The Southern California-based art laboratory champions creative thinking through experimental exhibitions, community engagement, and arts education.

Engaging Audiences through Art Experiences


In 2011, three members of the El Segundo arts community hosted two exhibitions at a former fire station. Bolstered by the community's positive response and responding to the lack of museums in Los Angeles' South Bay region, the trio established artlab21 Foundation to foster arts education and appreciation. In 2013, the foundation opened the El Segundo Museum of Arts (ESMoA), whose name evolved into the Experimentally Structured Museum of Art.

Founded as an art laboratory rather than a museum, ESMoA specializes in experimental theme-based exhibitions that generate innovation and community engagement. These "experiences" seek to redefine the boundaries of an exhibition; one of them juxtaposed Renaissance masters with present-day graffiti artists while another invited visitors into the creation process by drawing on the walls with charred twigs. Additionally, ESMoA's education programs build relationships in area schools and the laboratory hosts several artists in residence each year. 

In 2023, ESMoA closed its brick-and-mortar operation and reimagined itself as a pop-up institution, with its existing creative art laboratory in Lawndale serving as its hub. 

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