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Thomas Ellman, President
Sarah Wilson, Vice President
Karl Schmitz, Treasurer
Nikki Hung, Secretary
Monica Church
Lauren Clark
Rudy Vavra

Interview with Board Member Rudy Vavra

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 high-caliber, 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. 

Historic commitment to Poughkeepsie and building community through art

Landmark Greek Revival building, home of WPA artist Thomas Barrett, Jr.

Premier collection of Barrett artwork & two centuries of family and DCAA archives

Annual exhibition calendar with national shows selected by leading curators

Opportunities for lovers of culture, history and art to learn and share.

Joanna Frang, Executive Director [about]
Marisa Moeller, Event Coordinator
Katie Dolan, Bookkeeper

DCAA Fiscal Year 2016 Form 990 HERE

The Barrett Family in Poughkeepsie

A collection of slides introducing the history of the Barretts in Poughkeepsie. 

Courtesy Holly Wahlberg. 


We are active in the local college community, hosting interns, volunteers, and in the case of this short film, serving as the subject for senior project for film studies majors from Marist College here in the City of Poughkeepsie.  We welcome student involvement at the DCAA, and are pleased to arrange for credit for internships.