events & exhibits
the 2021-22 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation, pnc bank,
and the middletown community foundation
upcoming artists' workshops
In this 2-day workshop, students will learn how to transform an ordinary scene into an atmospheric watercolor painting which will deliver an emotional impact to the viewers. You will be guided through the way of painting boldly, bringing out the true quality of watercolor, such as spontaneity, freshness, and fluidity.
The fundamental concepts and techniques of watercolor will also be covered. Strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of pre-planning stage such as tonal value studies and monochromatic painting.
How to effectively work with the wetness of the paper and the pigment concentration of the paint brush as well as ways to execute with confident brush strokes will also be discussed.
Each day will start with a brief discussion of important concepts and a demonstration, followed by student’s own painting time with individual assistance by the instructor.
Registration is limited! You must call the Middletown Arts Center at 513-424-2417 to register and secure your spot in the workshop.
This watercolor workshop is intended for experienced beginners through advanced watercolorists.
Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th from 9:30am-4:30pm.
We will provide light refreshments in the morning and there will be a 45-minute break for lunch where participants may go out for lunch or bring their own to enjoy at the MAC.
Cost is $150 for MAC members and $175 for non-members.
Please note this workshop is non-refundable due to high demand.
Current & Upcoming EXhibits
2020 President's Award Winner
11/12/2021 - 01/13/2022
Showcased during the Area Art Exhibition
The MAC is proud to present the works of our 2020 Area Art Exhibition President's Award Winner Marcia Waller. Her works, A Closer View, will be exhibited in our Lobby Gallery concurrently with this year's Area Art Exhibition, 11/12/2021-01/13/2022.
From Marcia on her exhibit:
This past year has given me an opportunity to look more closely at my life. Thanks to the President’s Award, I spent much of my time painting various places I had visited before the shutdown - abroad, in the U.S., and locally. I also painted some close views of nature at its finest.
A Closer View will be open to the public with free admission during our regular operating hours.
Tomorrow's Artist Today
Exhibiting local teen artists
02/12/2022 - 03/10/2022
Main Exhibition Hall
Noonan, Brockman & Pollock,
& Cincinnati State - Middletown Campus
This exhibit is the premiere opportunity for local middle and high school students to showcase their work in a juried exhibit. Local instructors and homeschooling parents are encouraged to share the talents of their students with the community in this one of a kind annual exhibit.
If you'd like to be added to our email list to receive information on this exhibit, please email us your information here.
Jan 31, 10:00am-3:30pm
Feb. 1, 10:00am-8:00pm
Feb. 2, 10:00am-6:00pm
Feb. 3, 10:00am-8:00pm
Notification of Accepted Work will be Feb. 7th, 2022
Preview Event- Opening Date and First public display of awards - all participants, their instructors, and their friends and family are invited to attend. This is a free event with light morning refreshments!
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10:00am-12:00pm
Declined works may be picked up during regular building hours starting on Feb. 14th.
Exhibit will be on display in our Main Exhibition Hall from Feb. 12th-March 10th, 2022.
February 2022-March 2022
From the Artist:
This exhibit is a collection of cityscape paintings I created from 2013 to 2021 including some paintings of cities I visited during a tip to Italy in 2018.
I am a landscape painter, and cityscapes are particularly my favorite subject matters to paint. In each painting, I strive to create a mood and atmosphere of the place rather than the subject matter itself. By doing so, I get to relive in the moment and the space I was in.
About the Artist:
Yuki Hall is an award winning watercolor artist known for her loose style and impressionistic approached to working with the medium. She emphasizes simplicity, effective use of tonal value patterns, fluidity and execution of confident brush strokes.
For Yuki's complete bio, read more on her website here:
Pictured - October Rain, Yuki Hall
Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists
Exhibiting regional fiber artists
Thoughts, Visions, Mindfulness, and so on...
03/25/2022 - 05/05/2022
Main Exhibition Hall
To be held in the Main Exhibition Hall, showcasing CQAFA members who create artwork in fiber arts: quilting, embroidery, doll-making, rug-hooking, and beading... just to name a few. Their members come from the greater Cincinnati area, northern Kentucky, and Southern Indiana and is open to all who share an interest in the fiber arts.
