Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

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The Rockport Art Association & Museum is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Associ-

ation has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 90 years. Each year the RAA&M welcomes thousands

of visitors from all over the world.

In 1921, a small group of artists attracted by the beauty and hospitality of Rockport, founded the Rockport Art

Association in the studio of the late Aldro T. Hibbard, NA. The RAA&M was established as an artist cooperative

and social gathering place for artists and art lovers. On July 12, 1929 the Rockport Art Association & Museum found its

permanent home at The Old Tavern building, 12 Main Street. Built in 1787, the building was originally a sea

captain’s house and over the years it has also been an inn, a tavern and a stage coach stop. The Maddocks barn

gallery also dates back to the mid-1700s and its history is reflected in the old wooden beams and sliding barn

door.

The RAA&M continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding, the Associa-

tion has steadily increased in size and currently includes approximately 300 artist & photography members

(selected through a jury process), and 400 contributing members.

By promoting year-round programs of classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach,

as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA&M remains dedicated to its mission of making fine art appre-

ciation accessible to all.
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  • For a four- room art gallery it was nice. The art was spaced well so you could enjoy each piece on its own. Had a nice gift area with gifts ranging from smaller items that were moderately priced to... 
    For a four- room art gallery it was nice. The art was spaced well so you could enjoy each piece on its own. Had a nice gift area with gifts ranging from smaller items that were moderately priced to...  more »
  • RAA is an association of artists in the greater Cape Ann area. At 100 years, it is a landmark of fine art. The exhibitions, both of artist members and of Cape Ann stalwarts, are uniformly excellent... 
    RAA is an association of artists in the greater Cape Ann area. At 100 years, it is a landmark of fine art. The exhibitions, both of artist members and of Cape Ann stalwarts, are uniformly excellent...  more »
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  • I liked some of the pieces at the association. I was taken aback by all the different galleries in the same proximity… then again I don’t believe it’s possible to capture the beauty of the area with just a few shops/eyes so it’s understandable.
  • We stepped in to see Elaine Sommers' work and fell in love. Spectacular art was tastefully displayed. A small gift shop is a nice compliment.

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