Rockport Art Association

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Rockport Art Association is one of the oldest art associations in the United States. It started as an artist's cooperative and became a gathering place of New England artists of the 20th century. The artists Aldro Hibbard, Antonio Cirino, Paul Strisik, Anthony Thieme, W. Lester Stevens and Harry Vincent were contemporaries closely tied to its early days.


The Rockport Art Association was founded in the year of 1921. Its history has expanded over the past 90 years. In the year of 1921, a group of artists that were attracted to the city of Rockport decided to form the association. The association began in the previous art studio of Aldro T. Hibbard. The Rockport Art Association is commonly called by its acronym of RAA. RAA was originally established as an artist cooperative for art lovers and creators. In the year of 1929, the Rockport Art Association had been placed in its permanent location of an Old Tavern building on Main Street. The RAA had taken location in a sea captain’s house and over the years it has also been an inn, a tavern, and a stage coach stop before it was founded in its permanent location. The RAA currently has over 250 artist and photography members. The Rockport Art Association has a museum collection that includes paintings, graphics and sculpture representing a pictorial history of life and art on Cape Ann. The RAA is also known to hold several special events, exhibitions, and educational series. [1]


  1. ^ "About the RAA". Rockport Art Association. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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