Welcome to the Bangor Art Society!

We are the Oldest, Continuous Art Society in the Nation!

B.A.S. was established on February 6, 1875!

This year is our 141st Anniversary!

We have knockout events and opportunities for artists of all ages!

Membership is $25.00 for individuals, $40.00 for family, Corporate $250.00 and can be mailed to Bangor Art society at P.O.B. 2411, Bangor Maine 04402 


The Bangor Art Society’s inception dates back to 1875, when a small group of Bangor artists formed the Bangor Art Association for the purpose of promoting art and extending art education in Bangor with programs that stressed exhibitions of Arts and Crafts, Paintings, Photographs and Prints. The BAS has the distinction of being able to claim the membership of Marsden Hartley, who conducted painting classes for the society during the winter months sometime in the 1940’s. Over the years membership has fluctuated, meetings have been held in various venues in Bangor, and its name changed from Bangor Art Association to the Bangor Society of Arts, to the Bangor Art Society in the late 50’s.

What has never changed has been the purpose of the society. Then as now, we are dedicated to promoting art and encouraging the creative spirit through a variety of programs and events and scholarships to art students. BAS meetings, which often feature artist’s presentations, are open to the public, and take place at 6 pm in the Bangor Public Library on the fourth Tuesday of the month except during the summer. As a non-profit association, some of our yearly events are the BAS All-Member show in February, the BAS juried show in May, the Annual Winter Auction in November, and a recent inclusion of what promises to be a spectacular summer community event: the Paint Bangor Day in the end of July that culminates in a silent auction. We welcome new members and new ideas, and take delight in the passion that fuels the creative spirit.