Exploring Art in Charlottesville

Anyone who appreciates the time and talent needed to create a unique and inspirational piece of art will enjoy a visit to the McGuffey Art Center. The center is right in downtown Charlottesville and aims to support the growth of art and artists in both the visual and performing arts, while focusing on community participation.


The center is in what once was the McGuffey School. It is also a registered historic building. The large windows of the building allow for bright and open rooms which are perfect for artists to use as studio space. There are three galleries housed in the center, which makes it the largest area for display of artwork in all of Charlottesville.


The McGuffey Art Center acts as a cooperative center where members can join and be a part of the establishment in a variety of ways. Members can rent studio space for use in creating their works. Members can also work on their art elsewhere and use the center just as a venue for exhibition.


The center does more than just provide the necessary space to show art and studio space for creation. There are also classes taught quarterly for all skill levels and ages. Classes in dance, theater, water color painting, oil painting, mixed media, clay, sculpture, jewelry making, and tile work are taught by local artists. The classes are all affordable and anyone can join.


The center embraces an open door approach for public support. They are closed Monday and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6. They are also open Sunday from 1 to 5. The gallery can also be rented out for private events. Business functions and events can take in the art work while hosting their cooperate parties. Everyone is encouraged to tour the McGuffey Art Center and not only wander through the display gallery, but browse through the studios and watch art in progress. The members of the center want the public to be an active part of the process and share in the experience of creating great works of art.


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