In May of 1999, the City Council established the Municipal Art Acquisition Program to document the history of visual art in Ventura through the annual purchase of important works of art created by area artists.
The collection can be seen in the corridors of City Hall.
Meredith Brooks Abbott art continues the American Impressionist legacy through her luminous paintings of California landscapes and still life. She studied and learned from several recognized American Impressionist painters. Abbott attended Scripps College in Claremont and the Art Center School in Los Angeles, graduating in 1962. Between classes, she studied with Douglass Parshall (1899-1990) in Santa Barbara, and painted alongside Richard S.Meryman (1891-1963) and Clarence Hinkle (1880-1960).