Pasadena Society of Artists is an organization of professional artists from Pasadena and nearby communities that has continuously exhibited its members' artwork for 84 years. Since its inception in 1925, it has evolved into a varied and vital artistic force that nourishes artistic growth in the contemporary art scene.
Artwork: Detail from "Arches" by William T. Saul.
The Society is pleased to host two large society-wide exhibitions each year for its members: the Annual Exhibition and the Holiday exhibition. In addition, three or four themed or media specific exhibitions are held each year. The year's New Members are showcased with a PSA-juried exhibition and a solo exhibition honors a chosen Distinguished Artist member. With the exception of the New Members and Distinguished Artist shows, all exhibitions are independently juried.
Photo: PSA 83rd Annual Exhibition at the Brand Library & Art Center.
PSA maintains an exciting schedule of events each year including:
- Quarterly Board and member meetings
- Art demonstrations and expert presenters
- Monthly Critic's Corner with media specific experts
- Bi-annual peer-to-peer support sessions
- Technique workshops; technical and art business presentations
- Studio and museum tours
- Community arts outreach
- Partnering with other community groups
Photo: PSA member booth at Pasadena Playhouse District ARTwalk.
PSA has many well known members whose work continues to bring top dollar at auctions today: Louis Sharp, Burt Proctor, John Stacey, Hans Puthuff, Benjamin Brown, Marion Wachtel to name a few. The PSA Newsletter features interviews with some of our long-time members, and there is more interesting information to read in the History section on this site. Shown at left is Jirayr Zorthian with his assemblage/sculpture "Zorlefante" created in 1959. Mr. Zorthian was born in Turkish Armenia in 1911 and graduated with honors from Yale School of Fine Art in the 1920s.