Tour by Dieter Lau
Welcome to Our 80th Season!
ArtCenter Manatee is Manatee County's premier visual arts center featuring the artwork of many talented local, state and national artists. Exhibitions change monthly in the three large galleries and the public is always welcome to the opening receptions to preview the artwork and meet the artists.
Art Opening Receptions
Each month, ArtCenter Manatee invites you to come to the opening reception for the exhibitions in the main galleries. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres, music and meet the artists.
Art of the Heart is an open, all media, juried exhibit to be displayed in all three galleries of ArtCenter Manatee.
The name of the exhibit is a guideline not a hard and fast theme and all work is welcome that meets the exhibition requirements in terms of originality, size, weight and finishing. See requirements here.
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
National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
October 4 – October 28
Opening Reception Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm
The “Pen Women” are members of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). Founded in 1897, it is the oldest multi-discipline arts organization for women in the United States. The Mission of NLAPW is to “support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts”.
Membership includes professional artists, as well as writers, poets, composers, choreographers and arrangers. Members are juried into the organization.
There are over 100 Branches of Pen Women across the country dedicated to serving our communities through the arts. The NLAPW headquarters is located in the Pen Arts Building, built in 1895, in the Dupont Historical District in Washington, DC.
This exhibit features work by our Art members from Manatee and Sarasota counties. The works are in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, ceramics and sculpture.
Pictured: Red Dawn by Madelaine Ginsberg
TESA, The Exhibiting Society of Artists
October 4 – October 28
Opening Reception Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm
The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA) is a professional artists association located in the Tampa Bay area. TESA is a vibrant community of professional artists founded over 15 years ago. We are committed to promoting the arts, to professionalism and to the pursuit of artistic excellence. Many of our artists have been recognized nationally and are part of a varied exhibition agenda. Our first showing at ArtCenter Manatee promises to be fresh, new, and exciting, featuring a diverse collection of works. TESA maintains a web site where information about each artist can be viewed: http://arttesa.org/
Pictured: Dances With Waves by Kris Gregg
The artists who submitted work for this exhibition demonstrated a great diversity of talent in a variety of media. It was good seeing such interesting approaches in pastel and watercolor. Photography entries were also strong. It was a challenge to narrow the field of recognition to only seven artists.
Capturing the complexity of moving water affected by tides, currents and wind is difficult. Realizing the split second nuances of water reflecting light and providing the understanding of it’s color and depth adds another challenge. Managing this successfully with an opaque medium is all the more an achievement. For these reasons the first prize was awarded to this work.
Watercolor is another difficult medium. Balancing the layers of washes and pigment while asserting the role of the paper in the process of creating an interesting composition with line and color identified another winner.
Being successful with night photography that includes land, water and objects necessitates particular talents for understanding light and atmospheric conditions among many other issues. The profound silence and tranquility of this work called for an award.
The works chosen for honorable mention each manifest an effort by each respective artist to push their limits in experimenting with process and their chosen materials.
I appreciate the opportunity to judge this exhibition.
Opening Reception Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00pm
An open, all media juried exhibition limited to works where the OUTSIDE dimensions are 12 x 12 (not larger or smaller but 12×12), 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.
Juror: Taylor Ikin Prizes Awarded
Taylor Ikin has taught regionally, nationally, and in the Caribbean as well as 15 years at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and recently the Beach Art Center. lkin now teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL. She has served on the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and was the President and a Board Member of the Florida Watercolor Society for a total of 16 years. lkin is currentl:y on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts,and the board of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Shewas awarded Signature Membership in the Florida Watercolor Society as well as the Suncoast Watercolor Society and is an award winning member of the Florida Artist Group. In 2012 her work was juried into the National Watercolor Society Exhibition.
Pictured: Berlin by Dieter Lau
Pick Up -10/29/16
We are thrilled to launch our 80th year at ArtCenter Manatee with new exhibits – both curated & open juried shows.
Our Exhibit Schedule has something for everyone. We have many groups such as Pen Women, The Exhibiting Society of Artists, Lakewood Ranch Painters, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Florida Suncoast Watercolor and American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit. We also have the talented artist & instructor Dylan Pierce, whose amazing talent defies his age.
We are offering eight open juried shows this year created to give you the opportunity to compete, display and sell your work. We always title our shows but please know the title (except the 12×12 show coming up) is a guide, not a mandatory theme. No work is excluded because it is not within the thematic parameters.
