View our current and past gallery exhibitions below.
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its satellite gallery space at 6 South Joachim Street, mostly emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area. Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, and/or established regional artists. Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Artists may submit a proposal for consideration.
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“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 10.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-432-9796.
Artists Jerry Roldan, Hunter Cobb, and others will be exhibiting January 6th to the 31st in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.
Jerry Roldan’s exhibition, “Doodles from a Clutter Reality,” consists of arbitrary shapes and layers of various art styles. His spatial designs and vibrant use of colors draw in the viewer to interpret the narrative aspects of his paintings.
Roldan explores time as an element in his painting by the dividing the picture into sections, using the edges of the canvas, and by creating numerous accent areas. This encourages the viewer to spend time looking at the work from different distances, angles, and levels of detail. If they look for 3 minutes or 10 minutes, the work thereby exists as a 3 minute or 10 minute “film”.
Roldan encourages the viewer to spend “creative time” thinking of the meaning of the work. As many of the arbitrary shapes occur by chance, it leaves aspects of the work open for loose interpretation.
“Vanishing Point,” organized by Hunter Cobb, is a group show featuring artists from Innova Arts, Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, and other area artists. The underlying theme of this group exhibition is utilizing vanishing point perspective.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from January 6th through the 31st, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on January 10th, LoDa ArtWalk night.
Dates: February 5th – 22nd, 2019
This February, the Mobile Arts Council will showcase works from the Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP) throughout our galleries. VAAP provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. As an arts in education program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions throughout Mobile and Baldwin County, as well as other District 1 eligible schools.
In addition to VAAP, we will also host Young At Art, which is a showcase of elementary artwork from District 1 schools.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from February 5th – 22nd, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, February 8th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Featured image is “Fox and Feathers” by Emily Smith
Dates: January 4th – 30th, 2019
This January, MAC’s galleries will feature the “Women Veterans Project,” a collection of portrait photography and stories by Pam Kuhn, in the Skinny Gallery; a new photography series by Jeremy A. Wolff in the Danielle Juzan Gallery; and “Nature’s Masterpiece,” an exhibition of butterfly paintings by Joanna Myers, in the Small Room.
Pam Khun’s obsession is photography. She grew up in New Jersey, and after graduating college, she spent some time in Arizona working with Native Americans. She joined the Coast Guard in 1993, and was transferred to Mobile in 2003. She retired in 2012 and started my own photography business. She initiated the Women Veterans Project in 2018, and says that it’s been a life changing experience, and is planning to carry on the project well through 2019.
“There is an enduring perception that there aren’t many women veterans in our country. We are invisible, obscured and sometimes ignored. Did you know there are over 2 million women veterans in our country? We are young, middle aged, and mature; Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian; single, married, divorced, and widowed. Some of us are mothers and grandmothers, others are childless. We are teachers, doctors, truck drivers, supervisors, coaches, caretakers and stay-at-home Moms. I’d like my portraits to highlight the diversity of women veterans, and hopefully dispel some of the stereotypical ideas of women who serve in the military.” – Pam Khun
Jeremy Wolff is a native Mobilian, an entertainment entrepreneur, and a professional photographer. He shoots concerts, other entertainment, and finds time to shoot and create his own original art work, which will be on display in our gallery this month. Wolff’s exhibition is almost all landscape photography, and some of his pieces are fairly abstract. His works ranges from blurred night scenes to clear days at the beach, which reflects the photographer’s lifestyle – staying very in touch with nature, but also of urban nightlife. His compositions are thoughtfully balanced and make clever use of line and negative space.
Joanna Myers began the journey of Nature’s Masterpiece during a difficult time in her life. According to Joanna, “As I completed the series, I became aware of how our lives are much like the butterfly. We enter this world naïve and, like a caterpillar, we bump along. Eventually, we find ourselves surrounded by challenges, as though trapped in a cocoon. Finally, we emerge stronger and wiser from our experiences, like a butterfly.” This series of paintings shows the painter’s love of old-world style with vivid color and depth, but with a touch of simple surrealism.
MAC’s exhibitions will hang from January 3rd – 30th, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, January 11th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Dates: December 4th – 21st, 2018
This December at MAC, see an assortment of flora recreated by Mobile’s botanical artists; take a trip down the Gulf Coast with watercolorist Herb Willey; and enjoy a collecton of landscapes in oils by Ben Shamback.
The Mobile Botanical Gardens is a unique treasure, home to one of the last remaining stands of longleaf pines in Mobile as well as hundreds of plants native to coastal Alabama. As such, it serves as prime inspiration for local artists and botanists alike. The Coastal Alabama Botanical Artists’ Circle and the MBG Botanical Sketch Club have combined efforts to create a florilegium of the Garden’s plant collection, which will be on display in the Danielle Juzan Gallery this month.
For decades, artist Herb Willey has found his inspiration along the Gulf of Mexico. A native of Florida, his work in recent years has taken him along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as well. Willey paints everyday scenes and common people – fishermen, beachcombers, birdwatchers – and creates a narrative with his paintings. He seeks to invoke in the viewer the emotions that he felt while observing the scene himself, inspiring you to give each of his paintings a close look.
With his masterful use of oils, local artist Ben Shamback intends to tell a visual story about “the pictorial spaces, places, and ideas for which there are no words.” In his exhibit this month in MAC’s Small Room, Shamback has broadened his subject matter from still life to include landscapes, inspired by his enjoyment of painting plein air.
