ArtCenter Manatee Press Releases

2016-2017 Season

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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Press Release – KidsArt Summer Camp Reception & Party at ArtCenter Manatee

August 3, 2015
For immediate release

Carla Nierman
ArtCenter Manatee

KidsArt Summer Camp Reception & Party at ArtCenter Manatee
Come discover the colorful work of our KidsArt camp students

BRADENTON, Fla. August 3, 2015 – ArtCenter Manatee is hosting a Closing Reception for the KidsArt Summer Camp exhibition August 14th, 5-7pm. The KidsArt exhibition is on display July 28-August 14.

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.

ArtCenter Manatee is the winner of the 2014-15 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Art Gallery from the Herald Tribune and People’s Choice Award from the Bradenton Herald.

About ArtCenter Manatee’s KidsArt Programs

Sprouting Artists, ages 4-6, have an opportunity to express their creativity with age appropriate activities. In Fabulous Fridays, children ages 6-10 explore a variety of mediums in this once a week camp. If they want more, this age group can attend 1 week camps from 9-3 Monday through Friday. Older children, ages 11-15, are challenged in weekly morning camps where they can learn pottery, jewelry design, drawing, painting and more. In addition to the exciting camps, all students have the chance to participate in the KidsArt Summer Camp Exhibition – July 28-August 14

About ArtCenter Manatee

Located in downtown Bradenton, Florida, ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education and unique gifts in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries, five classrooms, an Artists’ Market gift shop and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes.

Day, evening and weekend art classes for adults and children are offered year round in painting, drawing, pastels, pottery, jewelry design, photography and more.

The Artists’ Market features unique, affordable gifts by local and national artists. Exhibitions in the galleries change monthly and showcase local, regional and national artists. Meet the exhibiting artists at the monthly evening opening receptions.

For more information please visit or call 941-746-2862

Attached images: KidsArt Students and Art


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


  • 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.

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


  • 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.

ArtCenter Manatee wins Herald Tribune “Choice” Award

MRC14_FirstPlaceAwardThe Herald-Tribune newspaper has selected ArtCenter Manatee as the Readers’ Choice  Best Local Art Gallery in Manatee County for a second time!

With improvements on the way we hope to make this a tradition!

Check out our listing and all the winners here.

Readers Choice Award – “Best Art Gallery”

SRC12_FirstCRArtCenter Manatee was awarded the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s 2012-13 Readers Choice Award for Best Art Gallery in Manatee County! Thanks for supporting us!

View the full Reader’s Choice publication here!

Marauders pitch in for Empty Bowls

On Thursday May 18th four Marauders Players – Quinton Miller, Kawika Ensley’pai, Jason Townsend and Zach Foster – stopped by ArtCenter Manatee to “pitch in” and volunteer for Empty Bowls. They learned how to throw bowls on a potter’s wheel and then helped glaze bowls that will be given away during the event this fall. Empty Bowls is an annual fundraiser to help feed the hungry in our community and ArtCenter Manatee creates 1000 bowls to donate to The Food Bank of Manatee.

Thanks again to the Marauders for helping to bring sports and the arts together for a good cause!

Open Studio Time Available

For a limited time the Blue Studio is available for Open Studio Time on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Bring a friend or a group and finish up your art!

Available Dates: May 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th

$5 per person, contact Christina or Slade at 941-746-2862 or by email to sign up today! or