Vincent Price Art Museum is located in Monterey Park, California at East Los Angeles College. Its mission is to serve as a unique educational resource for the diverse audiences of the college and the community through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of works in all media of the visual arts.
Vincent Price Art Museum’s permanent collection includes artworks from ancient civilizations in Central and South America, with a concentration of art from West Mexico and Peru. Cultures from the Nayarit-Jalisco-Colima region of West Mexico (2000 – 1000 BCE) to the Chimú of Peru (900-1500 CE) are featured. The permanent collection originated in the early 1950s when actor and long-time Los Angeles arts advocate, Vincent Price, began to donate artworks from his own collection to what was then the on-campus art gallery at East Los Angeles College. Price collected pre-Columbian art in the mid-20th century as international interest in these early civilizations grew. In 1951, Vincent Price; actor, collector and one of Los Angeles’s great champions of the arts made His first visit to ELAC. He donated 90 pieces from His personal collection in 1957 to establish the first “teaching art collection” housed at a community college. In recognition of this gift, ELAC renamed the art gallery in Prices’ honor. Over the past 50 years, the collection has grown to more than 9,000 objects, and more than 100 shows have been mounted. The range is impressive and eclectic, much like Prices’ own collecting interest in world art; African, Mesoamerican, Native American and European artworks have all been exhibited here.