About The Armory
We are a nonprofit, community-based organization that encourages the creative exchange of ideas through art exhibition and education for students of all ages and backgrounds. Step inside, explore your artistic side, take in our exhibitions. We hope you will become inspired enough to participate in one of our classes and to create your own piece of contemporary art.
Think of us as a creative laboratory for contemporary art. We are among a handful of organizations that can present exhibitions and classes at the same time, under one roof, and the only one in Southern California.
Once the home of a National Guard Armory, the renovated space now is a citadel for art appreciation, inspiration and education in Old Town Pasadena -- and beyond.
Our art classes are designed for aspiring artists of all ages and levels of experience who wish to immerse themselves in art.
Our dedicated, staff of professional artists brings an authenticity to our classrooms and workshops, and former students have returned to teach here after establishing their own careers as artists.
Their expertise crosses all media including drawing , painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, stop-motion animation and letterpress. And they also are involved in K-12 art programs in schools throughout the community.
The Armory’s five galleries present some of the most innovative modern contemporary art in Southern California thanks to careful curating and the cultivation of individuals and organizations that make remarkable works of contemporary art available to us. From photography to paintings, and sculpture to multimedia, we rotate them not only through our own galleries, but also through temporary public art displays throughout the region.