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.
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-432-9796.
The Mobile Arts Council will feature artists Ben Kaiser and Cat Pope in their new show, “Home and Heritage,” and Sahar Alford’s exhibition, “Universal Beauty,” during the month of March in MAC’s Gallery at the Saenger’s Room 1927.
According to Kaiser and Pope, artists often look back on their childhoods for inspiration. They think of loved ones. They think of the places where they grew up; places that mean or meant something. They think about where they came from and the people that matter most.
“Home and Heritage,” is a show of growth. It is a depiction of pasts and beginnings; of hometowns and explorations; and of colors that take us back to a place we remember. Kaiser and Pope hope that in seeing their work you not only see a part of them, but connect to a piece that resonates with you, too.
Like painting, Alford’s love and passion for dance came at a very early age. Her March exhibition is a series of realistic paintings with the theme of “Universal Beauty.” The purpose is to capture beauty, strength and dreams of females from around the world through different dance styles and cultures.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from March 6th through the 30th, with a special reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13th, LoDa ArtWalk night.
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.
Dates: May 1-31, 2018
Painting by Lauren Nalty
This May, the Mobile Arts Council is hosting the “251 Art Teachers” exhibition – a group art show for anyone who shares their passion and love of art through teaching. Any Mobile-area teachers were eligible to enter, including those that teach at a school setting (public or private, college or university), workshops, classes, private lessons, and/or art camps.
Participating artists include Amanda Youngblood, Christy LeGros, Carol Wiggins, Brennan Gibson, Cat Pope, Lucy Gafford, Rikki Rhodes, Keith Wall, Rebecca Wright, Renee Grimes, Karin Marrero, Linda Duffis, Melissa Stuart, Rebecca Wright, Jeff Knighton, Anne Rose, Warren Jackson, Jason Outlaw, Ardith Goodwin, Steve Dark, Sharon Samples, Sharonda Harris-Marshall, Lisa Hancock, Catherine Helmsing, Corky Goldman, Nancy Barry, Julie Kogon, Janet Hinton, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Alma Hoffmann, Ginger Woechan, Lauren Nalty, Sarah Gelsinger Brewer, Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Lydia Host, and Steve Strickland.
Dates: April 1-27, 2018
“5” is a juried exhibition of work by students at the area’s five colleges and universities, sponsored every other year by Mobile Arts Council (MAC). Entry was open to any student – not only students studying art – enrolled during any part of the 2017 -2018 academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, theUniversity of Mobile, or the The University of South Alabama.
From the 90 works submitted, Judge Wendy DesChene chose 60 pieces by 34 artists: 3 from Bishop State Community College, 10 from Coastal Alabama Community College, 6 from Spring Hill College, 3 from the University of Mobile, and 12 from the University of South Alabama.
The exhibition will hang in our galleries from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 27, with a reception and awards ceremony during the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 13 between 6 – 9 PM. Prizes (including cash and gift certificates) will be awarded the evening of the reception. Our gallery hours are 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays, as well as weekends during SouthSounds Arts and Crafts Market and the Market in the Park hours.
We want to thank Ashland Gallery, the Mobile Art Association, and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Mobile Historic District for sponsoring the 2018 exhibition.
Dates: March 1-31, 2018
Painting by Kristin Dunreath Harris
“Facets” is a new watercolor exhibition by Kristin Dunreath Harris. Kistin’s paintings are painstakingly detailed, capturing each faceted shape of every carefully drawn jewel – creating an illusion of reflection, depth, and a three-dimensional feel within her works. The transitions of soft and bold colors are pushed on a clay surface, bringing watercolor out from behind glass and allowing each piece to be closer to the eye of the viewer. Kristin is an illustrator and self taught watercolor artist based in Daphne, Alabama. With a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of South Alabama, her love for art transitioned her career to working full time on commissioned pieces out of her studio for clients all over the country. See Kristin’s works throughout the month of March during our gallery hours, between 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 9, between 6 – 9 PM.
Dates: March 1-31, 2018
“Iguanians” by Joseph Smith
“HUMANIMAL” is a mixed-media exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Joseph Smith. His exhibition focuses on the relationship of humankind and animals, drawing parallels to the similarities in their characteristics. “Developing and expanding humankind is increasingly separating themselves from the animal world. Having spent many years rescuing injured wildlife, dogs from kill shelters and puppy mills, raising cattle and horses, and coming in close contact with many other species in what I call Animalia, I have been fortunate to have been able to notice that each and every animal I have ever touched has possessed its own distinct and unique personality apart from its species defined characteristics and instincts. My desire to acknowledge and learn more about personality as it related to species, I wondered about the possibilities of humans interacting to such a degree as to become a mindful part of the animal. Creating human figures with animal heads, more importantly minds, became further explored by forming human heads/minds on animal figures. If either of these were possible in the abstract sense and allowing the viewer to reflect on this concept, I believe a closer bond can be formed between humankind and the multitudes of animal species that have closely evolved together.” – Joseph Smith Smith resides in Lillian, Alabama by way of Oklahoma, California, Connecticut, and the South of France. He studied painting and sculpture at the California College of Art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design. An experienced stone and wood carver, welder, ceramicist and stone fabricator his sculptures, drawings and paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California, Florida and New Mexico in the U.S. in Avignon, Les Baux de Provence, St. Remy de Provence, Remoulin and St. Sabastien in the South of France, Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland and Cologne, Germany. He has taught classes and workshops in sculpture techniques, drawing and painting. His works have been viewed in Art News, Art Forum, reviewed in The Washington Post and numerous local journals and newspapers in the U.S. as well as Southern France. He has won several awards for his work at juried exhibitions both here and in France. See Smith’s works throughout the month of March during our gallery hours, between 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 9, between 6 – 9 PM.
Dates: March 1-31, 2018
“Curious” Miniature Painting
The Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show is a national competition and sale, presented by the Alabama Miniature Art Society. The show features drawings and paintings from some of the top artists working in miniatures today, with no artwork larger than 25 square inches (5x5inches). This is the 10 year anniversary of this exhibition! See these artists works throughout the month of March during our gallery hours, between 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 9, between 6 – 9 PM.
Dates: March 1-31, 2018
Painting by Melissa Dumas Diegan
The back half of the Skinny Gallery is devoted to a joint exhibition by local artists Melissa and Richard Diegan. Melissa Diegan is a painter whose colorful, abstract works reflect her own sense of spirituality and love of intuitive process in art. Alongside her paintings are the expressive assemblage pieces of Richard Diegan II, who writes of his work, “A composition of found items are included in my work which include wood furniture, plumbing and electrical parts, musical instruments, car parts, circuit boards, tools, historic items […] In all art, the whole must be greater than the sum of the parts, but in assemblage the challenge is more difficult since the parts have their own identities and implications.” See the Diegan’s works throughout the month of March during our gallery hours, between 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 9, between 6 – 9 PM.