Exhibitions

ArtCenter Manatee is Manatee County's premiere 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.

2016 Manatee County Schools Exhibit

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“Art is the literacy of the heart.”

– Elliot Eisner

ArtCenter Manatee Welcomes 3rd Annual Manatee County Schools Exhibit
May 31-June 24, Opening Reception June 7th, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee once again joins with the School District of Manatee County to showcase the work of over 200 K-12 visual arts students.

According to the National Arts in Education Association, learning to paint, create a website or design an energy-efficient home requires mastering skills which are often invisible to the naked eye, but are developed through a strong visual arts education. In Manatee County, we’re fortunate to have a Board of Education that has made a continued commitment to teaching the visual arts in its elementary, middle and high schools. By partnering with ArtCenter Manatee, that commitment is furthered by giving these young artists a ‘voice’ – three museum-quality galleries – where their work can be professionally displayed and where the artists can receive positive recognition by a wider audience.

ArtCenter Manatee offers the gallery space, marketing and as many frames and mattes that can be found to help these budding artists get their due. The ArtCenter will also award scholarships to art classes to students whose work is judged to be among the best in each of three grade ranges.

For many students, it will be their first experience in preparing their work for display. And certainly for pricing their work with an eye to selling it. For most students it will also the first time they have ever been to an art gallery. The experience will show students the process of preparing artwork for exhibit, and the lessons they learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

With the help of Curator Sawyer Ramsey and her colleagues, and the many students who participate, it is sure to be even better that last year’s exhibit. We thank Bradenton Kiwanis for their donation in support of this exhibit.

The opening reception, with Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, will be on Tuesday, June 7th from 5:00-7:00pm. Light, kid-appropriate snacks and beverages will be served. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

We hope you’ll join us for this celebration of art by our students. Who knows, the work of the next Picasso may be on display.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Call For Artists

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Hot! Hot! Hot! Open Exhibition
June 28 – July 22

All Galleries

Online Entry to June 16
Notify June 20
In-person Receiving June 25
Pick up July 23

Juror: TBA
Prizes Awarded

Hot! Hot! Hot! is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to three pieces.

If you live in Florida you know that summer sizzles! From dazzling color to blazing hot temperatures to ultra contemporary – and everything in between. Show us your hottest work!

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

Click Here for Exhibition Schedule & Requirements

Click Here to Enter Online

Annual Student Show

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ACM Student Show

Reid Hodges Gallery April 26 – May 27

Opening Reception Thursday, April 28, 5:00 – 7:00pm

This all media annual shows highlights the work of our students, who are challenged to improve their skills and express their vision in our classes. While many of our students are professional artists, this exhibit speaks to their continued desire to learn and explore. ArtCenter Manatee is committed to providing our students the opportunity to display their work professionally and to a broader audience.

Pick up – May 28,  9:00 – 1:00pm

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Click Here for Exhibition Schedule

Our Faces: Portraits by Dirce Kennedy

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Our Faces: Portraits by Dirce Kennedy includes portraits in a variety of media.

Dirce combines her love of the social sciences, nature, people and their pets in her portraiture. She works to penetrate the many layers of her subjects to capture their inner beauty and spirit. Whether she uses oils, acrylics or watercolor, the blank canvases come alive with her strokes.

Dirce, who is originally from Brazil, was first introduced to art by her artist-father when she was two years old. She has exhibited in over 70 juried shows since 2011 and has received numerous awards.

Her work will be displayed in the Kellogg Gallery April 26 – May 27, 2016.

 

Creative Arts Association & Friends

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Showing in the Searle Gallery will be the Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch & Friends. They will present a selection of work in all media, from pottery and jewelry to stained glass. The group is committed to inspiring visual artists by supporting their passion for their art. They provide education, resources and networking opportunities in order to encourage and support artistic success.

On Display April 26 – May 27.
Opening Reception Thursday April 28
5:00-7:00pm

Pick up is May 28, 9:00 – 1:00

2015-16 Exhibition Requirements

Download a PDF of the 2015-16 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule

2015-2016 ACM-Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Requirements for Open, Member & Student Shows

Originality:

  • Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 yrs. (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.
  • 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 inches.
  • We require Plexiglas on all framed work over 22 x 28 inches.
  • 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 non-refundable entry fee supports the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and helps to keep the arts alive in our community.

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 artists need to understand that the ArtCenter cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
  • All work will be hung at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee. ACM 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.