carta Cleveland Art Association
The Cleveland Art Association (carta) was founded in 1895, to promote and support the visual arts in the greater Cleveland community. It fulfills its mission in several ways. carta owns a collection of works by Cleveland-area artists and purchases new art by Cleveland artists annually. Its 200 members borrow a work each year from carta’s collection to enjoy at home. Educational activities during the year create venues for the members to learn more about area artists. carta not only supports artists, but contributes to the vibrancy of the local art community by providing scholarships each year 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’s collection includes works by a wide range of Cleveland area artists, from eminent Cleveland School painters like Paul Travis and Henry Keller, to exciting contemporary works purchased each year. The collection includes painting, drawing, prints, small sculptures, photographs, textiles, ceramics, and glass. An on-going maintenance program keeps artwork and frames in excellent condition. Members meet each fall for a exhibition of the collection and participate in a drawing to select the artwork that each will enjoy during the year. At the end of that year, members may purchase their piece or simply return it. Some works are part of the permanent collection and are not for sale. 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 educated the Cleveland art community, but is also an excellent way to enjoy and collect art.