The mission of NOADA, as a trade organization, is to promote professionalism in the presentation and marketing of fine art, to educate the public in the sale and collecting of fine art, and to act as a collective voice to enhance the confidence of the public in responsible fine art dealers. This group of select, established galleries and art dealers in Northern Ohio have all placed works with major museums as well as private and corporate collections. Most offer extensive knowledge of all aspects of collecting fine art including conservation, framing, appraisals and installation for both private and corporate clients. The organization provides a venue for members to exchange scholarship and expertise with other members and the public. An annual ARTExpo is the central focus of the organization's public outreach. Periodically, and in conjunction with the ARTExpo, NOADA holds lectures and seminars to further the knowledge and education of art enthusiasts in Ohio. Membership is by invitation only.
NOADA is an outgrowth of the Northeast Ohio Art Dealers Association which was formed in 1990. This association was active in the 90s, becoming dormant by the end of the decade. The association was revived in 2012 and has evolved into the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association encompassing a select group of galleries and dealers from the region.
When the organization reestablished itself in 2012, it planned and held ARTExpo 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art's former location on Carnegie Avenue. The 3 day event provided a rare opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to view works from some of the area's most reputable galleries and dealers all under the same roof. With the success and positive feedback from the expo at MOCA, NOADA decided to make the event annual. ARTExpo 2013 was born when NOADA had the fortune of meeting Fred Bidwell and touring the newly renovated/constructed Transformer Station. The original building, constructed in 1924, was renovated and construction of a new modern wing was completed in late 2012 and the galleries opened to the public in February 2013. ARTExpo 2013 occupied the building May 10th through the 12th marking the first collaboration between the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation and NOADA. Attendees were treated to a vast selection of historical and contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists. Artwork on display included drawings, fiber art, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, and digital and video art.
ARTExpo 2015 will be at the Transformer Station May 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. We hope to see you there.