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events & exhibits

the 2023 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation and pnc bank

Current & Upcoming EXhibits

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The Works of C.F. Payne

Acclaimed American Illustrator


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 3, 6-8pm

Lectures & Workshop Opportunities:

Acrylics with Brayer Workshop

Designing Your Art Workshop

Why Illustration Matters in the Arts Lecture, 3/28/23, 7pm

In addition to our regular hours, we will be open for special Saturday hours during this exhibit on these days: 

March 4, 9am-4pm

March 11, 9:30am-4:30pm

March 25, 9am-4pm

Renowned American caricaturist and illustrator C.F. Payne will be exhibiting at the MAC this coming March 3-April 6. His expressive and nuanced portraits capture well known personalities and every day people alike. Contemporary works feature several from his new state bird series and illustrations from his latest book release with author Brent Coleman, "Cincinnati Characters: The Unknown, Unappreciated and Unhinged." Retrospective works will highlight selections of his editorial work for magazines, children's book illustrations, advertisements and more. His works have been in the National Portrait Gallery, in addition to being on the covers of Time, The Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, MAD Magazine and more.

Payne is a Miami University alumni and Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration program at the University of Hartford. He is a passionate and avid arts educator, and will be offering community learning opportunities, such as a premiere illustration workshops and a free artist talks, during his exhibition at the MAC.

More on his website here:

This exhibition is sponsored by:

James and Barbara (Spence) Pearce

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This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Middletown Arts Center.

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Bonita Williams Goldberg


Lobby Gallery

Artist Talk - April 11 at 7pm

Free and open to the public

From the Artist:

"Color is my voice, painting is my language. My art begins in my heart. Hopefully it communicates the balance, force, and harmony that I see in my life. I am driven by the challenge, excitement, discoveries and sometimes disappointments of having my images expressed on canvas."

Learn more about Bonita and her work on her website:

Pictured: Paris City of Lights, Bonita Goldberg


Miami University Regionals Student Exhibition


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception 04/21 6-8pm

The Middletown Arts Center is presenting the Miami University Regionals: 2023 Student Arts Exhibition in our Main Exhibition Hall. The show will be featuring work from student artists and designers who are representing the Miami University Regionals Humanities and Arts Department. There will be a wide variety of mediums on display including Drawing, Digital Drawing, Painting, Digital Painting, Photography, Designs, Printmaking, and Illustration.

Pictured: Work by Sarah Hynfield 2021 exhibition, Charcoal/Mixed Media

This exhibit is sponsored by:

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Annual Student Exhibition


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception 05/12 6-8pm

The Middletown Arts Center offers art education in Painting, Drawing, Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Fiber, Enameling, Metalworking and more.


The talented MAC instructors help hundreds of students each year to develop their artistic skills. They encourage students to learn new techniques, explore the confines of their mediums, and to realize their artistic vision.  


Our annual exhibition showcases the best of the best of our students' work.

Pictured: Natural Lace, 2022 BOS by Jan Holladay Scheuber

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Encaustic Artists Collection


Lobby Gallery

Featuring encaustic artwork by Kate Santucci, Mary Beth Whitley, and Charlene Fox

The Middletown Arts Center is pleased to present the encaustic works of three local artists, Kate Santucci, Mary Beth Whitley, and Charlene Fox. More information coming soon!

Pictured: Selection of Shouting Down A Well by Kate Santucci

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