Morgantown Art Association Gallery
Backstory and Context
The Morgantown Art Association (MAA) was founded in 1958 by students of Wilbur Bauer. As Superintendent of Art in Monongalia County, Bauer offered art classes for seniors hosted in public schools. When the funding for this program ran out, Bauer encouraged participants to form their own organization and the MAA was born. This non-profit organization was originally hosted out of Garlow Building in downtown Morgantown. After a decade at this location, the MAA spent a brief stint in a house on Kirk Street before being granted space in the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). In 2004, the MAA outgrew the MAC and moved to their current location in the Mountaineer Mall.
The MAA offers a variety of opportunities to display art. One of the organization's first programs was Exhibit 60, which is a juried art show for artists within a sixty mile radius of Morgantown. To this day, the show often attracts upwards of one hundred entries. Other shows occur throughout the year for a variety of mediums, categories, and skill levels. The MAA also provides classes and workshops with renowned instructors. These opportunities are available to the over 150 active members of MAA. The organization also gives back to the community through its presentation of an Outstanding High School Art Student Award in three local schools, and through the creation of public art such as the Monongalia County Historical Mural in the Mountaineer Mall.
About MAA, Morgantown Art Association. Accessed August 27th 2020. http://www.morgantownartassociation.com/about-maa.html.