carta Cleveland Art Association
The Cleveland Art Association (carta) is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the visual arts in the greater Cleveland community.
Founded in 1915, carta owns a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, small sculptures, photographs, textiles, ceramics and glass by notable Cleveland artists. The collection is varied and includes works from eminent Cleveland School painters like Paul Travis and Henry Keller, to exciting new contemporary works purchased annually.
Each Fall, carta's 200 members gather together to view the entire collection on a Sunday afternoon. Through a lottery drawing, members choose a piece of artwork to borrow for the next year and enjoy enjoy at home. At the end of the loan period, members may purchase their piece or simply return it. Some works are part of the permanent collection. While those works may be borrowed, they are not for sale.
Educational activities during the year create opportunities for the members to learn more about area artists.
carta not only supports local artists, through its purchases of art, but also contributes to the vibrancy of the local art community by providing annual scholarships to Cleveland Institute of Art students. These grants are funded with income from carta’s endowed scholarships funds and conservation grants given by artists.
carta also has a wonderful collection of works just for children (up to age 15) who may join when sponsored by an adult member.
Membership in carta not only supports, invigorates and educates the Cleveland art community, but is also an excellent way to enjoy and collect art.
To join carta, follow instructions here.