Exhibitions

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.

American Watercolor Society 149th Traveling Exhibition

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January 24  – February 24

AWS American Watercolor Society
149th Traveling Exhibition, Kellogg Gallery

$5 admission, open to the public

Opening Reception Thursday January 26, 5-7pm
Reception is free

ArtCenter Manatee is honored to  present the 149th Annual Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition. Experience the world-class talent of 40 pre-eminent water media artists from around the world and enjoy this jewel in downtown Bradenton. ArtCenter Manatee is one of only six venues in the country and the only in Florida.

In conjunction with the AWS exhibit the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Show will be on display in the Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries beginning January 24.

Docent tours are available by reservation, $10 per person. Please call 941-746-2862 for availability and times.

An opening reception will be held January 26, 5-7pm in the galleries at ArtCenter Manatee with light hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. Meet the artists, socialize and enjoy the ambiance!

The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Show, selected from the 149th New York Exhibition, consists of forty paintings executed by artists from all around the world.

The American Watercolor Society boasts among its past and present members, Edwin Austin Abbey, Morris Graves, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Ted Dautzkey, John La Farge, Mario Cooper, Sir William Russell Flint, Chen Chi, Dong Kingman and Andrew Wyeth, to name a few.

 

 

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society

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January 24  – February 24

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Annual Aqueous Show

Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries

All welcome, free to the public

Opening Reception Thursday January 26, 5-7pm

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, FSWS, was formed in 1983 to foster the advancement of and promote excellence in the art of watercolor painting. Their intent is to inform and educate through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations as to the best work currently being done in watercolor.

Aqueous Watercolor is defined as a painting executed with any water-soluble medium, including gouache, acrylic, ink, egg tempera or watercolor collage, on such surfaces as paper, silk or Yupo, matted, and framed under Plexiglas.

 

Take a 3D Tour of ArtCenter Manatee

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Take a 3D tour of ArtCenter Manatee

Tour by Dieter Lau

2016-17 Exhibition Requirements

 Welcome to Our 80th Season

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!

Art of the Heart – 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!)

Warm Regards,
Carla Nierman
Executive Director

 

Download a PDF of the 2016-17 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
2016-2017 ACM Exhibition Schedule

Originality:

  • 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.

Size:

  • 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.

Framing:

  • 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.

Fees:

  • The entry fees are non-refundable.

Fee Schedule:

  • 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

Withdrawal:

  • No work accepted for an exhibition may be substituted or withdrawn during the exhibit.

Sales:

  • 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.

Awards:

  • There must be a minimum of five (5) pieces in any award category to receive a cash award.