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With vitality and enthusiasm, the women of the Pasadena Art Alliance have raised millions of dollars to support contemporary visual art in Southern California. Since 1955, this organization has been unwavering in its purpose yet ever flexible in seeking innovative ways to fulfill its mission. Unique in its independence, not associated with any group or art institution, it is open to new artistic expressions and concepts, often championing projects that might not be funded by traditional methods.

The PAA continues to impress the Southern California arts community with its new ideas in fund raising. The biennial art auction features the donated works of over a hundred artists. A collaborative photography exhibit gives art students opportunities to create and exhibit commissioned portraits. And the legendary Treasure Sale speaks for itself.

All monies raised go directly to the very heart of the Art Alliance: the grants program. The grants committee studies each written request, makes site visits and then makes thoughtful decisions about which proposals to fund. Funds are granted to established as well as unconventional institutions in order to underwrite exhibitions, sponsor programs or support arts education.With each grant, the organization hopes to encourage the creativity of the human spirit and to enrich the cultural life of the entire community.



Pasadena Art Alliance Auction: ARTrageous, April 26, 2014

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The Event
On Saturday evening, April 26, 2014, Pasadena Art Alliance will hold its Seventeenth Biennial Art Auction ARTrageous at the historic California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The evening will be filled with wonderful contemporary art: paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, performances and more, over a hundred works of art generously donated by many of Southern California’s most stellar, emerging and established artists.

The Back Story
Formed in 1955, the Pasadena Art Alliance was first a support group of the Pasadena Art Museum. When the museum dissolved, the group transferred support to the Baxter Gallery at Caltech, and finally, spun off as the only independent group supporting contemporary visual art in the United States. PAA’s hard working volunteers continue to raise money each year to provide grants to non-profit contemporary arts groups across the greater Los Angeles region. With each grant, the organization hopes to encourage the creativity of the human spirit and to enrich the cultural life of the entire community. Over five million dollars in generous grants and exhibition funds have been donated to the Southern California visual arts community since 1975.

The Artists
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American Museum of Ceramic Art
Armory Center for the Arts
Art Center College of Design
Art Division
California Institute of the Arts/ REDCAT
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Descanso Gardens, Sturt Haaga Gallery
Hammer Museum
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)
MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A. – The Schindler House
Materials and Applications
Museum of Contemporary Art
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
Occidental College, Weingart and Mullin Art Galleries
Pasadena City College/Visual Arts and Media Studies Division
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Pomona College Museum of Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc)
Scripps College, Williamson Gallery
Self Help Graphics & Art
University of La Verne
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Venice Arts

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