Hours: Wed-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat, 12pm - 3pm during exhibitions Additional times available by appointment
Seventy-five years ago a group of local artists met at the home of regional artist Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. (1902-1947) located at 55 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie. At that meeting, they voted to form the Dutchess County Art Association to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in Dutchess County. This original mission continues to guide the association today.
The Art Center building is the heart of the association and is still used for administrative purposes. It also provides a meeting place for art enthusiasts and artists alike to view, exhibit, discuss, create, and learn about art. The Center hosts a changing exhibition program devoted to fine contemporary and traditional works of art. Prestigious national juried shows in contemporary art (New Directions) and photography (Photo Works) have each been held annually at the Art Center for more than 20 years, attracting hundreds of submissions from across the country. The Center also provides space for classes.