events & exhibits

the 2022 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation and pnc bank

Current & Upcoming EXhibits

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Area Art Exhibition

Sponsored by Patti Gage in Memory and Honor of
George Robert Gage

November 11 - December 14, 2022

Main Exhibition Hall

Preview Event: Friday, Nov. 11 6-8pm

Live Violinist Noele Grace with wine + light refreshments served.

Every year we look forward to honoring excellence of artwork created in the greater Cincinnati Dayton region.


Last year saw a robust response from regional artists with a record number entries submitted across multiple mediums, including oils and acrylics, watermedia, drawing, glass, ceramics, enamels, and mixed media.



Click here for prospectus/all entry guidelines

Click here for list of accepted entries

Click here for list of award winners


Submission Dates: 10/31-11/3

Pictured: Agnes Day in the Sun, Graphite, Best of Show 2021, Grace Wilhelm


Paul Rienzo

Mythos Morte/Millennial Parade


Lobby Gallery

Preview Event + Artist Talk:

Thursday, November 17, 6-8pm

Paul Rienzo will lead guests on a guided tour of his exhibited works, leading into discussion on his process.

The discussion on his process will cover working from photos, working with acrylic paint, workspace, overcoming challenges (blending, overpainting, black and white objects, details), and progression.

Excerpt from artist on his two collections being exhibited:


Mythos Morte:

"...Art emerged from myths.  The gods, stories and legends from ancient communities were depicted by primitive paintings and sculpture, making the unseen real.  Mythical and spiritual subject matter has been a primary concern for art for most of history.  But visual art in particular has found other aims, leaving myths behind for the most part..."


Millennial Parade:

"In the Millennial Parade series, I aim to use bold color and design to grab the viewer from across a crowded room. Upon closer inspection, I wish to convey observations about evolving American society.  The parade serves as a metaphor for trends of constructing of new realities and their blending, inflated importance, complexity, teaming up, the daily marching by of what matters, and anxiety.  Each work intends to express facets of life today."


More on his website here:

Pictured - Aliens by Paul Rienzo, Mythos Morte Collection


Tomorrow's Artist Today

Featuring regional middle and high school artists


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception:

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Tomorrow’s Artist Today is the premiere opportunity for local middle and high school students to showcase their work in a professionally juried exhibit. Local emerging artists ages 13-18 are encouraged to share their talents with the community in this one-of-a-kind annual exhibit.

Submission Dates: January 9-12, 2023

All entry information can be found on the prospectus here.

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Barbara Pask

Local Artist


Lobby Gallery


A collection of original oil paintings. Most works are painted from life.

From the Artist:

"Art feeds my soul. I am continually learning and loving the journey." 

"I love the challenge of producing good art. Painting from life excites me the most." 

About the Artist:

Barbara Pask is a full time artist. She paints in oils and specializes in pet portraits. She paints all subjects and paints plein air frequently. She is a member of the Cincinnati Womens Art Club, The Brush & Palette Painters and the Arts Alliance Painters. Barbara has won numerous awards and had a painting published in a book by North Light. You can also find her on YouTube painting and her website is


C.F. Payne

Illustrator + artist whose work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, on the cover of Time Magazine, NYT Bestsellers, and more.


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 3, 6-8pm

The MAC will be offering premiere illustration workshop and artist talk opportunities for this exhibit. More details coming soon.

From his website:

C.F. Payne is an illustrator and arts educator with a passion for drawing. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, MAD, Boys Life, Atlantic Monthly, AARP, the Wall Street Journal and many other national and international publications.

His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Norman Rockwell Museum, Mazza Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum and others around the world. He is the subject of the movie: C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator.

C.F. Payne lives in Ohio and continues to accept assignments and commissions from clients and individuals around the world. He enjoys speaking to students and professionals at universities, schools and art groups. C.F. is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration program at the University of Hartford.

More on his website here:

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Bonita Goldberg


Lobby Gallery

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