The Cambridge Art Association (CAA) began in 1944 when a group of artists came together to auction their art as a way of contributing to the war effort. Lead by the director from the local high school, they rented a basement space in Harvard Square, laid floor board on a dirt floor, installed partitions and lighting, advertised for members, and opened a gallery. Soon they were offering classes and presenting regular exhibits Today, the Cambridge Art Association consists of more than 500 juried artist members — photographers, printmakers, painters, sculptors, textile artists, and glass makers and a supporting group of Friend Members. The purpose of the organization, while constantly evolving as artists’ needs change, also remains much the same as it was in the 1940’s: to enhance the quality of the community by exhibiting art, supporting local artists, and creating diverse opportunities for art education and art appreciation.
Throughout the year, CAA presents a wide variety of art exhibits featuring artist members’ work in two gallery spaces (at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery at 25 Lowell St., and at University Place Gallery in Harvard Square). CAA celebrates the opening of approximately 20 shows in addition to hanging work in Eastern Bank at Kendall Square. Two times a year CAA offers juried exhibits open to all New England with the Northeast Prize Show and Blue (or) Red. And this year, we present our 11th National Prize Show, open to established and emerging artists across the U.S.
The Cambridge Art Association looks for members whose artistically diverse work is technically polished, compelling, marketable, and shows integrity. It attempts to represent and exhibit various aesthetic points of view, techniques, styles and materials.
Kathryn Schultz Gallery and Offices
25R Lowell Street
Cambridge MA 02138
University Place Gallery
124 Mt Auburn Street
Cambridge MA 02138