events & exhibits
the 2022 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation and pnc bank
Current & Upcoming EXhibits
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
Featuring wine and the mellow acoustic music of Mick Salyer
Regional professional and amateur photographers and digital artists compete to exhibit their best work.
Esteemed exhibition features a variety of photography and digital art subjects including architecture, landscape, and portraits.
Ron Stevens has been a commercial and art photographer for over 20 years. He has taught photography workshops and seminars around the Midwest and teaches photography in the Department of Art at Miami University. Ron's interests lie in photographing the ordinary world from unique perspectives. Ron is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. He has been part of several regional exhibits and has had 15 images chosen for exhibition by the Professional Photographers of America as well as twice receiving the Hoosier Award from Indiana for outstanding photography and being named one of the top five photographers in the state of Ohio in 1985. He has images in private collections across the country and continues to do commercial photography that is used in national advertising campaigns. Ron is the director of the Phillips Art Center. (Bio from Miami University)
The Bold Colors of A.S. Murrill
August 3 - September 28, 2022
Thursday, August 4, 6-7:30
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
Area Art Exhibition
Sponsored by Patti Gage in Memory of George Robert Gage
November 11 - December 14, 2022
Main Exhibition Hall
Preview Event: Friday, Nov. 11
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.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Submission Dates: 10/31-11/3
Pictured: Agnes Day in the Sun, Graphite, Best of Show 2021, Grace Wilhelm
Work on Paper
From the artist:
I am interested in the romance that we attach to natural space, an illusion onto which we project our desires and fears. Imagery of the tropical is usually glamorous, a sort of air-brushed cultural fantasy of profusion and sensuality. I like to expose its more corporeal reality, depicting vernacular tropical living spaces that one finds a few blocks back from the beachfront.
These images are collaged from personal travel photos, found photos, and art-historical references... The paintings on paper depict ephemerality- momentary phenomena of light, and loose arrangements of elements. Painterly marks disturb the image, reminding the viewer of the flat surface.
By creating spaces that look back at the viewer in this way, I hope to challenge the motivations behind the desiring gaze, with a wink towards surface beauty and spatial play.
2021 Area Art Exhibition Presidents Award Winner
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
Tomorrow's Artist Today
Featuring regional middle and high school artists
Main Exhibition Hall
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