(Above: "At the Derby" by Mary Farrance)

Our Mission Statement: The Southwest Michigan Artists' Association exists to promote Artists, by helping them to develop their talent, providing a supportive environment in networking, and showcasing their art work. We provide classes in teaching art to children, and adults.



  • Pursue a diverse group of artists that will reflect the same diversity that exists within the communities of Southwest Michigan.
  • Promote artistic excellence by providing a forum for communication, skill sharing and mentoring within the community of artists.
  • Provide and maintain a permanent gallery for displaying artists’ work, with the goal of becoming a destination for people who have an interest in art.
  • Provide art classes with a focus on artistic development of children and adults with cost effective workshop sessions, when necessary, scholarships.
  • Initiate artistic activities, programs and events that bring community members together.
  • Support school art programs by promoting student artists in SMAA events.
  • Foster artistic interests within the community and become a destination.