Exhibitions

Welcome to Our 82nd 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 galleries and the public is always welcome to the opening receptions to preview the artwork and meet the artists. Exhibits are free and open to the public excepting one national show - there is a nominal charge to cover shipping and insurance.

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.

Watercolor Works: Kathy Simon McDonald Online Exhibit

View the watercolor works of Kathy Simon-McDonald online until we are able to reopen our galleries. We will post images from the exhibit every week day. Most of Kathy’s work is for sale and we would be glad to take a deposit of $100 to hold any piece until we reopen. If you would be interested in purchasing a piece, please call us at 941.746.2862.

“What inspires me to paint is the challenge of translating a visual image I have seen through the lens of my camera to paper while trying to capture the intensity of what attracted me to that image in the first place. The ‘I want to capture that image on paper’ challenge is what always starts the painting. Then, the bigger challenge is whether I can convey in my painting the emotional intensity that attracted me to that image in the first place.”

Kathy Simon-McDonald

Exhibit Program PDF


Points Of View 2

An Open, All Media, Juried Exhibit
On display while our galleries are closed.

To purchase a piece of art from this exhibit, please call 941.746.2862 We will add images to this exhibit every week day, so come back often!

Exhibit Program PDF

ArtCenter Manatee closes Mar 18-Apr 17

Dear Friends of ArtCenter Manatee,

With an abundance of caution and concern for our students, customers, visitors and staff, ArtCenter Manatee will close for two weeks, beginning March 18, reopening April 17. As new developments occur, we will keep you informed. It is our hope that these two weeks will help to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) in our community. 

All classes, exhibits and events are cancelled as of March 18 through April 1, based on what we know now. If you have purchased a class that is being cancelled, please consider donating the balance to the ArtCenter to help offset the cost of staff and upkeep during this time. If you prefer a credit, please call the office to let us know. We will continue to work during this time.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope that everyone stays safe and that we are able to resume our regular schedule very soon. 
 

Warm Regards,
Carla Nierman
Executive Director
Carla@artcentermanatee.org

2019-20 Exhibition Requirements

2019-20 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2019-20 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.
  • Themes are suggestions only.

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.