events & exhibits

MAC Art Challenge : T-shirt Edition

April 15, 2020

**Submission deadline has passed**

MAC extends an open call for entries to design art for MAC Merch! Several winning designs will complete a collection of MAC T-Shirt apparel available for purchase online.

Artists, there are no prizes. But… you will receive fame and recognition when cool folks wear t-shirts rocking your designs, and feel awesome knowing that purchases directly contribute toward MAC’s financial sustainability during tough economic times.

Our Facebook friends will vote to select the winners!

MAC Supporters – Look forward to voting on as many favorites as you like! Enjoy sporting work by your favorite independent artist on quality t-shirt(s) while supporting and safeguarding your local arts center! It’s a winning combination!



  • MAC logo will appear on T-Shirt Front

  • Your design, with artist recognition, will appear on T-Shirt Back

  • On T-shirt, arts education for all ages:


  • Designs in any/all mediums instructed at the MAC highly encouraged!

  • Submissions open to ages: 7 years through Adult - youth, teens, adult, seniors welcome!

  • Upload a photo of your design on our website here:

  • Submission dates are: April 15th, 2020 - May 13th, 2020 11:59pm

AGREEMENT - Submission of work to MAC Art Challenge: T-shirt Edition, shall indicate an agreement on the part of the artist to permit usage of submitted photographs of work, without compensation, for: publicity, marketing, merchandizing (to include, but not limited to the sale of t-shirts), sale, and promotion. MAC rights are not exclusive, artist will retain rights. Artist will be recognized in any and all MAC usage of their work.  

Virtual Exhibition - Congressional Art Competition

April 04, 2020

We are proud to host this virtual exhibition with the support of Cincinnati State Middletown Campus.

The Middletown Arts Center is excited to once again be hosting the Congressional Art Competition with the support of Cincinnati State Middletown Campus. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Arts Caucus coordinates an annual art competition for high school students.  This competition provides a unique opportunity to recognize the rich artistic talents of high school students throughout the nation.  Congressman Warren Davidson invited students who reside in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District to participate in “An Artistic Discovery’” – the 2020 competition and national exhibit. 

This prestigious competition features three categories: Photography, All Other Permissible Media, and Scenes from Ohio’s 8th.  


Grand prize piece is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, winner gets tickets for two to fly with Southwest for the national reception in Washington, DC, scholarships offered.


First Place winner is displayed for one year in the Washington, DC, office of Congressman Warren Davidson.


Six OH-08 winners will be displayed in the offices of Congressman Warren Davidson for one year.
Ohio District 8's Competition exhibit will be displayed virtually via the Middletown Arts Center’s website,, and social media platforms, revealing the winners, on Saturday, April 4. This exhibit runs through April 14, 2020.

Photo - Grand Prize 2019- Ryan Kmieske, Lakota East High School, 12th Grade, "Portrait"


Scholarship Competition for Summer Young Artist Workshop | Deadline March 12, 2020

The MAC still plans on offering the YAW program this summer. Dates will be announced as soon as we receive clarification and guidelines from state and local health organizations. As soon as we are able to solidify dates we will also notify the scholarship recipients. Thank you for your patience!

We are accepting pictures for our Scholarship Competition for our eight day Summer Young Artist Workshop - June 22 - 25 & June 29 - July 2, 2019.


The competition is open to all youth going into grades 2 through 12 who display artistic ability.  If they are able to attend the 8 day session here at the MAC, the following steps should be followed:


1.         Each student who wants to be considered should submit one small drawing (on 8-1/2 " x 11" paper only) in person to the Middletown Arts Center at 130 N. Verity Parkway, or mailed to P.O. Box 441, Middletown, OH 45042, on or before Thursday, March 12.  No framed pieces will be accepted.  Submitted artwork will be held and may be retrieved from the Center until the end of April.


2.         The registration form must be attached by one piece of tape to the back side of the drawing.  Please do not staple.  We must have the student’s home address, & phone number, school information only will not be accepted and student will be immediately disqualified.   


3.         The Center’s instructors will screen the work and select approximately 20 - 25 students to participate in the workshop.  Those students will be notified by mail.


Please find Scholarship Competition Application Form here.

Sponsored by The Reggie Finkelman Trust Fund & Girdwood Orthodontics

Photography & Digital Art Competition 2020

May 01, 2020

Our May 1st Photography Exhibition has been POSTPONED.  If you have already submitted entries to this exhibition, we will be refunding your entry fee. Please bear with us, we have much administration to tend to regarding our suspension of classes, events and public access to the MAC through April 23. Please see our announcement regarding COVID-19 at the top of our page and contact us should you have any questions. We will reevaluate our exhibition schedule at a later date. We look forward to rescheduling this event in the future. 

May 1st-May 28th, 2020

Middletown Arts Center presents the 9th Annual Photography and Digital Art Competition. 

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

Submission starts March 2nd and will end on April 2nd.  
Photographs will be submitted via our website.

Download Prospectus Here

Submit Entries Here

Photo Credit: Laura James - Curratuck Staircase | 2019 Best of Show

Sponsored by: John & Pat Dupps

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130 N. Verity Parkway

Middletown, OH  45042


Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19 we are closed to the public until further notice. Please call 513-424-2417 with any questions.

Monday               9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday               9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Wednesday        9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Please call or check our website for further information.    

The Middletown Arts Center is an active participant in the Butler County Safety Pledge Program regarding guidelines for health and safety throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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