ArtsAcre was originally an institution for nurturing young artists in the field of visual arts. On 3 March 1984, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Sankar laid the foundation stone of a dream called ArtsAcre. It crystallized into an institution of national standing. Gradually, the campus becomes a haven for budding artists and meeting point for men letters. Its modestly-built original campus was inaugurated on 11th January a 1987 by Nobel laureate Gunter with an exposition of his drawings.
Chintamani Kar, Mrinal Sen, Bhabesh Sanyal, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Ashok Mitra, Santosh Kumar Ghosh, Gour Kishor Ghosh, Arun Mitra, Mulk Raj Anand, Khushwant Singh, Sibnarayan Roy, Satish Gujral and Manjit Bawa among other eminent personalities associated with ArtsAcre. They visited the campus often to encourage the artists.
Guest artists from around the world came and worked at ArtsAcre. Exchange of ideas and workshops became a frequent happening. An exchange programme with international artists led to exhibitions by ArtsAcre artists in Londan and Washington, eventually.