Expanding Our Space

In October 2013 the AAN board of trustees voted unanimously to purchase the building located at 24 Amelia Drive to become Nantucket’s first Visual Arts Center. The 9,000 square-foot building replaces the former AAN Workshop at 1 Gardner Perry Lane, more than doubling its education space. After renovations were completed in June of 2015, the VAC  is now home to AAN’s educational programs.



First Floor

Seperate pick-up / drop-off area to accommodate heavy traffic for art programs
Increased parking for students, artists, and staff.

What's New.

Two childrens studio classrooms, with moveable wall to allow for flexibility with offerings and classes.

The new two new double the number of childrens arts participants.

Seperate pick-up / drop-off area to accommodate heavy traffic for art programs

Increased parking for students, artists, and staff.

Gallery space and welcome area: AAN’s Visual Arts Center provides space and faculty works as well as items from AAN’s permanent collection.

AAN Multipurpose meeting room, computer lab, and library hosts AAN leadership meetings, digital art classes and presentations, as well as house the organizations art reference library.

The children’s art program will double its class offerings and expand its student capacity from 270 to 360— serving 90 more children annually.

All AAN staff will be located at the new Visual Arts Center, ensuring an organized work environment to achieve AAN's mission.

AAN will no longer host workshops and classes at third party locations— the Visual Arts Center will be able to meet all program needs while allowing for significant growth.


Second Floor 

What's New.

Apartment for visiting artists and artists–in–residency.

Communal space for artist members to gather and colaborate.

Collaborative shared artist studio space.

Shared and individual studio spaces available for rent.

Programs to offer in the new space include print making, encaustic, and jewelry.

Two adult studio classrooms, which will allow the adult arts program to more than triple its current class offerings, expanding the reach of the program from 98 students to 254 per calendar year.



What's New.

Climate controlled storage and curatorial workroom to house AAN’s permanent collection—the organization’s most valuable asset.

More equipment to accommodate more students: 3 additional throwing wheels; one additional kiln; more workspace.

Ceramics Studio for children and adults. Two ceramic studios will allow AAN to double its class offerings for both the children and adult programs, and increase class capacity by more than 200.

Separate ceramic studios for hand building and wheel throwing.

Facilities for special needs populations on every floor, accessible by elevator.

Future studio space for the industrial arts (wood, metal, and other arts).


Visual Arts Center

24 Amelia Drive
Telephone: 508 228 0722
Fax: 508 228 9700


19 Washington Street
Telephone: 508 228 0294
Fax: 508 228 9700

Mailing Address:

Artists Association of Nantucket
P.O. Box 1104, Nantucket MA 02554