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ABOUT OUR BUILDING: The History of  55 Noxon Street, 

Our 1830s brick townhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Thomas W. Barrett's third-floor studio, with its 7-foot-square, north-facing skylight continues to be used today as a printmaking studio with a working darkroom. 


WE ACHIEVE OUR MISSION to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations

OUR EXHIBITIONS bring  new, exceptional-quality artworks from across the United States to Poughkeepsie and  the Hudson Valley.   

OUR PROGRAMS offer low/no-cost art activities that nurture the creative vitality of the community year round.

OUR MEMBERS enjoy special opportunities for exhibiting their works, discounts on programs, and other special benefits. 


Joanna Frang, Executive Director [bio]

Marisa Moeller, Event Coordinator

Katie Dolan, Bookkeeper


Karl Schmitz, President

Sarah Wilson, Vice President

Nikki Hung, Secretary

Ian Wickstead, Treasurer

Lauren Clark

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION: History of the Dutchess County Art Assocaition

In 1934, a group of local artists met at the home of regional artist Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. (1902-1947) located at 55 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie to form the Dutchess County Art Association.  In 1974, the building  became the permanent home of the DCAA, known today as the Barrett Art Center. 

Photos Courtesy Dick Crenson