Cambridge Art Association

Cambridge Art Association

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About the Cambridge Art Association

The Cambridge Art Association is an organization dedicated to enhancing support and awareness for local artists. The Cambridge Art Association provides galleries and multiple exhibits to present a variety of different types of artwork to the Cambridge community.

History of the Cambridge Art Association

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The Cambridge Art Association was established in 1944 in a small basement studio in Harvard Square. The organization was founded by a group of artists who wanted to help the war effort auctioning their artwork.

They started from nothing, laying floor boards over a dirt floor, installing their own lighting, and working with their own advertising.

With determination from the artists, they opened a gallery and were very successful in their efforts; the artists were able to send care packages to the troops with the money they had raised.

Current Work

The Cambridge Art Association presents work by over 500 artists from all around New England, including photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, and more.

The organization uses two galleries, including the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and the University Place Gallery.

In addition to the 20 plus shows that they display, artwork from The Cambridge Art Association can be found in places around Cambridge. Work from the group can be found hanging in the Eastern Bank at Kendall Square and a number of other places throughout the area.

Ongoing Programs

Cambridge Arts Association

Photo courtesy of Cambridge Arts Council

The Cambridge Art Association also has many ongoing programs and opportunities. The organization hosts two events that last continually throughout the year.

First, they have the ATC Exchange. The ATC exchange is the Artist Trading Card Exchange, which consists of artists trading wallet sized pieces of original artwork with one another. The trading is open to any artist in the U.S. and unites the art community through a new and interesting media.

In addition, the Cambridge Art Association hosts monthly third Thursday event. These free events are held at the Kathryn Shultz Gallery on the third Thursday of every month, and bring together the arts community in an informal, fun gathering.

Cambridge Art Association Map & Directions

The Cambridge Art Association is located at two galleries: The Kathryn Shultz Gallery (35 Lowell Street) and the University Place Gallery (124 Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square).

Both galleries are easily accessible by car via Mt. Auburn Street.

Busses 71 and 73 Harvard Station via Mt. Auburn Street also provides public transportation to both galleries. Mt. Auburn street also offers a number of metered parking spaces.

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