MISSION: Since our founding as the Dutchess County Art Association in 1935, our mission has been to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Today, we operate under the name Barrett Art Center and interpret our mission broadly. We sustain our diverse contemporary art community through high-caliber art exhibitions that are free and open to the public and maintain a strong presence in the community, bringing together thousands of participants each year through collaborative art and history programs to reach diverse audiences in our inner-city neighborhood.

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Thomas Ellman, President
Sarah Wilson, Vice President
Nikki Hung, Secretary
Monica D. Church
Lauren Clark
Timothy Dean
Loretta Spence

Jeffrey Aman
Cary Phillips Auerbach
Lucy Hayden
Bill Jeffway
Elizabeth Jones
Ian Shrank
Rudy Vavra
Holly Wahlberg
Carole J. Wolf

Joanna Frang, Executive Director [about]
Anna Adler, Outreach & Operations Coordinator, [about]
Antuone Babb, Outreach Assistant
Jessica Becker, Office Administrator
Marisa Moeller, Event Coordinator  events@barretartcenter.org
Katie Dolan, Bookkeepe

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.

DCAA Fiscal Year 2017 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.