About The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena 


Mission Statement

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena is dedicated to supporting the arts and artists
of our community by encouraging the creation, execution, and appreciation of work
in all branches of the fine arts. Our mission is grounded in the belief
that the arts are vital to our culture and that artists deserve our support.

By serving our mission, we hope to enrich the cultural life of our community
and to encourage each artist's unique individual expression. To
accomplish our mission, we provide a venue for artists to exhibit and
perform and we grant awards to deserving artists.

Supporting the Arts and Young Artists for Over a Century

In November 1913, Eleanor Miller hosted a meeting of sixty musicians and artists at her Pasadena residence for the purpose of forming a league of one hundred professionals in the Fine Arts. Representatives of the arts of painting, sculpture, and literature were later incorporated into the group, together with honorary members composer Charles Wakefield Cadman, pianist, singer, and songwriter Mrs. Carrie Jacobs Bond, and Gilmore Brown, founder of the Pasadena Playhouse.

During the years following World War II, then-president J. Maria Pierce and a few dedicated members began to improve and modernize the Club.  As chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Pierce used her influence with the Opera Guild and the Pasadena Symphony Association to successfully initiate and coordinate the first three Pasadena Festivals for the Arts, a festival which continues to this day.

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena was a founding member of the Pasadena Arts Council (now Fulcrum Arts), and at least twenty of the Club’s active, honorary, and young award winners have received Gold Crown Awards from the Pasadena Arts Council. On June 5, 1983, The Fine Arts Club itself was given a Gold Crown Award “…in recognition of continuous contributions of the Arts.”

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment of the arts and to granting awards to talented young artists. There have been 138 winners in various categories of the Arts since the awards were first granted in 1962.  The Club was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on April 3, 1968, with a 501(c)(3) status, to encourage the creation, execution, and appreciation of work in all branches of the Fine Arts.

In 1930, the Club adopted a logo based on the Tree of Learning intertwined with the Arts. In 1992, the logo was modified and updated by Rosa Chandler, under the sponsorship of Susan and T. Cole Williams. At the March 27, 2007 Board of Directors meeting, a motion presented by Jo Trout Butcher, Visual Arts Exhibits Chair, was passed which established Burgundy and Gold as the official colors of The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena.  The logo has recently been updated to meet new online graphic requirements, and the burgundy and gold colors of the club have been incorporated into the logo.

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