Every year the Middletown Arts Center hosts one of the area's best and most respected juried art shows focusing solely on our area middle school & high school students.
We are proud to be a prominent supporter of our local teen artists and look forward to having a fantastic exhibition and juried show every year- 2021 will be no exception!
In addition to an in-person exhibit, we will also be offering a virtual exhibition approximately halfway through the show.
This exhibit is sponsored by:
Noonan, Brockman & Pollock, DDS.
Pediatric Dentistry | Cincinnati State - Middletown Campus
Pictured: Regan Runtz, 2020 Best of Show for "Geometric"
JUNE 21-24 & JUNE 28-30, JULY 1, 2021
Every summer the MAC hosts an 8-day summer arts experience for our community youth! This immersive class concept is a unique program that enables students to explore their creativity in a relaxed classroom setting guided by experienced instructors.
We'd like to invite all youth grades 1-12 who display artistic ability to apply for a scholarship so that they can take part in this great program for free! Students who apply must be able to attend 2 hours per day for the entire 8-day workshop.
Reflections and Expressions:
Faith, Hope, and Love
From the artist:
I consider myself to be an impressionistic photographer and an expressionistic painter. Through photography, I take in the world around me, observing quiet, often overlooked moments of beauty. I am drawn to light both artistically and spiritually, being especially captivated by reflections. In my imagination, reflections become beautiful impressionistic landscapes of a spiritual realm. Much of my work in the last year focused on combining photography with my love of painting. My Morning Walk series of photographs and paintings is an example of this exploration.
To process emotions and energy, especially with regards to the world around me, I turn to drawing and mixed-media painting. This body of work is representational in nature, employing a solitary figure or simple motif while relying on color, line, and texture to express emotions. It is a paradox to me that the simple shape of the heart represents something so complex. By expressing emotions using the fundamentals of art, I hope the viewer will reflect on the fundamentals of life: faith, hope, and love.
Beneath The Gathering Sky
Main Exhibition Hall
Oil Paintings by Kevin Muente
Artist Kevin Muente is a professor of art at Northern Kentucky University.
Muente has stated:
"For the past several years, my desire to explore the human experience via the metaphor of landscape led me to include figures within nature. I hope that the viewer reads these as metaphysical senses of place. The landscape serves as a backdrop to moments of human action that tap into grand, universal themes."
Additionally, he hopes that, "The paintings portray facets of the human condition such as loss, doubt, wisdom, and faith as to enlighten and remind viewers of their own humanity."
Muente's oil paintings will be on display in our main exhibition hall 03/18/2021-4/22/2021.
Visitors to the MAC are required to wear masks and asked to observe social distancing guidelines while visiting the gallery.