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. Our gallery is open to the public Wednesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.
To sponsor an exhibition, please see our Sponsorship Information.
The Mobile Arts Council is now accepting entries for the 2021 District 1 Visual Arts Achievement Program and Young at Art! For the first time, this year’s program will take place virtually AND in person – teachers and students are not required to participate in person to be eligible to compete. Those eligible for District 1 include public and private schools Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Every student who receives a District Award will be recognized in the State Awards from the Alabama State Council on the Arts online. All entries, in person and virtual, must be submitted online. Private studios are not eligible to submit work. Entry categories include painting, drawing, mixed media, 3-D/craft, photography, printmaking, and computer images.
The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 to be recognized for their contributions to the visual arts at the local and state levels. View the statewide schedule, including scholarship opportunities for students (portfolios due on March 1st) on ASCA’s website here. The District 1 juried exhibition will hang from February 5th to February 26th, and will also be displayed on our Virtual Gallery online..
Concurrently, Young at Art is for 5th grade students and below and not included in the juried competition. These entries must be equipped to hang (with a wire, sawtooth hanger, contact strips, or some other way that does not stick out of the top of the artwork). Unlike VAAP, this show is also open to private lesson teachers.
Contact Sydney Cramer at email@example.com or 251-432-9796 for more information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday – Friday.
The Mobile Arts Council recognizes that Black artists have been historically underrepresented in the Visual Arts field. During Black History Month this February, we extended an invitation for any Mobile-based Black artists 18+ (no MAC membership required) to be featured in MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 and/or in our Virtual Gallery online. Featured painting by Soynika Edwards-Bush.
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.
Dates: August 3-30, 2018
Dates: July 5-31, 2018
This July, MAC will feature prints depicting the seven deadly sins by Sarah Dittman in the Small Room; “Rise like the lotus from muddy waters” – a mixed media exhibition of sculptures, paintings, and prints by Shawn Berdux, in the Danielle Juzan Gallery; and artwork created by students of the Optimist Boys & Girls Club in the Skinny Gallery.
Sarah Dittmann is a printmaker and illustrator from Fairhope, Alabama. From a young age she has shown an inclination towards art and has strived to perfect her art skills. She graduated in the Spring of 2016 from the University of South Alabama with a B.F.A in Printmaking. She has recently been accepted into the Graduate Program at the University of Alabama to pursue a M.F.A in Studio Art: Printmaking for the Fall 2018 semester. She currently is living and working in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her exhibition features the seven deadly sins depicted as duchesses, as well as prints of skulls and crystals.
Shawn Berdux is a self-taught artist, and this is her first solo exhibition. Shawn was previously a nurse, and her creativity often helped her with patients and families. She has always dreamed of being a artist. Through life’s ups and downs, she has found art to always be her therapy. Shawn continues to explore all mediums she can. She loves to sculpt clays, rocks, and bamboo as well as dabbling in mixed media and painting abstract figures.
The Boys & Girls Clubs were provided with two free weeks of ChARTing New Directions summer art camps, which were held at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. MAC and Alabama Contemporary partnered together to provide these classes, which focused on many different forms of art, including ceramics, painting, stenciling, paper-making, yarn-bombing, and public art projects (to be installed in downtown’s Lost Garden off Dauphin Street next month). We will fill the Skinny Gallery with their works for the month of July. On July 31st from 4 – 6 PM, MAC will host a closing reception for all the camp participants and their families, open to the general public.
The exhibitions will hang from July 5th – July 31st. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours on Saturdays.
Dates: June 4-29, 2018
Drawing by Melissa Tubbs and painting by Adam Underwood
This June, the Mobile Arts Council is hosting three unique exhibitions: ART from the HEART, an acrylic and mixed-media exhibition by self-taught artist James J. Austin; “Abstracts from the Air” by Adam Underwood; and Melissa Tubbs’ “Celebration & Preservation” – an Alabama 200 traveling exhibition featuring 25 detailed drawings of architecture in our state that have had a major role in its history.
The exhibitions will hang in our galleries from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 29, with a reception during ArtWalk on Friday, June 8 between 6 – 9 PM. Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM on weekdays and Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.