Barrett Art Center
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Today, the Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association stands committed to its artist-members, its multilevel art educational program, its immediate community and the larger Hudson Valley region. It supports regional artists, mounts exhibitions of national caliber, and features quality exhibitions of contemporary as well as historic art in its formal galleries.
Our changing exhibition program consists of a variety of thematic exhibitions developed to foster and enhance the level of appreciation of the visual arts. For regional artists, the Barrett Art Center/DCAA offers numerous opportunities to exhibit their work throughout the year, in juried competitions, open exhibitions, and special invitation shows. To provide a local venue for viewing the very latest trends in contemporary art, two national exhibitions are presented annually: New Directions and Photowork, both juried by outstanding art professionals from such prestigious New York City institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum, to name a few. In addition to the exhibitions presented in the main galleries, our upstairs gallery serves as a space for selected solo exhibitors.
BAC's Library serves as a special place to read and research. Aside from members' borrowing privileges, the library also is a meeting place for members and students of the association.
Barrett Art Center/DCAA's goal is to offer a fully-dimensional art experience for both artist and art appreciator. To achieve this, our exhibition and educational programs are augmented with seminars, workshops, special lectures, outreach and community events, services for members, as well as bus trips to outstanding exhibitions at major museums from Boston to New York City. Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association provides total immersion in the visual arts. Just as Tom Barrett envisioned, it serves as a community meeting place for artists and art enthusiasts, an art center as exciting as it is functional.