events & exhibits

the 2020-21 exhibition season is supported by the marilyn g. knoll foundation

Photography & Digital Art Competition 2020

October 08, 2020

Exhibition will be October 8 - November 5, 2020

Middletown Arts Center presents the 9th Annual Photography and Digital Art Competition. 

All Professional and Amateur Photographers 16 years or older are eligible to submit digital photographs, film photographs or other digital works of art on our website.

Submission for entries starts August 24 and will end on September 10.  
Photographs will be submitted via our website.

Download Prospectus Here


Photo Credit: Laura James - Curratuck Staircase | 2019 Best of Show

Sponsored by: John & Pat Dupps

Hughes Family Annual Reunion Show, In Memory of Gordon & Betty Hughes

August 27, 2020

Featuring Watercolor Paintings by Frank Martindell

The Hughes Family Annual Reunion Show can be viewed in our Main Exhibition Hall from August 27th, 2020 - September 24th, 2020

Frank Martindell's wonderful watercolors are painted in the traditional watercolor style.  He considered himself basically a landscape artist.  Frank was a fixture at MAC for many years, first taking classes from nationally known painter and his mentor, Homer Hacker.  He then instructed beginning and intermediate watercolor classes for 24 years, and was content in the knowledge that he was passing on this classic manner of painting. His long-time, dedicated students became a family as well as friends.


Frank's painting philosophy was contained in his statement, "I enjoy teaching and encouraging people who want to paint (but often are sure that they can't) because I feel that with some careful instruction in the basic technologies of watercolor, hard work on their part, encouragement, and sometimes a little luck they can be successful."    

REMINDER: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have very specific regulations in place to view the exhibition. Those viewing the exhibition must wear a mask when entering the MAC. We also request that everyone abide by social distancing guidelines while visiting us. We appreciate your support as we navigate our current environment during the pandemic. Thank you!

Pictured: Frank Martindell, Through Sleet and Snow

Coffee! A Watercolor Exhibition

September 01, 2020

Lobby Gallery Exhibition open Sept. 1st - Sept. 24th

The theme of the challenge was "Coffee!"

This exhibition features work by watercolor artists in instructor Peggy Trimble's advanced watercolor classes.

Some MAC artists used actual coffee as a color! Only 3 other colors were allowed to be used: cadmium red, ultramarine blue, and burnt umber.

This exhibition is free to view and open during MAC's regular operating hours. Masks must be worn inside the building, and social distancing guidelines should be followed.

HAIRitage: The Journey Continues

October 01, 2020

“HAIRitage: The Journey Continues” showcases the newest collection of Erin M. Smith Glenn’s works that highlight, educate and celebrate the vast uniqueness of African and African American hair history and culture.

This Lobby Gallery Exhibition will be available for viewing during open hours October 1 through November 30.

In order to enter the MAC masks must be worn. We also request that social distancing guidelines be followed.

Artist Bio:
Erin Smith-Glenn is an assistant professor of art at Central State University and the primary advisor of the Visual Arts Club at Central State University. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from Central State University, with 2 dimensional studio art as her concentration from both institutions. Her experience and understanding of 2D studio art includes the media of colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, graphite, oil painting, acrylic painting, and ink.

Upon graduation from Central State University with a BA in studio art, Erin Smith-Glenn immediately pursued her MFA, as well as a lifelong passion for studying abroad in Italy, which she considers one of the top career decisions she’s ever made.

Erin has exhibited works in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois, respectively, with a secured spot in an upcoming exhibition in the state of Washington, which she is looking forward to. She realized her home was once again at Central State University, where she currently serves a full time position and teaches drawing, painting, design, and history courses in the Fine & Performing Arts Department. She plans to continually practice her artwork, vows never to stop “growing as an artist and individual”, and will always strive to instill this concept in her students as she does herself.

Currently, her she has work traveling with the African American Visual Artist Guild (AAVAG) and Women Strong multimedia exhibit, both featured throughout the city of Dayton.

Apart But Together: Art During A Pandemic

June 05, 2020

The Middletown Arts Center is excited to host a series of virtual exhibitions, Apart But Together: Art During a Pandemic.


The four part series, a collection of nearly 200 artworks, will be released weekly beginning June 5, 2020. The exhibition is a collaborative partnership with Middletown Arts Center and local high schools: Lakota East, Lakota West, Monroe and Middletown High Schools.


Conceived and curated by Lakota East art teacher Emily Edwards, this virtual display features artwork inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing high school students to come together as an art community.


“Our students are living through history right now.  I wanted a place where they could document this experience for themselves, but leave it open enough that they could use their own interpretations of how to record their time right now” says Edwards.


Student works are personal stories that demonstrate their own responses to the pandemic. In this collection students capture emotions, images they saw, state of mind, news events and reflections from this period of time. These exhibits will serve as a reminder of how COVID-19 impacted daily lives, documenting this unique moment in history.


The series will be displayed virtually via the Middletown Arts Center’s website,, social media platforms, and YouTube channel, part one will begin Friday, June 5, parts two through four released weekly through June 26, 2020.

Pictured:  Work by Sayydina Hicks, 11th Grade, Lakota East

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