12X12 Online Entry

Reid Hodges Gallery
October 4 – October 28, 2016

Opening Reception Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00pm

Online Entry until 9/22/16, Notify 9/27/16
Receiving 10/1/16, 9:00am – 1:00pm

An open, all media juried exhibition limited to works where the OUTSIDE dimensions are 12 x 12, whether framed or unframed.

What does 12 x 12 mean? 12 inches x 12 inches or 12cm x 12cm or 12mm x 12mm. (Sorry, we can’t accommodate 12 feet or yards!) On 3D pieces, two of the OUTSIDE dimensions are 12 by 12, the third can vary, as in a 12″ round ceramic plate that is 1″ deep.

Pick Up -10/29/16

Click Here for Exhibition Requirements

Entry Fees: Entry fees are nonrefundable and support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10”
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30

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12X12 Open Exhibition

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12X12 Open Exhibition
Feb 23 – March 25

Reid Hodges Gallery
Juror: Elaine Charney
12X12 is an open, all media, juried exhibit featuring work where two of the outside dimensions are  12X12: inches, centimeters, millimeters, picas or points. Two outside dimensions must be 12 something each: centimeters, millimeters picas or points. The third dimension is flexible (For example, a painting might be 12″ x 12″ x 3″, a sculpture might be 12″ x 12″ x 8″, a piece of jewelry might be 12 mm x 12mm x 6mm, etc.) All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces. No feet or yards, please!

Pick-up: March 26, 9-1pm

Pictured: The Journey by Ken Snyder

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Fine Craft & Photography Open Exhibition

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Fine Craft & Photography
Feb 23 – March 25
Kellogg & Searle Galleries

Opening Reception Thursday Feb 25, 5-7pm


Photography Juror: Scott Hime
Fine Craft Juror: Michele Tuegel

Fine Craft & Photography is an open, juried exhibit featuring fine craft & photography. All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces.

Pick-up: March 26, 9-1pm

Pictured: Cypress #1, Hillsborough River by Michael Brousseau

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Presenting Sponsor is Johnson PhotoImaging

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Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us

Kellogg Gallery
January 12-February 19, 2016

Exhibition: Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us – January 12-February 19, 2016.

See an interview with Mary Whyte by METV Click Here


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“Everything an artist creates is done in a solitary way except when painting another human being. Then there are two people involved. One who changes the model forever, and one who forever changes the artist.” – Whyte

Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative watercolor paintings have earned international recognition.  A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.

Whyte was one of ten watercolor artists of the world invited to the China and Foreign Countries International Watercolour Summit at the Nanning Art Gallery in Nanning China, October 2013.  Simultaneously, The Butler Institute of American Art showcased twenty of Whyte’s major works in a solo exhibition named after her recently released biography titled, More Than A Likeness, The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by Martha R. Severens and published by University of South Carolina Press.

Whyte continues to travel the world, to paint, to teach and to touch, and be touched by, the lives of the people and places she encounters.

In January 2016, she will travel to Bradenton, Florida, an area sometimes referred to as the “Watercolor Coast”, to exhibit a selection of her work at ArtCenter Manatee, the premier visual arts center in Manatee County Florida. While there, Whyte will teach an intensive two-day workshop for students of all levels: Portrait and Still Life in Watercolor with Mary Whyte.

It will be a rare opportunity to explore the artistic wisdom of a watercolor master who has made it her work to share her unique and ever-so-human perspective and experience with others.

Reception: An Intimate Evening with Mary Whyte – Join us as we welcome internationally known watercolor artist, Mary Whyte, to our galleries for an intimate evening. Great art, great conversation, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. A unique opportunity to view the exhibit and talk with Mary. January 13, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Workshop Attendees $55, ACM members $75, Non-members $100.

Workshop: FULL, please call to be put on a waiting list, 941-746-2862.

All events are at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205. 941-746-2862

Natural Elements Exhibit

Natural Elements Exhibit

This curated exhibit features the work of 5 accomplished local artists whose work in wood and graphite will be displayed in the Kellogg Gallery December 8 – January 8.

Pick up January 9, 9-1

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Snatch It!

Grab a prize worth $250 to over $2,000!
For only $125 per Snatcher Ticket!

A fundraiser for ArtCenter Manatee

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Fine Craft & Photography: Online Entry Form

Fine Craft photography

Feb 23 – Mar 25
Opening Reception Feb 25, 5-7pm

Online Jan 14 – Feb 11, 5pm
In-Person Receiving: Feb 20, 9-1pm

Pick-up: Mar 26, 9-1pm

Fine Craft & Photography is an open, juried exhibit featuring fine craft and photography. Open to all artists, each artist may enter up to 3 pieces.

