The Armory Art Center is an example of the positive influence of art in the West Palm Beach community. From the preservation of its historic building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992) to outreach to all ages in the community, the Armory Art Center continues its mission to stimulate personal, self-discovery, knowledge, and awareness of art as part of life.
Plan your visit. The Armory Art Center is located at:
811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, 33401 (see map below)
For general information call (561) 832-1776 or visit armoryart.org
The Armory Art Center mirrors America’s progression of history from the early twentieth century into the twenty-first.
Before, during, and after World War II, the Armory served as a training center for soldiers and National Guardsmen. The main building —with iconic Art Deco stars prominent on the support arms of the front door canopy— still houses a vault where the guns were stored. The building behind was the motor pool for repair and maintenance of jeeps and other military vehicles.
In 1987, the Armory commenced operations as a community arts organization providing the combination of art education classes and art exhibitions. Over the years, growth and renovation on the campus continued and has since then become the most comprehensive arts education center in the Palm Beaches dedicated to painting, drawing, printing, and fiber arts.
The Armory Art Center features art exhibitions ranging from works of student and faculty shows to emerging and cutting-edge artists on the threshold of fame.
Nearly 100 courses are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 12 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.
Check this link for a schedule of all current and upcoming exhibitions.
The Armory Art Center Experience
A popup art shop in Rosemary Square (formerly CityPlace) offers demonstrations of techniques taught in art classes for adults, hands-on workshops for children, and ongoing faculty exhibitions on display. The location also feature artwork for sale.
Hours: Thursday, Friday and Weekends: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Here’s a beautiful throwing demonstration
Directions to center & gallery hours
The center is open Monday through Thursday form 8:30 am to 8 pm; Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.