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.

A Tapestry of Movement with James Griffin

tapestryKellogg Gallery Nov 12-Dec 13
Opening Reception Thursday, Nov 14, 5:00-7:00

The figure in motion has long been an inspiration for me. People walking on the street are fleeting, momentary visions. One moment the sidewalk can be crowded with pedestrians, the next, empty. The memory of the passers-by is haunting.

I began to study people in sketches when I first arrived in New York City in 1968. I carried a sketch book on the subway, in coffee shops, wherever there were people. Observed from a safe distance, my pen and ink drawings filled volumes of sketchbooks.

When I started using a camera to capture motion, my drawings became paintings. I loved how the shutter could stop action. A leg, outstretched to take a step, the body, shifting to transfer weight to the other leg. This was exciting!

I remembered seeing the photographic motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge, who broke the stride into a sequence of parts, using multiple cameras timed to trigger one after another.  I began standing with my camera on the street, shooting dozens of photos in quick succession as people moved through my viewfinder.

These photos became the basis of long freize-like paintings I called “Passacaglia”, that refers to a renaissance musical form, believed to have originated with street musicians. The name means “Passing along the Street”.

For over four decades I have been developing this series. It has taken many turns and grown wider in scope.  My Passacaglia series includes ballet dancers and marchers in a parade. This year I photographed people crossing a bridge in Florence and near the Coliseum in Rome.  It all began  with the humble sketchbook.

I have realized that my observations are always from a distance, choosing to remain anonymous to the people as I study them. I now understand that this is my true nature, to be an observer.

James Griffin

Giving Thanks Call For Artists

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An Open, All Media, Juried Show

Online Entry Ends Nov 1, 4:00pm
In-Person Receiving Nov 9, 9:00-12:00

On Display Nov 12-Dec 13
Reid Hodges Gallery
Opening Reception Nov 14, 5:00-7:00
along with the Annual Artful Holidays Party & Sale

Juror: William Corr
Will Corr has been a teaching intern at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an adjunct instructor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. Having resided in the Bradenton, Fla. area for the past 15 years, Will came to IMG Academy after teaching Fine Art at the State College of Florida in Bradenton, in addition to serving as an exhibitions preparatory at the Ringling College of Art & Design.

His works have been included in numerous national venues including: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Portsmouth Visual Arts Center, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, SOFA Chicago, Spectrum Miami, Art San Diego and Art Palm Beach. He is also part of many corporate and private collections including: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Virginia Wesleyan College, Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Water Oak Advisors and many more.

Will received a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va., in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Md., in 2002.

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

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Go Wild

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An Open, All Media, Juried Show

On Display Oct 8-Nov 8
All Galleries

 

Juror Statement: Kim Anderson
Go Wild exemplifies a wealth of talent and creativity showcased in this area. I am truly humbled and inspired by the volume and quality of artwork submitted. As I approached the jurying process I employed my experience and perspective as an artist, reflecting on the overarching tone of the exhibition as well as conversations established between various works submitted. I attempted to evoke balance in thematic directions, formal qualities and creative innovation. My selection of awards highlights what I determined to be the best of these qualities. As always, these decisions are not easy but were ultimately informed by the artist’s ability to successfully synthesize form and content along with a well-crafted presentation. Submitting work to an open call is courageous and a vital contribution towards a dynamic community, embodied here in the ambition and scope of this exhibition. I am honored to have been able to contribute as a creative collaborator in this process as I celebrate all of these artists and their ongoing artistic endeavors.

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Kim Anderson is an artist and educator residing in Bradenton, FL and Berkeley, CA. She holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at New College of Florida where she has taught since 2004. She earned an MFA from the University of Florida and BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. Her paintings contrast 19th century cinematic antecedents, vintage home movies, and the carnivalesque magic of stereoscopy against our present screen-based obsessions. Located the afterlife of thrift store novelties and vernacular photography, her paintings reimagine new fictions from found novelties, vintage photographs, and the­ traces of things left behind. Her work has been exhibited nationally in cities including New York, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Ventura, Cincinnati, Seattle, Portland, and Miami and featured in publications including New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, Create! Magazine, and Manifest INPA and MEA.

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.