The Newburyport Art Association was founded in 1948. The NAA is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting our members’ work, to providing art education for students of all ages and skills, and to keeping the visual arts accessible for students in our local schools and for special needs adults.
Today, the NAA has become the cornerstone of greater Newburyport’s vibrant arts scene with 600 artist and non-artist members from around the region. Artists exhibit work in a full calendar of open, juried, invitational, featured artist and interest group shows throughout the year. In addition, the NAA offers a full calendar of studio classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, and we support two important community outreach programs – ArtLink & OpArt. ArtLink is the umbrella name for all NAA programming developed in partnership with area schools each academic year. OpArt is a longstanding collaboration with Opportunity Works of Newburyport – the NAA provides art education for Opportunity Work clients, as well as retail, exhibition, and field trip opportunities.
The NAA is located along Newburyport’s waterfront, just steps from the center of town, in a historic 1795 brick building housing three galleries that are open year-round to the general public. Admission is free. Art exhibited in shows and featured in our Gift Shop is for sale.
The Laura Coombs Hills Gallery and handicapped accessible entrance was completed in July 2002. It was a joint project between NAA and David Hall of Hall and Moskow. The building was built circa 1890 as a coal yard weigh station located on the adjacent property. Later it was part of the Cashman Bros. Oil Company’s office and a dressing room for a local theatre in the 1970’s. The photograph above shows the weigh station being moved to the Art Association building before restoration was started.