History

The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, not-for-profit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA's collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

Initially, MOBA was housed in the basement of a private home in Boston. This meager exhibition space limited the museum to be a regional cultural resource for the New England area.

As the only museum dedicated to bring the best bad art to the widest of audiences., we felt morally compelled to explore new, more creative ways of bringing this priceless collection of quality bad art to a global audience. The Somerville Theater in Davis Square generously provides gallery space to MOBA. Our permanent gallery is now conveniently located in the basement of a 1912 movie theatre.

MOBA was an instant media success. In the early days, MOBA was celebrated in articles in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Wired, the London Times, and many more publications around the world. Recently, attention from NPR, Smithsonian.com, Harvard Magazine and dozens of small and large media outlets continues to grow our audience.

We continue to connect with our fans through Facebook, MOBA News email, YouTube videos, this site, and MOBA books.

Lucy in the Field with Flowers

Oil on canvas by Unknown

Acquired from trash in Bostons

This single painting planted the seed that grew into MOBA. The motion, the chair, the sway of her breast, the subtle hues of the sky, the expression on her face--every detail combines to create this transcendent and compelling portrait

This painting was the inspiration for the founding of the Museum of Bad Art.