Welcome to the Website of the
Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association
The Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association (MRAA) is a non-profit professional association whose purpose is to promote and encourage the creation of all forms of the visual arts and to foster information sharing through group sponsored workshops, programs and outstanding art exhibitions.
The MRAA began as two separate art organizations, the Richmond Artists Association and the Metropolitan Artists Association.
Looking for ways to display their artworks and introduce Richmond to contemporary fine art, a group of full time art instructors and other professional artists from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Arts) started the area’s very first art organization. The Richmond Artists Association began in 1955 with artist/lawyer, Westwood Winfree, as its first president and Theresa Pollock as one of its founding members. The Richmond Artists Association has been a leader in encouraging and showcasing all types of art throughout the community.
In 1963, the West End Allied Artists Association began with ten artists members. Later in 1979, and with seventy-four members, the name was changed to the Metropolitan Artists Association to better reflect the expanded membership. Members of the Metropolitan Artists Association were instrumental in the formation of Richmond’s only co-op gallery, Uptown Gallery. The association also donates their talents in creating several community service projects such as murals and other permanent art projects for the Children’s’ Hospital.
In the fall of 2005, members of both groups met and decided to join together to form the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association. With the merger of these two long running and active organizations, a new exciting art society was created. Its shortened logo of “MRAA” is fast becoming a recognizable symbol associated with fine artists juried into this organization
The Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association members generally meet the second Saturday of the month at 10 am at the Crossroads Art Gallery located at 2016 Staples Mill Road. There is time for members to socialize with refreshments followed by a variety of art-related educational lectures or interesting artist demonstrations. On occasion field trips are taken to local art venues of interest. Day trips to museums and galleries in Washington and Baltimore are also sponsored by the organization. December brings one of the highlights of the year, an annual party with a gift exchange of members’ original works of art. During the month of May, the MRAA meets for a potluck picnic before breaking for the summer months.
Exhibitions are also a major focus of the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association. All members are welcome to showcase their original artworks at these exhibits held throughout the Richmond area. The Gellman Room at the Richmond Main Library, SunTrust Gallery, The James Center, Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Uptown Gallery and Crossroads Art Gallery are just a few of the locations where group shows are held. Each year members display their latest pieces in an annual judged show.
Membership Application Instructions
Artists wishing to join and exhibit are juried. Non exhibiting artist membership, Association Membership, is also encouraged. Those interested in membership are welcome to attend a meeting (please drop in if you see us in session at Crossroads) or call the Membership Chairperson to confirm the meeting date and location) or, Artists may complete an application form and mail it to the membership chairman at the address below. For detailed information and instructions on membership application, please click on the Membership Application below.
Martha Rogers, Membership Chairperson
5000 W. Leyburn Ct. Apt T1
Henrico, VA 23228
Membership Application Instructions: Application Instructions
Printable Application Form: Membership Application