The exhibitions will hang December 3rd – 21st. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a special reception on Sunday, November 9th from 5 – 7 p.m. and on ArtWalk night, Friday, December 14th, 6 – 9 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Holidays December 24th – January 1st.
Dates: November 6th – 30th, 2018
The story behind “The Voices of Strong Women” began with Karen Bullock’s photo of dancers from Vigor High School performing in a Mardi Gras parade. After it was chosen as an editors’ favorite in NatGeo’s Your Shot community, Bullock realized she wanted to explore the theme of powerful women in her life, using her camera to capture their strength.
The collection “The Voices of Strong Women” includes portraits as well as written statements Bullock gathered from interviewing the women she photographed. Bullock received a grant from the Mobile Arts Council in 2017 to fund the creation of this project. Visit and be inspired by the collection this month in MAC’s Small Room.
The Art Group is an area group of artists who meet on a weekly basis to share the joy of painting. Through the group, its members aim to develop each other’s skills and hone their individual talents. The Art Group’s members have achieved recognition on the national level.
Participating artists include William Morris, Barbara Davis, Gina McGee, Nola Powell, Helen Thurber, Dare’ Radcliff, Eric Green, Margaret Richey, Judy Campbell, Harriet Cain, and Debbie Guy.
The exhibitions will hang November 7 – November 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a reception on ArtWalk night, Friday, November 9th, 6 – 9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays d ring Market at the Park.
Date: October 12th, 2018
“My Endless Dreams” is a street-art project based on Sahar K Alford‘s personal experience of growing up as a member of a minority religious group in Iran. Because of her religion, she was denied the right to pursue a higher education. This project is part of #EducationIsNotACrime and the “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” international street art and human rights campaign, promoting educational equality for the Baha’i’s in Iran.
Sahar Alford is the Mobile Arts Council’s chosen collaborator who has been working with female residents from the James T. Strickland Youth Center to create this art project. The work will be installed and a reception will take place at 106 Dauphin Street on National Free Thought Day, Friday, October 12, 2018 during LODA Artwalk.
Dates: October 4th – 30th, 2018
This October, see the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile‘s Fall Exhibition; a new series of paintings by Ainsley McNeely; and “Splash,” featuring ceramic sculptures and wall hangings by Dawson Dunn Morgan.
In addition to our fabulous exhibitions, MAC staff will be dressed in costume for Spooky Walk, our Halloween edition of LODA Artwalk! Bring the kids by in costume for gallery trick-or-treating.
The exhibitions will hang October 4th – October 30th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a reception on LODA Artwalk night, Friday, October 12th, 6 – 9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:30 a.m. – noon on October 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Dates: September 10-30, 2018
This September, catch a glimpse of Mobile Fashion Week 2018 through “Draped,” an exhibition focused on the art of draping. From Ancient Egyptians to Modern/Contemporary designers, draping has been a trend that has survived throughout the ages. Some of Mobile’s best local designers will dazzle you with their draped creations in anticipation of Mobile Fashion Week’s big show.
Mobile Fashion Week is September 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Fort of Colonial Mobile. This is their 7th year of Fashion Week, and they are bringing every facet of the fashion industry (models, designers, makeup artists and hairstylists) together to support Camp Rap-A-Hope. This year, they are hoping to donate the largest check yet to this amazing camp for kids with cancer. Order your tickets now online for $30 (tickets at the door will be available for $40).
MAC is starting a new annual tradition at this month’s ArtWalk: an exhibit featuring the work of the upcoming Throwdown contestants! Think of it as your chance to scope out the talent, and maybe even place bets on a winner. This year the Skinny Gallery will feature Ardith Goodwin, Ben Kaiser, Cat Pop, conz8000, and Devlin Wilson, along with their equally fierce artist assistants Shauna Meiri, Marnée Wiley, Kristin Dunreath, DeAnthony Dulaney, and Ben Hebert. Each artist will display three to five of their works.
Once you’ve seen the art, you’ll want to see the artists at work. The Throwdown is a live art competition featuring local artists competing for the title of Throwdown Champion. Competitors have 90 minutes to create works of art from a shared supply table. Your job as an attendee is to watch the art happen while enjoying live local music, sipping drinks from Haint Blue Brewing and O’Daly’s Irish Pub, chowing down on appetizers fromHeroes and The Royal Scam, and partaking in a silent auction for a variety of locally-provided goodies. At the end of the night, you can even participate in a live auction to take home the champion’s masterpiece!
Dates: September 10-30, 2018
Printmaker and installation artist Grant Benoit’s exhibition “Memory Palace” is a commentary on the layers of memory and experience held by everyday objects. Benoit compares our memory to a house: “Everyday paths and rituals become evident as carpets thin and edges darken with touch. Shelves overflow… closets fill—first systematically, then later with forceful containment.” Expanding on his training in traditional printmaking, Benoit prints wallpapers and layers them in concert with household ephemera and sculpted objects to “explore notions of memory in a way science cannot convey.”
Benoit received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Spring Hill College, then earned an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in 2015. Since then he has exhibited his work internationally, stretching the boundaries of printmaking to explore ideas of memory and multiplicity. He currently works as the Museum Educator at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art. Learn more about his work at www.grantbenoit.com.