Pasadena Society of Artists

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The Pasadena Society of Artists, founded in 1925, is one of the longest-running, nonprofit arts organizations in the state of California, USA.


Pasadena Society of Artists, from its founding, attracted practitioners of a variety of artistic styles, including impressionists, modernists, abstract artists and traditionalists.

During its formative years, the Pasadena Society of Artists was associated with the Pasadena Arts Institute. As a result, its membership had close ties with the Pasadena Museum of Art (which later became the Norton Simon Museum) and the Pacific Asia Museum.

Pasadena Society of Artists continues to hold frequent juried exhibitions of its members works, and its Annual Exhibitions have taken place without interruption since 1925.

1920s to 1950s[edit]

PSA's formation closely followed the founding of the Pasadena Arts Institute, and many of its first members were involved in the creation of both institutions. Its first president was landscape artist Edward B. Butler, a successful businessman who retired to pursue his career as an oil painter. Early members of the Society included nationally-renownded arstists, including California impressionists Alson S. Clark and Marion Wachtel, and the noted adherent of the Arts and Crafts movement Ernest A. Batchelder,

From the 1920s into the 1950s, Pasadena Society of Artists was given an office and exhibit space in the Grace Nicholson Galleries, located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue. However, the society eventually lost the space when the Nicholson gallery became the Pacific Asia Museum.

1960s to Present[edit]

Despite the lack of a permanent exhibition space, the Society continued to attract professional artists, and to hold juried shows of its members works, often in venues outside the Pasadena city limits.

Today the Society continues to be operated entirely by the voluntary efforts of its artist members.

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