Entry Fees: Entry fees support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30

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Endangered by Lloyd Roberts

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Endangered by Lloyd Roberts
Oct 6- Nov 6
Kellogg Gallery

Opening Reception Thurs, Oct 8, 5-7pm
Free and open to the public

Lloyd Roberts’ photographs bring you close to some of the world’s most beautiful creatures in some of earth’s most remote places. A leopard peers out from his resting place, a pair of polar bears frolic in the snow, a line of wild horses stampedes towards him as he prepares his shot. The work of Lloyd Roberts is showcased in Endangered, in the Kellogg Gallery. Roberts’ work will hook you at first glance, drawing you closer as you wonder at the beauty of nature and her creatures and his ability to capture and convey the emotion of the moment. While photography is Roberts’ passion, he is also an accomplished watercolor artist and bronze sculptor. All three will be on display until Nov 6.


Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Online Entry

FAF Logo 72To enter the Fine Arts Festival, please complete the form below, uploading the required four images. When you are finished, select submit. You will be taken to PayPal to pay the $30 non-refundable jury fee. Thanks for entering!

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Go With The Flow

flow-FINALGo with the Flow is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Art will be displayed October 6-November 6.

Pick-up is Sat Nov 7, 9-1


Juror: Susan Foster


1st Place: John Bayalis Morning with Monet, Watercolor

2nd Place: Margaret Bayalis Rhapsody, Oil

3rd Place: Linda Lee Foster-Paul Moonlight On Water X, Watercolor

Merit: Lisa Swift North Jetty Light, Oil

Honorable Mentions:
Bernice Gaines In Motion, Watercolor

Roseann Haslett Snow Bear and Friends, Pastel

Jill Krasner Revisit, Watercolor & Gouache

Jean Cormier Red Tide Event, Acrylic Sea Salt Washes

Best In Jewelry: Margaret Hoyt, Art Flows Through Time, Roman Ancient Glass, Citrine, Silver

Best In 3D: Robert Doyon Totem Portal, Wood

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Sunday February 28, 2016 10-4pm

Congratulations to the winners!

Awards were given in each of the classes of entry along with a Best of Show.

Best of Show: Aileen Lampman, Jewelry

Fine Craft: 1st, Daniel MeKenna, Stained Glass. 2nd, Tom Derrough, Wood. 3rd, Mary Lou Babich, Fiber

Jewelry: 1st Deborah Barnes. 2nd, Lorri Mason. 3rd, Barbara Boyce

Painting: 1st, Dorothy Gaziano. 2nd, Kathleen Green. 3rd, B. Batchelder

Photography: 1st, Steven Nesius. 2nd, Earl Vandygriff. 3rd, Robin Rebeck

Pottery: 1st, Geoff Walsh

Sculpture: 1st, Eric Moore. 2nd, John Cheer. 3rd, Leland Williams


Art By Kids With Cancer

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September 1- October 2
Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm

We invite you to view (and purchase!) this very special collection of art work by a very special group of young artists.

The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local students in the arts now in its twelfth year, works with the staff at the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork goes to provide direct assistance to Southwest Florida families in crisis facing the financial challenges of childhood cancer through the “Family Emergency Fund”, created and funded by the Young Artists Awards. This fund, administered by a social worker at the hospital, helps families of kids with cancer with prescription costs, groceries, transportation, and other items otherwise not covered.


Art Matters Exhibition

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Kellogg & Searle Galleries
September 1 – October 2

Opening Reception September 3, 5-7pm

Juror: Barbara Anderson Hill, Consultant, City of Fort Myers Public Art Program

Art Matters is an open, all media, juried exhibit that celebrates the importance of art in our lives and in the life of our community.

Pick Up: October 3

Black & White Exhibit

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Reid Hodges Gallery

April 28 to May 29

Opening Reception Thursday April 30th, 5:00-7:00pm

An open all media juried exhibition of work that is black and white and all shades of gray.


“Veiled Impression” by Mary Jo Johnson

Click Here for Exhibition Requirements



Lucy Barber

Artist’s Statement, Exhibition Record and Teaching Experience

Lucy Barber has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work has been reviewed in notable press such as The New York Times, The New York Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Art New England, among others. For her studio painting and drawing Lucy has received numerous awards, including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2008 Barber was invited to teach as full-time Visiting Artist Instructor at The Ringling College of Art and Design in the degree program, and also has taught there as part-time instructor. In addition, Barber has taught at Pratt Institute in the Foundation Program, Bowdoin College, The College of William & Mary among other esteemed colleges. Barber received her MFA in painting and drawing from Brooklyn College City University of New York, and her BFA in photography from the The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Lucy teaches and paints in Sarasota, Florida, conducting workshops, teaching privately and in classes.  

