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 organization’s respected exhibitions program develops solo and thematic group exhibitions that emphasize emerging and conceptually oriented practices, often contextualized historically, in diverse media. Curatorial efforts support various ways of using the institution’s site, context, and resources to nurture expanded notions of creative, idea-, object-, and activity-based educational and creative exploration. Driving curatorial initiatives is the recognized value of the intersection of rigorous creative practice, curiosity about one’s world and environment, and productive social engagement. Armory’s on-site exhibitions further support the institution’s educational mission by serving as curricula for a robust program of artist-taught classes for children, teens, families, and adults. Deeply committed to artistic excellence and public access, the Armory also presents exhibitions at satellite locations throughout the City of Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles.