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Together, We Celebrated Our First Art Fair!

Thank you to the artists and collectors — both young and old, and many for the first time — who made Our First Art Fair at NADA New York a huge success! We welcomed 85+ artworks into our collection, marking our first acquisition in over 20 years. Even better, over 30 young artists sold their artworks for the first time, with all proceeds going back to the artists. Participating artists will be notified within the next two weeks about the sale of their artwork or inclusion in CMA’s permanent collection.

Click here to view all of the artwork submissions and click here to view more photos. Have a great shot? Share your memories of the fair by tagging @CMAinNYC or use the hashtag #OurFirstArtFair!

Check out some of our favorite memories …

The father of Leonardo, age 9, and Lucia Neal, age 5, traveled from Houston to see his children’s artworks.

CMA Artist-Educator Tati Nguyen high fives Lyon Clemens, age 5, after learning that his artwork was sold.

Mia Hartmann, age 10, and her sister Sophia, age 6, enjoyed seeing their artwork up close (and matching their clothes to the artworks!)

New friendships were formed between Jordan Bates (right, age 7) and the young collector who purchased her work.

Peyton Hall, age 8, proudly proclaimed “I am an artist! My work is on display at the NADA Art Fair!”

Willem Ryder Grant, age 9, spots his painting All Cracked Up on display in the booth.

The amazing moment when we made our first sale!

We even received a glowing mention in The New York Times:

“I imagined the proceeds from the works for sale here would benefit the Children’s Museum — but no. In fact, the children were allowed to name their own prices for their works. One child is requesting a chocolate Easter bunny. Another wants three shoes (a pair and a half, apparently). And then there is the 5-year-old whose work is priced at $55,555. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this enterprising youngster running a booth at NADA in, say, five years.”

At NADA, a Glorious Collision of Paintings and Ceramics by Martha Schwendener

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