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Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition

view Video |  Save-the-Date: September 15-16, 2018 

What is the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition?

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition at the historic Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA, presents a juried art exhibition, opening reception and awards, art market, artist booths, art classes, nature walks, historical lectures and exhibits, live music, and culinary treats. Events are staged at five cultural venues in the Oasis of Mara -- 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms Inn, 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery, Old Schoolhouse Museum, and Joshua Tree National Park HQ & Oasis Visitor Center on National Park Drive.

In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks, and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual Art Exposition in 2013 - a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.


  • Juried art exhibition featuring 50+ artists selected from California, across the nation, and as far away as England, Poland & Germany, displaying art inspired by Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Juried art exhibition on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery for one month, with gala opening reception and awards ceremony.
  • Juried artists featured in a full-color exhibition catalogue created for the event.
  • Artist booths in an art market on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn, with work by juried artists and others.
  • Art demonstrations for youth and adults at 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery.
  • Art classes for youth at 29 Palms Art Gallery.
  • Saturday and Sunday afternoon music on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn.
  • Saturday and Sunday night music by the pool and in the event tent at 29 Palms Inn.
  • Nature walks on the Oasis of Mara Trail by Joshua Tree NP Rangers.
  • Nature walks in the Oasis of Mara’s Faultline Farm by 29 Palms Inn naturalist.
  • NPS interpretive lectures by JTNP staff at 29 Palms Inn and Oasis Visitor Center.
  • Historical art and cultural displays at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.

Please help us thank and support our Partners and Sponsors for this annual desert event!