ABOUT

ABOUT WAAM

Since its founding in 1919, the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum has been committed to exhibiting, collecting and supporting artists and art education and in sustaining the tradition of Woodstock as a “Colony of the Arts.” Located in the center of the village of Woodstock, New York, the WAAM functions as a cultural center as well as a repository for the work of American artists associated with the Art Colony. Each year, the WAAM presents a full schedule of group, solo and historic exhibitions of regional artists throughout its five spacious galleries.

OUR MISSION

The Woodstock Artists Association (WAAM), founded in 1919, is a not for profit membership organization. Its mission is to promote and foster the visual arts, art education, and artists through dynamic exhibitions and programs thus enriching and engaging the community. The WAAM is vital to the culture, history, and economy of the mid-Hudson region and beyond; its Contemporary Galleries, Permanent Collection, Archives, and Education Programs provide continuity, linking the past, present and future.

VISIT US

GALLERY + MUSEUM HOURS

Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 6 pm
Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 12 noon – 5 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day
We close at 4 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s eve

Closed during the month of January

WAAM is not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization with a large, vibrant member-base, a small, dedicated, professional staff, invaluable volunteers and an active Board of Directors who are committed supporting growth arts and culture in our region. Our members are an integral part of the organization as exhibiting artists, volunteers and serving on the Board of Directors.

WHO WE ARE

AN INSPIRING HISTORY

One of the oldest continuing organizations of its kind, the Woodstock Artists Association was founded by painters John F. Carlson, Frank Swift Chase, Andrew Dasburg, Carl Eric Lindin, and Henry Lee Mc Fee to provide much needed exhibition space for the numerous artists who had made Woodstock their home. Some had come as early as 1903 to live at Ralph Whitehead’s Byrdcliffe, while others studied or taught at the Art Students League’s summer programs. Still more visual artists found camaraderie and a place to call home “on the Maverick,” a progressive community founded by poet and writer Hervey White. Early members of the association included George Bellows, Lucile Blanch, Konrad Cramer, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, Leon Kroll, Eugene Speicher, Zulma Steele, and Eva Watson-Schütze.

In 1919, resourceful founding members of the Woodstock Artists Association organized the Artists’ Realty Company, a stock company that bought the land and constructed a building to “give free and equal expression” to all artistic styles …

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