An art group known as the "Art Association Guild" was founded on October 13, 1952, to support the work of its parent group, the Art Association of New Orleans, which dates back to 1887. By 1907, the Art Association of New Orleans' annual exhibition attracted artists whose works are now coveted by prominent museums and collectors. Claude Monet, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, George Luks, Robert Henri and others who are equally as important entered these competitions.
When Delgado Museum opened in 1911, the original Art Association was instrumental in acquiring not only fine works for the collections, but also holding exhibitions. In 1960, the Art Association of New Orleans and Delgado Museum merged, now known as the New Orleans Art Association. Delgado created the Artists' Biennial which was continued by the Museum (now called the New Orleans Museum of Art) until 1977. The present New Orleans Art Association has held 20 national or international art exhibitions as of January 29, 2000, and renewed this commitment by reinstating the national show in 2017 (post Katrina.)
New Orleans Art Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization open to adult artists or art lovers over the age of 18. Our goals are to promote art and recognize artists in the community by exhibiting and publicizing their work throughout the New Orleans area. NOAA consists of professional artists, weekend painters, businessmen, students, housewives and art lovers who have joined together making the Association an important educational tool for themselves and for the community. The 200 members of NOAA find that their cultural growth is enhanced by meeting together for study, discussion and juried exhibitions of their work.