Timken Museum of Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The fine arts museum in Balboa Park is always free to visitors

The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday night with a fashionable fundraiser featuring the work of student designers.

The museum held its 8th annual “Art of Fashion” fundraiser with a goal of $100,000 in mind. The event showcased costumes created by 10 graduate student designers from University of California Los Angeles. Many of those costumes were inspired by French artworks.

According to Lori M. Walton of the Timken Museum, the money raised at Monday’s event will fund the museum’s education and outreach programs.

“Many schools no longer have art classes, so for quite a few young children, the Timken Museum is their only opportunity to learn about art,” she said.

The winning designer at the “Art of Fashion” event received a $5,000 scholarship. The costumes will be displayed at the museum for the next week.

Known as San Diego’s “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is home to the Putnam Foundation’s significant collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. The collection also includes the only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego.

The Timken Museum of Art is always free and open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s closed on Mondays. For more info on this Balboa Park gem, visit the museum website.

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