The Armory Art Center provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, photography & digital media, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, texitles & fiber, and sculpture. Youth art classes and summer art camp are offered. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.
The campus, located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, at the far end of Howard Park which is just south of CityPlace, includes three buildings—the two former Palm Beach County National Guard Armory buildings and the Young Artists Studio Facility.
The original Armory building, which houses the administrative offices, jewelry department, textile & fiber department, and three galleries, is an Art Deco gem, designed by William Manly King in 1939 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as the Robert & Mary Montgomery Historic Building.
The National Guard’s old motor pool building, now named the Muriel S. Kaplan Building, underwent a major renovation in 2000 to become modern, fully-equipped ceramics and sculpture studios.
The 2D classes include painting, drawing, photography & digital media, printmaking and youth programs. Classrooms are located in the Young Artists Studio Facility, a new 11,000 square foot, two-story building specially designed to provide natural north light for painters, and was constructed by the Armory in 2003.
Morris & Rose Kraft Sculpture Gardens on the south side of the Armory provide ideal surroundings for Plein Air (outdoor) painting.
Young Artists Studio Facility
Plein Air painting workshop in the
Morris & Rose Kraft Sculpture Gardens