Last updated: 8/25/2012
Downey, California
Street Address
P.O. Box 39566
Downey, CA 90241
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 39566
Downey, CA 90239
phone: 562-869-3698
Thursday - Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Donations are kindly accepted. We are an official 501(c)3
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Barbara Briley Beard, Treasurer

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The Downey Museum of Art is no longer located at 10419 Rives Avenue Downey Ca 90241.

They are in the process of relocating and will be without a public location for awhile. We will post their new address as soon as we are notified.


The purpose and mission of the DMOA is to enrich the lives of citizens by promoting art in Downey and throughout Southern California through exhibits, workshops and productions in various artistic fields. The DMOA strives to improve a greater community awareness of the importance of art in our culture and to preserve its positive contributions for future generations.


The DMOA was founded in 1955 by Alice Woodrow, who wished to provide a space for artists in Southern California, and was the first to found a Museum solely for the purpose of exhibiting and collecting modern art.

Through its exhibitions, the DMOA has reflected the art and culture of the times and made a commitment to mediums such as metal, fiber, and ceramics as well as to works by female, multi-cultural, and emerging, local artists.

Artifact Collections

Boris Deutsch was born in Lithuania in 1892. During WWI, Deutsch fled Europe and settled in Los Angeles. After the onset of the Great Depression, the Public Works of Art Project hired Deutsch as a muralist painter. He completed a number of sketches and murals for government buildings, including the Americas to California Life mural at the Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office. He continued to work as an artist, and in 1930 he exhibited one of his pieces at the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego.

Deutsch was primarily a painter of the figure, as he was interested in issues of the human condition. Often, he depicted the toils of immigrants and laborers in Los Angeles. His stylized figures were highly successful in conveying deep emotion. Deutsch's proficiency with composition and color gained acclaim in the artist community. Modernist in his technique, Deutsch?s palette almost always consisted of bold colors.

Portraits are a quintessential subject of Deutsch's work, and the dark eyes and elongated face of an immigrant girl are typical characteristics of the artist's work. Much like European artist Modigliani, Deutsch was utilizing modernist concepts such as loose, expressionist strokes and flattened almost cubist qualities throughout the girl's face and clothing.

His work is held in museums including the Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Frederick R Weisman Art Museum/The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Georgia Museum of Art/The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; The Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

Educational Programs

New music series the first Thursday of each month. Call for times, dates and information. Young Visitors & Artists program: field trips, special class projects, homework support.


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