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events & exhibits

the 2024 exhibition season is supported by:
the miriam g. knoll foundation & The Middletown Community Foundation

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Current & Upcoming EXhibits

Annual Photography + Digital Art Exhibition


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception Friday, 08/02 6-8pm

Middletown Arts Center presents their annual Photography and Digital Art Competition. Click here to download prospectus. 

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

Regional professional and amateur photographers and digital artists compete to exhibit their best work. This esteemed exhibition features a variety of photography and digital art subjects including architecture, landscape, and portraits.

Pictured: Cropped Selection of 2023 Best of Show, "Showgirls in the Shadows" by Alexander Boardman


Between Realms - Works by Chip Williamson


Lobby Gallery

Reception Friday, 08/02 6-8pm | Artist Talk 08/15 6:30-8pm

From the artist: Photography has a special way to invite its viewers into the past; into worlds long gone, exposing the reality and the mystery between the “then” and the “now”. Faded images, yellowed through the years, enhance the feeling of time and distance. Photos of the motherland, great grandparents, long-gone babies, historic events, and even past wonders of the world take us into other worlds, where time travel is possible and the mystery of living and dying is revealed for just a moment, somewhere between realms. Read the complete exhibit description and artist statement here.

Pictured: Work from "Between Realms" series by Chip Williamson

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Tuscan Treasures - Works by Peggy Trimble


Lobby Gallery

Reception Friday, 08/02 6-8pm

Eighteen months ago, I visited the bustling and exciting city of ancient Florence, Italy, and the lovely, quiet, historic town of Siena.  The trip ended with a week's stay at a farm called Frattoria del Colle which was nestled in the beautiful, quiet Tuscan countryside, in the shadow of the small, stone hilltop village of Trequanda.

The term farm was certainly misleading, as the Frattoria was actually a vibrant, active wine-making agriturismo.  The property itself is composed of seven or eight charming, quaint buildings, most of which were constructed in the 1700s.   Owned by the historic del Colle family, whose culture and history trace back many centuries in this area, the buildings and acres of beautiful, parklike grounds are a monument to the family’s determination to carefully preserve the old while living in the present.

Included among these structures stands a small, brick, antiquated chapel, exuding with the gracefulness of its period charm.  Filled with the family’s art and religious items, it includes an original Della Robbia wreath.

During the week, I also toured several small surrounding villages, each more captivating than the next with their stone and stucco homes and marketplaces, and the friendly warmth of the Italian people.

In its entirety, the surroundings were inspiring for any artist.  The paintings you are viewing are the result of the peaceful serenity found in this bucolic setting.

Pictured: Work by Peggy Trimble

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Joyful Designs -Works by MAC Jewelry Students


Lobby Gallery

Reception Friday, 08/02 6-8pm

A contemporary appreciation for applying pigments on metal, this whimsical showcase of craftsmanship is sure to delight! This exhibit features the newest works from MAC Jewelry students using this interesting and captivating technique. 

Pictured: Work by MAC Student Peggy Hostetter

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Watercolor Ohio 2024


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception Saturday, 09/21 1-4pm

The 47th Annual Juried Exhibition for the Ohio Watercolor Society

Juror of Selection and Awards: Ken Call

2024 OWS Workshop: People and Figures in Watercolor, 7/16-7/19 More info & Register Here

About the Juror:

Born and raised in Rochelle, Illinois, Ken went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in 1980 with an Associate Degree in Illustration and Watercolor. After starting his career as a studio artist, he soon branched out and began a successful freelance career, which led to the creation of over 500 illustrations for books, magazines, art publishers, advertising agencies and corporations. During the past few years, Ken made the transition to fine art and portraiture. 

Many of his originals hang in galleries and homes across the country. Several awards have led to Signature status in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society along with being a Master Signature member with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Illinois Watercolor Society. 

Pictured: 2023 Ohio Watercolor Society Gold Medal Winner, Weeds by Jeanette B. Ferguson

This exhibit is sponsored by C Robert Buchanan, Architect, and:

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Expressive Color - Works by Trish Weeks


Lobby Gallery

Reception 9/26, 6-8pm | Palette Knife Techniques + Expressive Color Workshop on October 19 - More info coming soon

Trish draws inspiration from the organic landscapes in the Midwest and the Carolinas.  She also adds a global perspective by including memories from travels to paint in Europe, India, China, Japan and Nepal where she paints plein air in the environments she is experiencing.  Trish’s signature works portray expressionist views of nature that seem to breathe and vibrate with amazing energy.  These are created by combining simple compositions with complex layers of color using a palette knife to intensify the clarity and impact of the colors.  Her technique with the palette knife shows both delicate detail and also creates bold swaths that intensify the expeience.  Despite her strong technique, her composition and palette maintain a serenity; and the subject maintains a delicacy. 


Trish’s art achieves a unique balance in its constituent elements, which may account for the sense of well being it brings to viewers.  Those who experience her work routinely comment on how good it makes them feel, and describe it as a tactile experience or “a dance with color”.

Pictured: Work by Trish Weeks

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Area Art Exhibition


Main Exhibition Hall

Opening Reception Friday 11/08/24, 6pm-8pm

Middletown Arts Center presents the Annual Area Art Exhibition. This juried competition is open to adult artists working in 2D & 3D media. See the best work from artists within a 50 mile radius of Middletown.

Work to be accepted Monday, October 28 - Thursday, October 31 during business hours - check business hours on prospectus (coming soon).

The Area Art Exhibition is presented by Patti Gage in memory and honor of George Robert Gage.

*Due to the high volume of entries, payment for entry fees must be made with cash or check

Pictured - Section of Homage to the Ancestors by Clifford Darrett

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FAVORITES - Works by Phillip Erbaugh


Lobby Gallery

Reception Friday 11/08/24, 6pm-8pm

The Middletown Arts Center presents the 2023 Presidents Award Winner, Phillip Erbaugh.

Annually, the President's Award is given during the Area Art Exhibition to an artist who displays an inherent depth in their work, paired with mastery and interest in their medium. The winner is awarded an exhibition the following year.

FAVORITES features a self-curated selection of the artist's own favorite works since his retirement from General Motors fifteen years ago. Sharing his variety of talents, Erbaugh will present works in oils, watercolors, pastels, and graphite. Some works have never been exhibited publicly, while others have received Best of Show awards. This exemplary collection is sure to intrigue and spark conversation.

Pictured: Self Portrait x7, by Phillip Erbaugh

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