Deadline Extended - Call for Challengers: Throwdown 4

date: March 10, 2015

Mobile Arts Council is looking for artists who think they can beat Throwdown Champ Rando Dixon in our fourth annual artmaking competition.

The Throwdown pits five contestants against each other, challenging them to produce works of art in ninety minutes in front of an audience, incorporating required materials, with access to tools, equipment and materials from a common stock. The works are then auctioned, and the artist whose work brings in the most money for MAC is declared champion and returns to face four other competitors the next year. Last year, Rando Dixon beat two-time winner Jim Hayward to earn the title of Throwdown Champ.

This year's event is set for Friday, September 18, and if you think you can beat Rando, we invite you to apply for one of the four challenger positions. If selected, you will receive a ticket to the event for a friend, as well as  promotion in the media and online before and after the Throwdown.

You must be a MAC member to apply. The application form is available here or you can request one from MAC. Applications must be received by 5 PM, Friday, April 3. Submit by email or mail to/drop off at 318 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36602. Challengers will be announced at the April ArtWalk.

MAC Holds Art Adoption

date: March 06, 2015

Do you have art gathering dust in a closet? Why not help it find a new home?  Donate it to Mobile Arts Council's first Art Adoption.

Artworks of all kinds - ceramics, posters, paintings, sculptures, mobiles, tapestries - will be available at affordable prices. And if you have pieces you'd like to contribute, you can drop them by MAC during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.)

The Adoption will take place in the church next to Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin Street) during the April 10 ArtWalk (6 - 9 PM). MAC members will have special access from 5 until 6. 

Artworks that do not find a home that evening will be available for purchase at half price the following day, Saturday, April 11 (10 AM - noon), and again, MAC members will have access for an hour before the doors open to the general public.

All proceeds from this event will go towards Mobile Arts Council and its mission of bringing people and art together.

ASCA Supports Local Arts Projects

date: December 10, 2014

Alabama State Council on the Arts announced the latest round of grant awards following their December quarterly meeting.

Included in the $339,050 awarded statewide were two grants to Mobile Arts Council serving as fiscal agent for “I Survived Hurricane Frederic” ($3,000), a new film by Mobile native Margaret Brown, and for “Blind Tom: Music as Storytelling” ($4,000), a featured program of the Southern Literary Trail’s Trailfest 2015.

In addition to Mobile Arts Council, ASCA supported arts projects by the following Mobile County nonprofits.

Dauphin Island Foundation, Inc. - $1,700

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival, Inc. - $4,000

Marcus Johnson/ Mobile Brass Band - $2,000

Legacy 166, Inc. - $2,200

Legacy 166, Inc. - $4,500

Mobile Arc - $4,800

Mobile Museum Board, Inc. - $1,300

The Mobile Arts Council is a private nonprofit organization that serves as an umbrella organization for arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Mobile Metropolitan Area, receiving financial support from the City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, Alabama State Council on the Arts (a State agency), the National Endowment for the Arts and from local corporations, businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Bob Burnett, Executive Director, Mobile Arts Council, 251-432-9796 or

“Emergence:” Art from the University of South Alabama

date: December 08, 2014

This month, Mobile Arts Council’s Skinny Gallery features “Emergence,” an exhibition of student art from the University of South Alabama in a variety of two- and three-dimensional mediums, including glass, ceramics, oil, acrylic, pencil, and photography. In addition, a medley of styles is displayed in this show of emerging talent. The exhibition is on display through noon, Friday, December 19 in the Council’s venue at 318 Dauphin Street. 

The student artists are all enrolled in the USA Visual Art Department’s Professional Practices class. They participated in preliminary work to create the show and worked in groups to transport, hang, and curate their work, as well as to develop the guest book, flyer, and other advertising media.

The students’ teacher, Martin Azevedo, explained why he developed the project: “This is a great opportunity for young artists to put their work into a public space.  It gives them valuable experience in understanding the work that goes into a show, as well as understanding the work as a representation of themselves and their talents.  For many this is their first time exhibiting work, which is essential in kicking off their careers as professional artists.”   

--Alanna Whitaker

“The Willoughby Guide to Ballet” Available to MAC Donors

date: December 05, 2014

When Russ Adams, owner of Bienville Books, bought a portion of the late Nell Echols Burks’ library, he discovered an envelope containing a little booklet made in the 1940’s by Mobile’s Renaissance Man, Eugene Walter, as a gift for his friend.

The Willoughby Guide to Ballet comprises a dozen pages, featuring a few casual sketches of dancers, several of the humorous drawings with captions that Eugene was later to label “Squiggles,” two collage self-portraits of the artist as a very young man, a valentine, and a couple of other illustrations.

As a tribute to both Nell and Eugene memorializing their life-long friendship, their senses of humor, and their love of ballet, Russ has produced 100 copies of a facsimile of the Guide and has generously made it available as a premium for a donation of $20 or more to Mobile Arts Council.

For further information, contact MAC: 251-432-9796.

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