Concepts unveiled for future expansion of the Armory Art Center


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Concepts unveiled for future expansion of the Armory Art Center

West Palm Beach, FL. May 13, 2019. The Armory Art Center entered into a partnership with Palm Beach State College Advanced Design class for this semester. The students undertook the Armory expansion and renovation as their semester project.

The Advanced Design students unveiled their concepts on Monday, May 6, 2019  from 3:00 to 8:30 pm at the Armory. The class of eleven students created conceptual drawings and models of the Armory Art Center of the future. This was a design exercise for the students and a great opportunity for the Armory to collect ideas for ways to expand and grow in the future.

First, second, and third prizes were awarded. First place was awarded to Mateus Avelar, Second Place to Joe Dagostino, and third place to Alexsandra Dienstbach. First place winner was awarded $500, 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $150.

Judges were Board Members Chester Luby, Doug Brown and Diane Young, and Architect Ralph Cantin.

“My goal for this project was to create a modern, elegant, and friendly design which would engage the community and pay respect to the Art Deco Building, which in my opinion, deserves our appreciation and means a lot to the Armory Art Center and the city of West Palm Beach” first place winner Mateus said.

During the past two years, student enrollment increased 14% with this year’s record attendance of 3,350 students. The Armory will need to renovate and expand to meet the growing demands of our students and our community. The Armory benefits from the partnership with the Advanced Design Class from Palm Beach State College while students gained real world experience creating and presenting their concepts.

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The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public. For more information, visit or call (561) 832-1776. The Armory Art Center school admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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