McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville

With forty art studios that are open to the public, five exhibition spaces, performance and rehearsal space, McGuffey Art Center is one of Virginia’s premiere cultural destinations. Situated in the heart of Charlottesville, steps from the Downtown Mall, McGuffey is a resource for residents and visitors alike. Founded in 1975, its artists provide tours, classes, and community outreach to thousands of visitors annually.

It hosts a monthly First Friday reception (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.), plus a diverse calendar of classes and programs. The registered historic building is an outstanding venue for rentals and special events. To inquire about membership, which is juried, or for more information, please email mcguffey@mcguffeyartcenter.com or call (434) 295-7973.
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  • This was more of a haphazard starving artist gallery. No air conditioning (and it was in the upper 90's!) and the art looks like student projects rather than professional level work.  more »
  • Filled with artists' studios, most of which are open and friendly during the First Friday's art openings. I almost always find their main gallery to have a great show as well. On those First Fridays, ...  more »
  • This is not a museum in my opinion. It is a very old and dirty school with "starving" artists. You walk in and there is no one to greet you or give you guidance. There are no instructions on where you...  more »
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  • I Go one Frist Fridays. They have special guest artist, food and wine. You can look or buy, sometimes they have free gifts.
  • Great opportunity to meet real people who make real art. Art that is accessible to a philistine like me, because the artists at McGuffey are excellent teachers as well. I've learned about glass-blowing from Chip Hall and have seen photographic artist Scott Smith manipulate light & shadow using the simplest tools to produce the most elegant images. Having a multi-generational mix of learners in the building, makes for a contagious enthusiasm about a subject that doesn't come easily to many of us. This place is a real gem. Try it on First Fridays when the locals come to rub elbows and share vino in a convivial atmosphere of artistic indulgence!
  • This is a venue for visual arts. They also have all sorts of classes, like improv, storytelling, belly dancing. Also artists have studios here.
  • Super fun! I got to see glass blowing in the basement in addition to all the other wonderful art.
  • If you love art and love to interact with professional artists ... that is the place for you. There are always open studios, just walk in talk with the artists or watch them do their miracles.

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