Beautiful: Photographs of Women by Shelley Smith

date: November 24, 2015

Shelley Smith's exhibition, "Beautiful: A Photographic Exploration & Exhibition of Women of all Ages, Ethnicities, and Backgrounds," features photographs of over 25 women- all ages, shapes, and sizes. Smith's photography show culminated as a question and exploration of finding beauty at all ages.

"As I, myself, get older and watch my body change as a woman, staring at myself in a mirror, noticing lines and other aspects that we as women study, I begin to wonder how am I defined socially as well as attractively. It may seem a shallow notion, but I think society has made it abundantly clear how we are often (though wrongly) defined. Beauty is not just a form in the flesh, but is what we are and who we reveal ourselves to be internally." - Shelley Smith

Smith's work is on display in the Skinny Gallery during the month of December. Come meet the artist on artwalk night, December 11, from 6 - 9 PM. MAC's gallery is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM.

My Favorite Things: Paintings by Benita McNider

date: November 02, 2015

"Favorite Things" is a series of oil and acrylic paintings by local artist Benita McNider. The artist refers to her exhibit as a "variety show" of artwork rendered with both Impressionistic and Contemporary Realism leanings. Her work is on display in the Mobile Arts Council's Skinny Gallery. Come meet the artist on artwalk night, friday November 13, from 6 - 9 PM.

"Favorite Things" remains on display through noon Monday, November 30. MAC is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM.

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

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