The Key West Art Center & Gallery
301 Front Street,
Key West, FL 33040, US
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Key West Art Center & Gallery is incorporated as a non-profit organization, devoted to the encouragement of local artists by furnishing them with a central market place for their work. The Center is supported by membership dues and a commission of sales. Here you will find a wide variety of art created by over 50 dedicated local artists from the Florida Keys. Work includes paintings in many mediums, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry and fine craft. If you are searching for a special piece of the Keys, you will find it here.
The Key West Art Center and Gallery provides a year round sales resource for local artists. It provides a community gathering place, learning environment and public exhibit space. We safeguard the heritage of Key West as a city of artists.
The Key West Art Center & Gallery is housed in a historic quaint wooden building in the midst of the city’s old town waterfront area. It was originally constructed in the 1890’s near the waterfront for use as a grocery store. The grocery was owned and managed by the George Babcock family for many years. In later years the building was the location of the first WPA Art Project under President Roosevelt. The WPA was created to help get Americans back to work after the Great Depression. In Key West, which had gone bankrupt in the 1930's, WPA artists helped entice tourists to the city by depicting our beautiful tropical scenery in brochures and other promotional materials.
Join us as we travel to the Key West Art Center to meet an island native named Abigail White. She's an artist who creates fanciful paintings of conch homes that re-imagine the dwellings that are a staple to island life in the Keys.