevity/Celebration is the first in a series of community exhibitions at MMA Pacific Street, dedicated to showcasing the talents of local artists of all ages. MMA supports YAC’s role as a catalyst for the future artists of our community.


The exhibition Evidence/Longevity/Celebration contains representations of the nude human form, a long-standing tradition in art. Visitors sensitive to such content should be advised. If you have questions, please ask Museum staff.