The mission of the Artists Association of Nantucket is to foster the visual arts on Nantucket.
We create a vibrant arts community by promoting, supporting and encouraging the work of Nantucket artists,
providing educational programs in the arts, and preserving the legacy of Nantucket artists.

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Take a Class

Sign up today for classes, workshops, camps, and arts programs for adults and children at the Visual Arts Center.
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Buy Art

Become a Nantucket art collector. See the changing exhibitions at the AAN’s downtown gallery or browse through other online opportunities.
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View the Collection

Spend time with the AAN’s fascinating Permanent Collection with works from the art colony days of the 1920s through to contemporary Nantucket art.
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Special Events

Jump into AAN’s dynamic array of special events throughout the year and engage with Nantucket’s vibrant arts colony.
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Who We Are

Connect with the AAN’s long tradition of fostering the visual arts on Nantucket. Meet the AAN staff and board of directors.
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Rentals and Private Lessons

Plan a special event, private lesson, or birthday party at the AAN. Or rent shared studio spaces at the Visual Arts Center.

Calendar of Events

  • The Nature of Art: A Pat Gardner Retrospective image

    The Nature of Art: A Pat Gardner Retrospective

    Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia
    Open to the public weekdays 9-5 p.m. until August 22
  • Summer Small Works image

    Summer Small Works

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Small subjects. Small works. Immense pleasure. Reception: 7/13/2018, 6-8 p.m.
  • Michael Moore Artist Demonstration image

    Michael Moore Artist Demonstration

    Visual Arts Center
    Michael Moore will offer a free demonstration. He will discuss working from a photograph versus plein air. He will also discuss his process, explain his palette, medium, and toning the canvas, and answer questions. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 30 Miles at Sea image

    30 Miles at Sea

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Our height-of-the-season exhibition of fresh new artworks. Reception: 8/3/2018, 6-8 p.m.
  • AAN Annual Meeting image

    AAN Annual Meeting

    Location TBA
    The annual meeting is open to all AAN members. Join your fellow members to review the year and learn what's new. Enjoy some late summer camaraderie. 5 p.m.
  • Slide Lecture with Stuart Shils image

    Slide Lecture with Stuart Shils

    Visual Arts Center
    Reaching for a Flock of Canaries. In the spirit of the French poet Paul Valery who said, "seeing is forgetting," Stuart will trace the interior experience of seeing and decision making through the mind of an artist. Using photographs, drawings, paintings, and other images, he will lay out visual themes that will appeal to anyone with attentive eyes. Free. Stuart will also be teaching a three-day figurative painting workshop. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
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    Artist/Patron

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Our height-of-the-season exhibition of fresh new artworks. Reception: 8/3/2018, 6-8 p.m.
  • Sidewalk Art Show II image

    Sidewalk Art Show II

    Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street
    A free outdoor art show in the beautiful Atheneum garden featuring more than 20 AAN artist members. 10 a.m.-3 p.m...
  • Master Artist Demonstration/ Meghan Weeks image

    Master Artist Demonstration/ Meghan Weeks

    Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery
    Inspired by watercolorist C. Robert Perrin, this demonstration series features a different group of talented artists each year. This series is a benefit of AAN membership. New members are welcome at the door. 6-8 p.m.
  • Donn Russell Print Collaborative image

    Donn Russell Print Collaborative

    Visual Arts Center
    Free family fun. In honor of Donn Russell, master printmaker and AAN supporter. Make your mark exploring various printmaking techniques during this free event. Reception: 8/25/2018, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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    Artist Membership Review

    Visual Arts Center
    Check this website for an artist membership application and call the office at 508-228-0722. Reservations are required.
  • 10×10 Open image

    10×10 Open

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Our ever popular show of ten by ten inch paintings…open to all island artists, all ages. Reception: 9/7/2018, 6-8 p.m.
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    Artist Membership Review

    Visual Arts Center
    Check this website for an artist membership application and call the office at 508-228-0722. Reservations are required.
  • Master Artist Demonstration/ Bobby Frazier image

    Master Artist Demonstration/ Bobby Frazier

    Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery
    Inspired by watercolorist C. Robert Perrin, this demonstration series features a different group of talented artists each year. This series is a benefit of AAN membership. New members are welcome at the door. 6-8 p.m.
  • Teen Portfolio image

    Teen Portfolio

    Visual Arts Center
    A student exhibition of recent work. Reception: 9/20/2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • People’s Choice image

    People’s Choice

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Pick your favorite artworks. You decide, you vote. Reception: 9/28/2018, 6-8 p.m.
  • Collector’s Showcase image

    Collector’s Showcase

    4 North Wharf
    Rare legacy artworks from the early Art Colony years. Dates: 10/2/2018-10/6/2018 daily 10:30 am - 3:30 pm Reception: 10/5/2018 5-7 p.m., 4 North Wharf
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    Wet Paint/Fresh Works

    Nantucket Yacht Club
    Wet Paint/Fresh Works features both silent and live auctions and a benefit dinner. Silent & Live Auction Preview: 3 p.m., Live Auction: 5 p.m., Benefit Dinner: 6:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event. For more information please call the AAN Development Office at (508) 228-0722.
  • All Things Great And Small image

    All Things Great And Small

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Tagline: An exhibition of new directions from our artists. Reception: 10/19/2018, 6-8 p.m.
  • New Acquisitions 2018 image

    New Acquisitions 2018

    Visual Arts Center
    An exhibition of new works in the AAN Permanent Collection Reception: 11/1/2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Small Works, and Cool Yule Holiday Party image

    Holiday Small Works, and Cool Yule Holiday Party

    Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    Special art works for that special season. Plus a Cool Yule Holiday Party on Stroll Friday. Receptions: 11/23/2018 & 11/30/2018, both 5:30-7:30 p.m.