events & exhibits

Middletown Arts Center Annual Student Exhibition

July 06, 2020

63rd Annual Student Exhibition - July 6 through August 13.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are not hosting a formal opening. The exhibition will be viewable in our main gallery July 6-August 13th. Masks are required to enter the MAC and social distancing guidelines must be observed. We appreciate your support! 

Click here to view prospectus for details on eligibility requirements, submission details, guidelines and calendar. We accepted submissions during regular business hours June 15 through June 25, 2020.

Sponsored by: Suzie & John Bennett, In Memory of Jay Wright

Photo - 2019 Best Of Show "Red Barn" by Carole Lantz


Hughes Family Annual Reunion Show, In Memory of Gordon & Betty Hughes

August 27, 2020

Featuring Watercolor Paintings by Frank Martindell

The Hughes Family Annual Reunion Show can be viewed in our Main Exhibition Hall from August 27th, 2020 - September 24th, 2020

Frank Martindell's wonderful watercolors are painted in the traditional watercolor style.  He considered himself basically a landscape artist.  Frank was a fixture at MAC for many years, first taking classes from nationally known painter and his mentor, Homer Hacker.  He then instructed beginning and intermediate watercolor classes for 24 years, and was content in the knowledge that he was passing on this classic manner of painting. His long-time, dedicated students became a family as well as friends.


Frank's painting philosophy was contained in his statement, "I enjoy teaching and encouraging people who want to paint (but often are sure that they can't) because I feel that with some careful instruction in the basic technologies of watercolor, hard work on their part, encouragement, and sometimes a little luck they can be successful."    

REMINDER: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have very specific regulations in place to view the exhibition. Those viewing the exhibition must wear a mask when entering the MAC. We also request that everyone abide by social distancing guidelines while visiting us. We appreciate your support as we navigate our current environment during the pandemic. Thank you!

Pictured: Frank Martindell, Through Sleet and Snow

Apart But Together: Art During A Pandemic

June 05, 2020

The Middletown Arts Center is excited to host a series of virtual exhibitions, Apart But Together: Art During a Pandemic.


The four part series, a collection of nearly 200 artworks, will be released weekly beginning June 5, 2020. The exhibition is a collaborative partnership with Middletown Arts Center and local high schools: Lakota East, Lakota West, Monroe and Middletown High Schools.


Conceived and curated by Lakota East art teacher Emily Edwards, this virtual display features artwork inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing high school students to come together as an art community.


“Our students are living through history right now.  I wanted a place where they could document this experience for themselves, but leave it open enough that they could use their own interpretations of how to record their time right now” says Edwards.


Student works are personal stories that demonstrate their own responses to the pandemic. In this collection students capture emotions, images they saw, state of mind, news events and reflections from this period of time. These exhibits will serve as a reminder of how COVID-19 impacted daily lives, documenting this unique moment in history.


The series will be displayed virtually via the Middletown Arts Center’s website,, social media platforms, and YouTube channel, part one will begin Friday, June 5, parts two through four released weekly through June 26, 2020.

Pictured:  Work by Sayydina Hicks, 11th Grade, Lakota East

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Middletown, OH  45042


Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19 masks are required to enter the MAC. 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. - 4:00 p.m.

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


Friday, Saturday, & Sunday     

Open for workshops, classes and special events.

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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