Classes with Lucy Barber

ArtCenter Manatee Press Releases

2017-2018 Season

Oct 9, 2017 Off the Wall and Dancing Brush Sumi-e

Sep 20, 2017  Live Artfully and Port Side with Laura Waller

2016-2017 Season

Jun 20, 2017  Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna Exhibit

May 9, 2016   Color Outside the Lines, Artist’s Choice, 80th Anniversary Exhibits

Apr 17, 2017   ACM Welcomes the 4th Annual Manatee Schools K-12 Exhibit

Feb 23, 2017  Three Shows Open at ArtCenter Manatee: ISAP-FL, LWR Art Club, Student Show

Feb 9, 2017    Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Returns to Downtown Bradenton

Jan 30, 2017  ArtCenter Manatee Receives Grant From The Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation

Jan 9, 2017     149th Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society & FSWS

Dec 06, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Receives a Grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary

Nov 11, 2016   Dylan Pierce & Wonders of the World

Oct 10 2016     Art of the Heart Open Exhibit

Sep 30, 2016   Pen Women, TESA & 12X12 Exhibits

Sep 11, 2016   Our 80th Season

Aug 17, 2016   Candace Knapp and Something To Talk About Exhibits

Aug 17, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Brings a Premier Season of Art to Our Community

2015-2016 Season

May 18, 2016   ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes Manatee County Schools Exhibit

Apr 13, 2016    ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes Three New Exhibits this Spring

Feb 18, 2016    ArtCenter Manatee Presents the Best Event of the Year – Snatch It!

Feb 4, 2016      Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County Comes to Downtown Bradenton

Dec 28, 2015    Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us

Dec 1, 2015      Natural Elements and Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna

Oct 12, 2015     Over 80 and Still Creating & All Things Considered

Sep 16, 2015    ACM Exhibits: Lloyd Roberts, Nell Rude and Go with the Flow

2014-2015 Season

Aug 14, 2015    Art Matters at ArtCenter Manatee 2015 Giving Challenge

Aug 4, 20415    KidsArt Reception & Party at ArtCenter Manatee

Jun 5, 2015      Fractal Art and No Boundaries Exhibits at ArtCenter Manatee

Jun 1, 2015      ACM Partners with Home Depot to Paint Building

May 8, 2015     Every Child is an Artist: Manatee County Schools 2nd Annual Exhibit

May 4, 2015     Three Remarkable Exhibits at ArtCenter Manatee: Splash of Color, Black & White, Reflections in Color: Art Dillard & Friends

Apr 22, 2015    Positioned for Continued Growth: ArtCenter Manatee Continues to Move Forward with Board Elections

Mar 12, 2015   Two New Exhibits Coming to ArtCenter Manatee: Transformations and Our Annual Student Show

Jan 9, 2015     International Water Media Exhibit To Visit Bradenton: World-class Talent Will Be On Display At ArtCenter Manatee

Sep 26, 2014  Get fired up with a new gas kiln at ArtCenter Manatee

Sep 18, 2014  ArtCenter Manatee presents three distinct exhibitions “10th Annual Paint The Town,” ”CityScapes” & “Art By Kids With Cancer”

Sep 9, 2015    What do you get when you take ….

Aug 27, 2014  ArtCenter Manatee opens exhibition season with 3 shows “Over 80 and Still Creating,” ”It’s A New Day” & “The Art of Being Floridian”

Aug 1, 2014   Young at Heart. Big at Heart or  “Miss Carla?”

2016 Giving Challenge – Be the One



Be The One to make a difference in the life of our community.

Every donation will be matched up to $100 by The Patterson Foundation.

We believe each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community. In September, you can be the one to make a difference by supporting ArtCenter Manatee during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

There are three ways to make a donation

  • Visit The Giving Challenge on Tuesday, September 20 at noon through Wednesday, September 21 at noon to donate online
  • Call us and we will take your information and enter it for you on the Giving Chalenge site Sep 20 or 21: 941-746-2862.
  • Enter your information on our secure form and we will enter it for you on Sep 20 or 21. Click here for the form

You may also stop by and submit a check or cash, they won’t be matched but we will be very grateful for any donation.

