2020 Exhibitions

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As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down entertainment and gathering spaces, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has temporarily closed the gallery to the public and has launched the MAC Virtual Gallery as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Each month, our community gallery features new exhibitions of original works created by local and regional artists in our Gallery @ Room 1927, located at 6 South Joachim Street (next door to the Saenger Theatre). The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any artists are eligible and may submit a proposal for consideration. Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday.

Now, those exhibitions can be viewed here online, in addition to unique arts and crafts created by MAC’s artist members that are available for purchase. The new MAC Virtual Gallery serves our mission by providing patrons the opportunity to support local artists of all mediums and skill levels from beyond the walls of the Gallery @ Room 1927. Be sure to visit monthly for new art pieces, tickets to MAC events, and so much more!

Your patronage of the arts grows Mobile’s collective cultural footprint in a number of ways. It allows MAC to continue hosting exhibitions and artist workshops, award grants to artists and arts organizations, and provide experiences that celebrate the historically heterogeneous culture that makes Mobile so vibrant!

Join us on the second Friday of each month during LoDa ArtWalk for our exhibition receptions. Meet the artists, see their work in person, and create a personal connection with what is on display.

The MAC Virtual Gallery is always open! Click here to view and purchase works from this month's exhibiting artists. Scroll below to view our past exhibitions or to read about what we have on display.

To sponsor an exhibition, please see our Sponsorship Information.

Next Month: “Five” Biennial College Art Competition

“Five” is a juried exhibition of work by students at the area’s five colleges and universities, sponsored every other year by the Mobile Arts Council (MAC). The 2020 exhibition will be displayed in the MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 (6 South Joachim Street) from Friday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 29, with a reception and awards presentation during the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 17.

The exhibition is open to any student – not only students studying art – enrolled during any part of the 2019 -2020 academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile or the University of South Alabama.You may submit up to three pieces in any medium/style, created while enrolled in your current school. 

To be eligible, complete this online entry form by 4 PM, Friday, February 28. There is a $20 fee for up to three entries,which includes a free MAC Artist Membership ($35 value). You will be notified of the juried decisions by Monday, March 23. Six prizes will be awarded: First, Second, and Third Place; and three Honorable Mentions. Prizes will include cash, as well as other items.

If your work is selected, you must drop off pieces at the 6 South Joachim Street between Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, April 1 (10 AM – 4 PM). Works must be equipped to hang, labeled, and ready for display; if you use a mat, it must be white. All entries must remain on display until Wednesday, April 29 and be picked up on Thursday, April 30 (10 AM – 4 PM). If a piece is sold, MAC will add sales tax (10%) and take a 20% commission and mail you a check at the conclusion of the month. For further information, contact Amber Swain at aswain@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796.

April Exhibition: The “Five” Competition

This April, the Mobile Arts Council’s Virtual Gallery presents “Five,” MAC’s biennial college art competition. Artwork by students of the 2019 – 2020 academic year from Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile, and the University of South Alabama has been selected by this year’s judge, renowned ceramicist, Charles Smith. Winners will be selected once the show is hung in the gallery.

When the National Health Emergency ends, the gallery hours in Room 1927 will return to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

See the exhibition now in the MAC Virtual Gallery!

Featured Artists:

Alina Axsom
Malaya Bengel
David Bridwell
Mary Clark
Korbi  Clevinger
Anna Copeland
Stephanie Dismukes
Diana Dyer
Chase Essary
Grace Forster
Veronica Johnson
Ellie Knight
Laura Krall
Chardae Lee
Erin Loftin
William  Lowe II
Emilee Luke
Shyanne Marlowe
Karla McMillan
Micah Mermilliod
Nancy Milford
Sharon  Nilsen
Lawrence Noble
Mikayla  Ott
Justin Paxton
Kevin Pettigrew
Anna Presley
Emily Smith
Shelby Thornton
Samantha Williams
Hallie Zimlich

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Structures

Dates: January 1-31, 2016

Colleen Comer’s show, “Structures,” features paintings of buildings and interiors that she sees in everyday life. Her compositions are dramatic and use saturated colors to bring out the geometry and shapes of her subjects. Colleen “wants each painting to exist as an individual idea and world, not as a mere representation.” Comer receieved her BFA Auburn University, and has shown her work in Charleston, New York, Paris and Mobile, AL. Comer’s work is on display in the Skinny Gallery and Smal Room during the month of January. Come meet the artist on artwalk night, January 8, from 6 – 9 PM. MAC’s gallery is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM..

Visual Arts Achievement Program

Dates: January 1-31, 2016

The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school. As an arts in education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions. Students from Private studios are not eligible to submit work through their studio instructors. Before the statewide competition, districts will compete and single out winners to advance to the next level. The Mobile Arts Council will be hosting District 1: Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties. The District 1 entry deadline is January 30; we will be accepting work at MAC from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Entry forms (all digital) and additional information can be found on the Alabama State Council on the Arts’ website. If you have any questions, email lgafford@mobilearts.org.

Beautiful: Photographs of Women by Shelley Smith

Dates: December 1-31, 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.

BIT BY BIT

Dates: December 1-31, 2015

Jenna Cape is a graduating art student from the University of Alabama. Her show, “BIT BY BIT,” includes many small to medium sized vessel-like ceramic forms, as well as some oil and water based paintings. Cape’s work expresses her interest in how things relate to each other, and how strange that connection can be. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition. ”My creative process is influenced by the complex relationships that exist within nature. From the ebb and flow of water, the changing seasons, or the spontaneity of cloud formations, nature holds a sense of mystery that I aim to depict in my work. ” – Jenna Cape Cape’s work is on display in the Small Room 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.

Bovines, Ovines, Equines and More: Paintings by Joanne Brandt

Dates: December 1-31, 2015

”Bovines, Ovines, Equines and More” is an exhibition of paintings by local artist Joanne Brandt. For the past ten years, she has been working on a series of cow (Bovine) paintings, eventually adding other pastoral or domestic animals such as goats and sheep (Ovines), and burros (Equines), as well as a few family pets. Her work is realistic, with a touch of surrealism in her treatment of the colors and movement of paint. ”My paintings of these ‘divine’ creatures are treated as portraits, rather than animal paintings.” – Joanne Brandt Joanne is active in several local arts organizations, including the Mobile Arts Association (MAA), the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile (WGAS), PleinAirSouth, the Alabama Miniature Art Society, and the Spring Hill Figure Group.  She has shown her work at the Space 301 Gallery, the University of Mobile, The Eastern Shore Art Center, the Mobile Museum of Art, and the Mobile Arts Council, as well as a number of local alternative art venues.  Her work has won numerous awards. Brandt’s work is on display in the Large Room 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..

The Artys is an annual awards program that celebrates the important contributions that individuals, groups, and businesses make to the Mobile cultural community. Finalists have been announced in the remaining nine award categories, with winners to be announced live at the event.

Artys attendees will enjoy a night of celebration, complete with food, drinks and entertainment in many forms. A jazz trio comprised of John Milham, Chris Spies, and Chris Severin will play, with performances by Mobile Opera and Joe Jefferson Players throughout the ceremony.

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