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.

Exhibit Here Call For Artists

An Open, All Media, Juried Show

Online Entry Ends Jun 18, 4:00pm
Inperson Receiving: Jun 23, 9:00-1:00pm

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Exhibit Here is an open, all media, juried exhibit. Each artist may enter up to 3 pieces. Please review exhibition requirements before entering.

For online entries, artists will be notified by end of day 6/20/2018
Pick up 7/28/2018, 9:00am – 1:00pm
All artists may enter up to 3 pieces. Please see exhibition requirements. Prizes awarded.

ACM Exhibition Schedule 2017-18

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. Membership

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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Jenny Medved: Indigenous People

Portraits of Heritage and Descent

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Jenny Medved, a representational figurative artist & illustrator working in watercolor, immerses herself in the culture of the people she paints, not just history, but family and community. She shares her insights with us in her exhibit of about 30 pieces, Jenny Medved: Indigenous People, Portraits of Heritage and Descent, on display in the Kellogg Gallery at ArtCenter Manatee, June 26 – July 27. We invite you to meet Jenny and see her work at an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 28th 5-7 pm

Medved portraitJenny was featured as one of the ten artists in the ‘Ones to Watch’ feature of Watercolor Artist Magazine, December 2015 edition. She is a member of local artist group SartQ, as well as the American Watercolor Society, the Hawaii Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Jenny moved to Florida in 2000 to attend Ringling College of Art & Design, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration. Jenny holds a MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where she studied under mentor’s Zack Zdrale, William Whitaker and Warren Chang. She has also studied traditional portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy.

Southern Watercolor Society 41st Annual Exhibit

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41st Annual Exhibit 2018

All Galleries

May 15- Jun 22

Free demo by world renown watercolorist John Salminen, Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00. Free Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 5:00-7:00

 

Mitchell Dean - Rowena & Pretty BabyThe diverse styles representing each artists unique vision, along with the high technical quality of each piece, makes the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society a must see show. From a field of over 200 watercolor paintings representing artists from 19 southern states, the juror, John Salminen, an internationally recognized urban landscape painter, selected 94 paintings for inclusion in the exhibit.

The artists and their work present a compelling story of life, from portraits to street scenes and landscapes to abstracts. The body of work is impressive.

Founded in 1975, the Southern Watercolor Society, a nonprofit corporation, formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative and permanent painting medium. They are dedicated to the highest aesthetic standards.
Left: Rowena & Pretty Baby by Dean Mitchell, Best Of Show Winner.

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2017-18 Exhibition Requirements

2017-18 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2017-2018 ACM Exhibition Schedule 

Originality:

  • Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 years. (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.