events & exhibits
the 2024 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation & The Middletown Community Foundation
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Current & Upcoming EXhibits
Tomorrow's Artist Today
Sponsored by Cincinnati State - Middletown Campus and Mears Insurance
Main Exhibition Hall
Opening Reception 01/27/24, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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.
The official Opening Event will be held on Saturday, January 27 from 10am-12pm. All students, family, friends, and loved ones are invited to attend! Entry is free and open to the public. Live music and light refreshments will be provided. Live artist demo and a caricature artist will also be here! After the opening, this exhibit will remain on display thru 02/29.
Pictured: 2023 Best of Show, Childhood Through A Lens by Zoey Abbott
Art Sprout Preview
An art show presenting the works of Middletown students K-6
Opening Reception 01/27, 10am-12pm
The Middletown City Schools' Elementary Art Department is proud to present their collections of student artwork! Schools presented include: Amanda Elementary, Central Academy, Creekview Elementary, Mayfield Elementary, Miller Ridge Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Wildwood Elementary!
Join us at the Middletown Arts Center as we present this collection of creativity from our local elementary students!
The official Opening Event will be held on Saturday, January 27 from 10am-12pm. All students, family, friends, and loved ones are invited to attend! Entry is free and open to the public. Live music and light refreshments will be provided. A caricature artist will also be here! After the opening, this exhibit will remain on display thru 02/29.
This exhibit has been organized by the Middletown City Schools Elementary Art Department and Educators.
Sensory Friendly Saturday
9:30am - 12:00pm
Explore our art galleries and activities in a sensory-friendly environment!
What to expect:
Art Exploration- enjoy our new MAC scavenger hunt!
Guided Art Activities
Therapy Dog Team from Pet Partners of Greater Cincinnati
There are sunglasses and noise-cancelling headphones available for use during this event. Please inquire at the front desk!
Friendly volunteers from Abilities First will be working alongside MAC Staff as we provide a sensory-friendly experience.
This event is free and open to the public - All ages and abilities are welcome.
Annual Reunion Exhibit presented in memory of Gordon and Betty Hughes
Main Exhibition Hall
Opening Reception Friday, 03/15 6-8pm
Live jazz music by Moses Mabarak Quartet ft. Kelli Campbell
Complimentary light bites + special drinks
Artist Statement: In my art, I challenge the societal prejudices responsible for the distortion of our self-perception and that of others. This began with the realization that I had been unconsciously drawing my own nose larger than it actually was, exhibiting my own imposed prejudice. Determined to reclaim my true vision, I meticulously measured and drew my nose, thus unmasking the insidious presence of racism within my own self-perception.
My transformative process in this series seeks to confront these notions, thus fostering emotional clarity and recognizing vital energy in individuals. Using lines and stripes as metaphors, I explore the tension between inner and external worlds. Through various mediums, I intricately define a sense of interconnectedness, shaping meaning with emotion-infused brushstrokes. My unique artistic language incorporates elements of fauvism, cubism, abstract expressionism, and African art.
The works symbolize a hole in our perceptions of each other that can never truly be filled except with presence. We self-contain this energy of our past and our nature in various ways. The stripes represent that energy and where it is directed- a manifestation of how we filter ourselves, our natural energy, and the tension that surfaces because of that containment- and its influence on interactions between systems of people.
By shedding distorted images, I strive to transform the world- making the truth as unmistakable as the nose on my face. (Full Artist Statement available here)
Pictured: Cropped selection of work to be exhibited by Brian Mathus
Opening Reception: Friday, 03/15 6-8pm
Live music + Complimentary light bites
I’ve always been intrigued by nature- the way it can look or feel different just by the light, the colors, the air. It’s something I’m drawn to and always have been.
Observing is an important part of my art, whether it be a floral, landscape, or figurative painting, it’s inspired by a careful observation of what I’m seeing, and translating that onto canvas or paper.
In my show “Observations: A Delicate Impression” I hope to express that through my work, to show my impression of nature as I see it, and the beauty it brings to life.
PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP TO BE HELD APRIL 13. More details soon.
Annual Student Exhibition
Sponsored by Suzie & John Bennett, in memory of Jay Wright
Main Exhibition Hall
Opening Reception Friday, 05/03 6-8pm
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 skill. Our annual exhibition showcases the best of the best of our students' work.
Prospectus Available Soon
Pictured: 2023 Best of Show, Student Peggy Hostetter