Our ever popular Open Juried Shows bring us a beautiful opportunity to learn. Learn about what others are doing, to learn about how you, the artist, are faring in the art world and to learn what techniques are trending or changing in art. As the art world is challenged with the ever-changing digital environment and exposure to not only others’ artwork but to images copied or purchased, it requires that the artist truly look at where they obtain inspiration and what is acceptable.
As we begin our new exhibition calendar, I ask you to review the guidelines. Entry fees are non-refundable. Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 years (5 years for sculpture). Class projects are unacceptable except in the Student Show. When competing in shows, copies of someone else’s design or source material that is not your own (even if purchased) is not acceptable.
I ask you to consider that our role as an educational institution is to remind that we are all learning – to be better artists – to be better human beings. A desire to copy someone else’s images for juried shows should be a red flag for us to review our intention. Are we getting caught up in competition, do we feel devoid of originality or simply thinking it is the “easy way?” As human beings we are going to always make mistakes. In fact, I believe they are a wonderful tool to becoming whole. But possibly, if we continue to ask ourselves these types of questions, we will find it is never worth the diminishment of our own creative journey to copy – no matter what the immediate gain. It is an impossible task for us to police all entries. It is left to you, the artist, to live honorably.
As always, there’s LOTS of learning going on at ArtCenter Manatee! So with that said, it is always exciting to see what you have created. I encourage you to join the fun – these open shows are for you!
12×12 – Receiving October 1st
Art of the Heart – Receiving October 29th
Have a Seat – Receiving October 29th
Wonders of the World – Receiving December 3rd
Student Show – Receiving February 25th
Member Show – Receiving March 25th
Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna – Receiving June 24th (back by popular demand!)
Download a PDF of the 2016-17 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
2016-2017 ACM Exhibition Schedule
- Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 (Sculptures completed in the last 5 years.) Class projects, of the artist’s own design, are acceptable.
- Copies of someone else’s design are not acceptable. Source material must be original and not derived from any published or copyrighted images.
- Only original work will be accepted; no reproductions (prints, giclees) except digital productions.
- Work may be shown only once in an ACM open or member show.
- Work may not be removed from the Artists’ Market to be shown in an exhibit.
- Student Show – Only work done in a class or workshop at ArtCenter Manatee within the last year will be accepted to this show. One piece per instructor per medium.
- Maximum size for paintings is 7’ x 7’.
- Any entry weighing over 50 lbs will be accepted at the discretion of the receiving committee and the artist must be available to assist with placement of the piece the day the show is hung.
- You may use glass in framed pieces under 22 x 28
- We require Plexiglas on all framed work over 22 x 28
- Unframed canvas need to be museum wrapped with painted edges.
- All photographs are to be framed under glass or Plexiglas or printed on museum wrapped canvas.
- All framed pieces should be wired, with wire ends wrapped with tape.
Wire should be securely attached to the back of the frame with screw eyes, one third down from the top of the frame.
- Saw tooth hangers, fishing line or chains will not be accepted.
- Name, address and phone number must be written on the back of all art.
- Yellow copy of entry form should be taped to the wire on the back-right side of the artwork.
- Mats, glass and Plexiglas need to be clean and free of scratches.
- Any entry not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.
- The entry fees are non-refundable.
- One Piece: $20 members, $30 non-members.
- Two Pieces: $30 members, $50 non-members.
- Three Pieces: $35 members, $65 non-members
- Diptych: $25 ArtCenter Manatee members, $40 non-members
- Triptych: $35 ArtCenter Manatee members, $60 non-members
- Diptych and Triptych must be in matching frames
- No work accepted for an exhibition may be substituted or withdrawn during the exhibit.
- Artwork sold will remain in the galleries until the published pick up date. The artist will receive 65% of the sale price.
Pick Up Deadline:
- All work must be picked up on the designated pick up date.
- Any artist who leaves work at the ArtCenter longer than 7 days after the pick up date will be charged $5 per day per piece.
Statement of Responsibility:
- The ArtCenter will do everything possible to protect the work of the artists. The artist needs to understand that the ArtCenter cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
- All work will be hung at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee. ArtCenter Manatee reserves the right of final presentation.
- The judge will be responsible for choosing art for the exhibit and the award winners. Artists will be notified by phone or email if their work is not accepted.
Open and Member Shows:
- Maximum of three entries per person.
- There must be a minimum of five (5) pieces in any award category to receive a cash award.