More information on this exhibit will be available soon!
To learn more about CQAFA, visit their website here: https://www.cqafa.com/
Pictured: Cincinnati Blink, by Barb Stewart
Wendy Eisner is an accomplished artist in a variety of mediums, showcasing her love for life in the natural world.
A collection of Wendy's works will be displayed in our Lobby Gallery. More info on her exhibit coming soon!
You can view Wendy's website here:
Pictured: Artist Wendy Eisner
Annual Reunion Exhibit
in memory of
Gordon and Betty Hughes
featuring Jack Howard
09/18/2021 - 10/21/2021
Main Exhibit Hall
The Middletown Arts Center is excited to announce that Jack Howard will be the featured solo artist exhibiting in our Annual Reunion Exhibit in memory of Gordon and Betty Hughes. The opening reception, open to the public, will be held Saturday, September 18 from 1-3 pm.
This exhibit will feature dozens of new watercolor paintings by Howard as well as a retrospective of some of his most important works, on loan from both MidPointe Library and Miami University. Additionally, some of his most significant architectural renderings of homes will be on display, borrowed from local private collections. Howard's artwork encompasses the local community and has long been valued for its modern, unique style and historical significance.
His exciting new works are varied and include fresh and colorful contemporary pieces, as well as traditional watercolor works, especially a series of the barrier islands off of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Look for details preceding the event, and at the opening reception, for your chance to win a new whimsical, highly collectable, original Jack Howard painting, “Where’s Bob?” A longtime supporter of the MAC, Howard is donating all proceeds of the raffle to support the MAC. Raffle information can be found here.
Works by Gayle Cobb
10/04/2021 - 11/08/2021
Join us as we celebrate the opening of YEAR 28 in our Lobby Gallery with exhibiting artist Gayle Cobb on Thursday, Oct. 7th from 5-7pm.
Gayle Cobb is a Middletown native who specializes in realistic and children’s Illustration. From the difficulty the individual faces to the curiosity of children, her art focuses on the mundane and the imaginative; a reflection of the artist’s logic intertwined with creativity.
Having attained a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University, she has since shown her art in exhibitions locally and in the surrounding states.
In addition to illustrating for 7 years, Gayle’s previous relevant experience includes completion of an illustrated devotional through WestBow Press, an Illustrated military book through Braughler Books, A longtime member of the Society of Children’s book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), recipient of the 2019 SCBWI Artist Showcase in Cleveland and winner of the Most Promising Manuscript for her portfolio at the 2020 SCBWI San Diego conference.
Learn more about the artist at: www.gcillustration.com
About Year 28
Just as the individual practices a skill to become a professional, “Year 28” is a collection of artworks stemming from the artist continuous perseverance to perfecting her craft; ranging from book illustrations to personal projects.
This exhibit is open to the public with free admission during our regular operating hours.
Context of Information
Lithographs and Silkscreens by Andrew Au
About the Artist
Born in Chicago in 1972, Andrew was influenced from an early age by science fiction, religion, reading, illustration, and art. With each series of work he produces, he creates a working narrative that sets the parameters for the aesthetic conventions he uses. The concept for each series is the driving force and sets constraints on each body of work. He considers most of his work to be illustrations for parallel and fictitious experiences, academic research of the absurd, artifacts of the intangible. He teaches at Miami University Regionals and maintains Fuse Press Studio with his wife, Jennifer Purdum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can learn more about Fuse Press Studio here.
About the Exhibit - Lobby Gallery
Context of Information
Humanity has been sending radio transmissions into space with the sole purpose of trying to make contact with other intelligent life. Some messages, such as the Aricebo Message, are so cryptic that they fail to function more than notices that they aren’t accidental. For such information transmission to be effective, there has to be an understood context to make the information relevant. I wondered “What if we received visual information? Would we be able to make sense of it?” In this series, I want to ask these questions, “What are we looking at? Are these things alive? Are they technology? Are these things errors in the information transmission process or instructions? Are these warnings?”