About the Essex Art Center
In November 1993 three women opened a gallery and small classroom on Essex Street and were determined to show fine art and teach art classes to any citizen of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley who was interested. Since then Linda Maddox has moved on leaving Leslie Costello and Helen Tory to continue the dream of building a valuable art resource in downtown Lawrence. In 1995 they moved to a larger premises, with 7,200 square feet of galleries and classrooms in the Mill district, where the dream strengthens and grows... and as of July 2001 we occupy 13,200 sq. ft of creative space.
EAC is recognized as an important resource for Lawrence. Since the beginning, the Essex Art Center has responded to the requests from other community organizations and neighborhoods providing the art component for their programs. Due to its spreading reputation, EAC is involved in many fascinating collaborations. These bring new energy to the Art Center and expertise to the other organizations.
EAC - An Advocate for Artists
EAC's spacious galleries shows the work of local artist in a great variety of mediums. Gallery shows change every 4-6 weeks and are free to the public. On average the opening receptions attract an audience of 200 local and regional art lovers.
We have a pool of 50 artists who teach classes and workshops. They share their talents and their love of art with children and adults, inspiring students to explore and express their feelings in a safe environment. Many of EAC's teachers are young and become role models for their students.
Through its Outreach and networking EAC connects and finds job opportunities for artists.