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.

AGAMI Boundaries Erased

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Artists’ Guild Of Anna Maria Island (AGAMI), 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Boundaries Erased. An open, all media, juried exhibit curated by AGAMI, whose mission is to promote and support creative processes by bringing together all Artists – visual and performing and writers – to share experiences, expertise and work together to develop and promote the artistic community.

Juror: Dean Mitchell, a national and internationally acclaimed artist whose work can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country. He is celebrated for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes and has received more than 400 awards.

Awards

Best of Show $500
Susanna Spann “Friday on Frenchmen Street”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

First Place $400
Cheryl Jorgensen “Busy Day in Thailand”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Second Place $300
Doreen Renner “Cardinal Rule”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Third Place $200
Lu Ann Widergren “Morning View from Rod-n-Reel”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Excellence in Photography $100
Cathy Tobias “Great Migration!”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cathy Tobias “Flamingo Delight”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Merit Awards $50
Patricia Kness “In the Breeze”
Sponsor: Jo Anne Curtan, A Paradise Realty

Sandy Staley “Market Baskets”
Sponsor: Jo Anne Curtan, A Paradise Realty

Roger Rockefeller “Autumn Market”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Karen de Leon Stuart “Mark Had Always Wanted to Travel”
Sponsor: Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable Mentions $25
Rick Dziak “Anna Maria Beach”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Kathy Simon-McDonald “Chalk Artist VI”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

George Fischer “Kim”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Donna Grossman “Midsummer’s Night Dream”
Sponsor: Rosebay International, Inc., Katharine Pepper

Pickup Monday, Feb 8th, 9:00-Noon

For more information, contact AGAMI

Agami sponsors

ACM Members Show 2020

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A member only all media, juried exhibit.
Searle & Reid Hodges Galleries
Jan 14-Feb 7

Opening Reception Thursday, Jan 16, 5-7pm

They come from as far away as Quebec and as close as next door. Some are painters, some are sculptors, some are potters, some are jewelers, and some are wood workers. Though their tools vary, they share a talent and passion for creating something from nothing, for seeing the world from a different perspective. Every year, we celebrate them and their work in our Members Exhibit.

1st Place: Mom Loved to Sew by Larry Felder.

Juror: Cassia Kite is an interdisciplinary artist who created Soundstitching, a multimedia project that transforms color from a hand-stitched image into a musical composition that can be interpreted by a musician and/or performance artist. Kite has collaboratively produced large-scale work for chamber ensemble and dancers using color-coded graphic scores derived from her hand-stitched tapestries. Kite’s work was premiered at the KANEKO in Omaha, Nebraska in July of 2017. She has been featured as an experimental composer and visual artist in music festivals, museums and universities. Kite has been awarded artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2018 and The Hambidge Creative Residency Program in 2019. She is the recipient of the Paul J. Smith Excellence in Fibers Award from the Fiber Art Network 2018.

Kite was born in Auburn, Nebraska. She earned a B.F.A in painting and sculpture, and a B.S. in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. She completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2010. Currently, Kite is a Visual Art Instructor in the fine arts program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and resides in Sarasota, FL.

Kite is represented by Anderson O’Brien Fine Art in Omaha, Nebraska and State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, FL.

Member 2020 awards

 

2019-20 Exhibition Requirements

2019-20 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2019-20 Exhibition Schedule Sep 

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.