Theodore Payne Gallery

The Theodore Payne Gallery at our Sun Valley headquarters is open to the public during business hours. Three exhibitions are offered each year, featuring contemporary, modern and historic artists whose work is influenced by our state flora, landscape and natural history.

Current Exhibition

A Call to Action: Works by Edward Lum, 2017 Theodore Payne Foundation Artist-in-Residence

Saturday, September 9 through Saturday, January 20, 2018

During his residency at the Foundation, Edward Lum created a series of posters that portray California native plants and the symbiotic relationship between them and our local wildlife. Through the development of cities and neighborhoods, we have encroached on the habitats of native plants and animals. Edward’s focus is to show how we can live in balance with nature, without endangering or destroying it.

Edward’s artwork spotlights the beauty of native plants, at the same time raising awareness and educating the public on the importance of planting and growing local native plants to support wildlife native to their area.

Edward Lum is an accomplished illustrator and painter whose work is inspired by the early 20th Century travel posters and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) art of the 1930s and 1940s. As an avid hiker, Edward has an interest in the intersection and interactions of people and wildlife. He works to create artwork that encourages people to explore the outdoors and to be a good neighbor to nature. Edward is a fourth generation Chinese American and works out of his studio at the historic Monterey Trailer Park in East Los Angeles. More information and more of the artist’s work at


Prints of these new Edward Lum posters are available for sale individually, along with notecards and our Theodore Payne 2018 Conservation Calendar that includes all 12 colorful Edward Lum posters – one for each month!