To promote and advance the visual arts and artists, and to enrich and sustain our cultural community.
Concord Center for the Visual Arts or in short, Concord Art, was founded nearly a century ago by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts (EWR), a well known American Impressionist painter and philanthropist whose original mission stands today.
At Concord Art, we have:
- Free admission to our four galleries, with art from our collection and contemporary artwork for sale.
- Classes and workshops with tried and true, highly regarded teachers for seasoned artists, beginners and everyone in between.
- International and regional art tours, art-making trips, and collection tours.
- Art demonstrations, films, and curator and artist talks.
- Intimate sculpture garden behind the 18th century John Ball House, featuring installations, a waterfall, and lush plantings and stonework
- Member benefits include invitations, discounts, exhibition opportunities, and publicity, while making a difference at Concord Art and in your cultural community.
A Historical View
Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Elsie, as her friends knew her, formed the Concord Art Association in 1917 to exhibit work by local, regional and well-known artists of her day, providing a much-needed context for engaging the community with contemporary art.
In 1923, the Association moved into the John Ball House, purchased by EWR and named the Concord Art Centre. The first exhibition included work by George Bellows, Frank Weston Benson, Mary Cassatt, Arthur B. Davies, Thomas Dewing, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Alexander Stirling Calder, Auguste Rodin, Winslow Homer and Daniel Chester French, who became the first board president.
Today at Concord Art
Concord Center for the Visual Arts continues its founding mission. We hold 8 exhibitions annually, including one open juried show and two members juried shows, two exhibits in partnership with local Concord high schools, and three curated exhibitions. Our permanent collection of leading early 20th century artists includes the paintings by EWR as well as other artists who have had a direct influence on the organization, including Mary Ogden Abbott, Roger W. Curtis, Daniel Chester French, Jean Francois Millet, and John Trumbull.
Our educational outreach encompasses visual art classes for adults and teens, professional development workshops and on-site art demonstrations, curated tours and artist talks centered on respective shows, and regional and art-centered travel.
We also collaborate with the three high schools in Concord to create a community-based curatorial program, and are building an art program in conjunction with neighborhood social service organizations.
With more than 850 members, Concord Art is one of the oldest, yet most vital art organizations in the country and remains a focal point for exhibitions, continuing art education and community programs.