Architect's rendering of the new front entry planned as part of the expansion and renovation of the Pullen Art Center

Pullen Arts Center

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Opened in 1961, Pullen Arts Center is a community visual arts education facility that supports artists of all ages and levels of experience with skill building classes led by professional teaching artists, access to well-equipped studios, and exhibition opportunities. We seek to inspire, empower, and nurture each participant to grow as artists, craftspeople and creative community members.  

Please join us for our grand opening event in September 2021. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates and details.

Renovation & Expansion

The renovation and expansion of the Arts Center provided an opportunity to update the campus to connect the Gregg Museum, Theatre in the Park, other amenities in the park, and the surrounding neighborhoods. These site improvements happened simultaneously with the renovation of the Arts Center and the Pullen Park Sanitary Sewer Improvements, a City of Raleigh Public Utilities project. 

Learn more about the Pullen Park and Arts Center Improvements



Pullen Arts Center

Eliza Kiser


Pullen Arts Center
105 Pullen Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607


Monday - Friday visitors must have a parking permit. Please check in at Pullen Arts Center’s front desk for a license plate based parking permit when you visit.

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Theatre in the Park




During July and August 2021 Pullen Arts Center will be open limited hours only for:

  • Registered participants in scheduled classes
  • Scheduled facility tours
  • Scheduled gallery visits

Register for classes, tours, and gallery visits


Monday - Friday visitors must have a parking permit. Please check in at Pullen Arts Center’s front desk for a license plate based parking permit when you visit.

Art Classes & Programs

Register now for Fall 2021 classes and programs.

Art Programs for Adults 

woman painting on a large orange canvas

Pullen Arts Center offers studio-based classes in bookmaking, drawing, pottery, jewelry, painting, and printmaking. New programs and classes are created regularly and led by professional teaching artists.

Art Programs for Youth & Teens

three children making art

Pullen Arts Center offers one day and multi-week art classes for youth and teens throughout the year in pottery, painting, and drawing. Join us during the summers for Art4Fun Camps.

Creative Aging 

Woman painting

Who are We? Raleigh’s People in Portraits is a 12-week skill-building portrait-making course for adults aged 55 years and older. In the program, participants learn skills needed to draw and paint faces, explore contemporary self-portraiture and self-portraits through history, and ultimately tell their own story through creation of a self-portrait. Stay tuned for more information on Fall 2021’s program.

Learn more about the Creative Aging program

Studio Programs

Studio Membership

Raleigh residents and non-residents can take part in our studio programs either by taking classes or by purchasing a studio membership that will allow them to work independently when classes are not in session. Participants are eligible to purchase a studio membership* after they have completed a qualifying beginning-level class.

Are you a pre-construction studio member?

All pre-construction studio members must take a studio orientation or a beginning level class in the new studios prior to purchasing a new membership*. If it has been over 5 years since you have held a membership or taken a qualifying class, you must take a qualifying class again to be eligible.

*Studio membership sales will begin in September 2021


  • Pottery Studio
  • Jewelry Studio
  • Painting & Drawing Studio
  • Bookmaking & Printing Studio
  • Glass Studio

Gallery Exhibitions

Pullen Arts Center’s Gallery showcases works by emerging local artists and professional local, regional, and nationally acclaimed artists. With the goals of providing artists with meaningful opportunities to gain experience exhibiting and to discover the works of other artists, our gallery is an important component of the community arts education experience at Pullen.

Gallery Spaces

  • Main Gallery | This second floor gallery features 5 - 7 artists for 2 - 3 months at a time.
  • Youth Gallery | This first floor features works by artists 17 years old and younger.
  • Chalk Wall Murals | Located at our first floor entrance, a new artist will create a chalk mural every 2 - 3 months.

July/August 2021 Artists

Exhibitions are open by appointment only through September 11. Schedule an appointment.