If you donated last year …

your $25 donation = $50, or your $100 donation = $200


If you did not donate last year …

your $25 donation = $75, or your $100 donation = $300

To complete a secure form online, click here

Your support makes it possible to:

  • keep art accessible by allowing us to hold exhibits that are free and open to the public
  • make a difference in the lives of young artists through our KidsArt programming, which extends to community groups like Just for Girls and the Boys & Girls Club
  • offer quality instruction in many mediums in quality studios
  • expand our programming
  • bring art into the community with events such as the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County, supporting both the artists and the local economy
  • hold monthly receptions for our exhibits with complimentary appetizers
  • bring national exhibits like Mary Whyte and the American Watercolor Society to our community
  • offer a market to over 2,500 local, regional and national artists in our galleries
  • offer a market to over 100 artists in the Artists’ Market, sales from which offset the cost of classes and support the local economy
  • support over 45 visual arts instructors
  • return 1.7 million dollars to the community
  • be the premier visual arts center in Manatee County, keeping true to our mission since 1937

Your support makes a BIG difference!

A few notes:

  • The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour online campaign, Noon Sept 20, 2016 to Noon Sept 21, 2016
  • The minimum donation is $25 – all online donations are by credit card
  • ALL donations will be matched by The Patterson Foundation up to $100
  • They are offering a match on donations from donors who contributed in 2015 (returning donors): $25=$50, $50=$100, $75=$150, $100=$200
  • They are offering a match on donations from donors who DID NOT (new donors) contribute in 2015: $25=$75, $50=$150, $75=$225, $100=$300
  • you can give in any amount from $25 upwards and the first $100 will be matched. If you are a returning donor (donated in 2015) and you give $250, they will match the first $100, so $250=$350. If you are a new donor, your donation of $250=$450
  • The program is administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Your donation is 100% tax deductible, and you will receive an immediate email receipt from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
  • If you would prefer we enter your information for you, you may fill out a form (online or by calling us). We will keep secure, and will enter for you on Sep 20. We will then shred the form. We do not ever keep credit card information on file and understand how important security is.
  • If you do not want to donate using a credit card but want to support the ArtCenter, we will gladly accept your donation at any time. Your donation will not qualify for a match but every dollar supports our programming.
  • To view our profile on The Giving Partner, click here. We are listed as The Art League of Manatee County or as ArtCenter Manatee.

Thank You!

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

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KidsArt Camp Exhibition 2014

Kellogg, Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries July 19 – August 8, 2014
Closing Reception and Party August 8, 5-7pm


It’s that time of year again to present the spontaneous and joyful work created by our KidsArt Summer Camp students, ages four to fifteen. Every session the students and teachers work together to select a piece for the exhibit, which closes with a reception and party for our KidsArt Campers. Come discover the colorful work of our KidsArt Summer Camp students in pottery, photography, jewelry design, drawing and painting. 

Starting July 18th the ArtCenter gallery walls will be filled with fun art from our summer camp programs! We end our 2013/14 exhibition year with a closing reception and party on August 8th – just for kids!

Over 80 & Still Creating

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Kellogg Gallery September 3-26, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm

A curated show on art produced by artists 80 years of age and older.

Think art retires? Think again!
The ArtCenter celebrates the talents of artists still creating well into their golden age!

Mary DuCharme – painter
Ed Brickman – jeweler
Eleanor Merritt – painter
Maxine Masterfield – painter (abstract)
Betty Isermann – painter (abstract)
Jack Nolan – painter
Peggy Potter – pastel artist
Barbara Singer – painter
Robert Freeman – woodworker & sculpture

Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27

The Art of Being Floridian: Flamingos On Tour – Tampa Bay Estuary


Reid Hodges Gallery September 3-26, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm

24 plastic yard flamingos painted by 20 artists who donated their time and creativity. The participating artists reside throughout greater Tampa Bay region from New Port Richey to Avon Park. Artists represent multiple media and specialties, from painting to glasswork to ceramics.

The flamingos are displayed in “planter habitats,” with most habitats supporting two flamingos and are part of  a traveling exhibit to support the “Be Floridian” campaign of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its local government partners. Be Floridian raises awareness of local ordinances restricting use of lawn and landscape fertilizers to protect our bays, lakes and Gulf.

The pink yard flamingo was chosen as the mascot for Be Floridian because it has long been a familiar and fun fixture of Florida yards, and complements our “Garden like a Floridian” message.

The birds are currently not for sale, although they may be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program once their tour ends.

Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27