McGuffey Art Center

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The McGuffey Art Center is a cooperative nonprofit organization with 23 art studios, three art galleries and a gift shop. It is located in downtown Charlottesville in the former McGuffey Elementary School building, and open to the public six days a week at no charge.

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The city and the McGuffey Arts Association entered into a lease in 1975 wherein the school would become home to nearly 150 artists and the association would provide community outreach.

In March 2003, City Councilor Kevin Lynch proposed raising the fees paid by artists in the center. [1]

In June 2014, the city opted to enter into an additional two-year lease with the proviso that the association would better define its mission. Annual rent is $24,564. [2]


Giselle Gautreau is the president.


  1. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 26, 2003.
  2. Web. [1], Lance Stewart, Facilities Maintenance Manager, cvillepedia, retrieved June 2, 2014.


External links

McGuffey Art Center website