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events & exhibits

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

Current & Upcoming EXhibits

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Annual Reunion Exhibit

In Memory of Gordon and Betty Hughes

07/22/2022-08/18/2022

Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception:

Friday, July 22, 6-8 pm

with pianist Jay Mills

Celebrating 65 years of creativity and influence on the arts in our community, this year's Annual Reunion Exhibition will feature the varied mediums and talents of MAC instructors!

 

Showcasing the diversity and mastery of MAC's skilled art educators, this exhibition will feature works from mediums taught at the MAC: Drawing, Fiber Artistry, Glass, Ceramics, Enameling, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Photography, Oils, Acrylics, and Silversmithing and more. 

 

Artists that teach youth, teen and adult classes, workshops and outreach programs will be represented. The exhibit will highlight the unique work and artistic voices of those who have a profound impact on the arts in our community, featuring the people at the very center of the MAC’s vision, our instructors.

 

Included in this well anticipated exhibition are twenty renowned local artists and MAC instructors: Darryl Berry, Craig Boldman, Jean Ann Bolliger, Patricia Clark, Jim Crotty, Kathy Davis, Adriana DePalma, Joy Dysart, Erica Eyre, John Ferrando, Ben Frederick, Shawna Hatton, Jill Niemiec, Karen Ng, Andrew Thomas, Nancy Thomson, Peggy Trimble, Jean Vance, Sarah Williams, and Ron Wilson.

 

Pictured: Work by Ceramics Instructor & Studio Manager Jean Ann Bolliger, Exhibiting Artist

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The Bold Colors of A.S. Murrill

August 3 - September 28, 2022

Lobby Gallery

Reception:

Thursday, August 4, 6-7:30

serving up wine & mellow acoustic music by Mick Salyer

We are excited to present the bold, contemporary works of A.S. Murrill in our Lobby Gallery!

 

Explore life out loud with Anthony's bright colors and heavy textures awakening his subjects on canvas.

These vivid artworks, often larger than life, are bringing a lively perspective and fresh air of excitement to our gallery walls!

For more information about Anthony Murrill and his creative process, please visit his website at: www.asmurrillart.com

Pictured: "The Other Side" by A.S. Murrill

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2022 Photography & Digital Art Competition and Exhibit

Sponsored by John & Pat Dupps

September 9 - October 20, 2022

Main Exhibition Hall

Preview Event: September 9, 6-8pm

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

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

Submission for entries starts Monday, July 25 and will end on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 8pm. 

 
Photographs will be submitted via our website.

Download Prospectus Here

 

Enter Submissions Here
 

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Area Art Exhibition

Sponsored by Patti Gage in Memory of George Robert Gage

November 2022 - January 2023

Main Exhibition Hall

Preview Event: To Be Announced

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.

 

Entry information and call for artists coming soon!

 

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

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Paul Rienzo

2021 Area Art Exhibition Presidents Award Winner

November 2022-January 2023

Lobby Gallery

Preview Event: To Be Announced

Excerpt from paulrienzo.com:

Cincinnati artist Paul Rienzo believes that “art must tell a story.”  A student of Gestalt psychology, anthropology, and such illustrators as Norman Rockwell and Joseph Leyendecker, Rienzo uses rich color, powerful composition, and remarkable figurative realism to draw the viewer into the psychic narrative of his paintings.  Many of his acrylic works center on Venice Beach, California, where people gather on the boardwalk just to enjoy the ambience of the crowd itself.  His paintings are subtle, social statements regarding the loss of innocence in American life.

 

“My compositions have a photographic quality, notable in the way the look ‘cropped.”  I want the viewer to imagine there is more happening outside the frame in the same way a photograph represents only a fraction of an event,” Rienzo says.  “At times, it is better to end a painting at a person’s torso rather than include a face that would divert the viewers attention from what you want him or her to see.”

 

Pictured - Yellow, Goodbye by Paul Rienzo, 2021 Area Art Exhibition Presidents Award Winner