As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down entertainment and gathering spaces, the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) has launched the MAC Virtual Gallery as of Thursday, March 19, 2020. Our gallery is open to the public Wednesdays - Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.
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.
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. The District 1 juried exhibition will hang from February 5th to February 26th, and will also be displayed on our Virtual Gallery online.. For those who want to physically participate, entries must be equipped to hang with a wire or sawtooth hanger and will be due on February 1st – 3rd at our Gallery at Room 1927 (6 S. Joachim St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). All entries will be due online by February 1st through the online application below:
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. Apply to showcase up to five pieces of elementary school artwork here:
For those who want to physically participate, entries must be equipped to hang with a wire or sawtooth hanger and will be due on February 1st – 3rd at our Gallery at Room 1927 (6 S. Joachim St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you need an alternate drop off time, or help with photographing and entering your submissions online, we will gladly do this for you at the gallery!
Contact Sydney Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-432-9796 for more information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday – Friday.
This month we will be featuring two exhibitions: Art For All and Nancy Goodman’s Quilts. These pieces will hang through the end of January in the Mobile Arts Council’s Gallery @ Room 1927. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mobile Arts Council, The Central Arts Collective, Full Life Ahead Foundation, and L’Arche Mobile are pleased to announce Art for All, an inclusive arts education program for adults. The goal of the program is to bring people of all abilities together to express their creativity and develop their skills in a variety of arts media including acrylics, graphics, watercolors, and more. This January, 58 framed works from Art for All, all created by students with developmental disabilities over a number of years, will be featured in our gallery. 100% of proceeds from these art sales will go toward purchasing supplies for Art For All‘s classes, so stop by and purchase a special piece for your home while supporting a great cause! If you are interested in volunteering or making a financial donation towards this program, please contact Lucy Gafford at email@example.com.
Nancy Goodman makes art quilts – quilts meant for the wall, rather than the bed. While firmly grounded in the craft of quilting, Goodman’s quilt style is improvisational, made without patterns or templates. She creates her designs using vibrant colors and complicated piecing. A final layer of intricate quilting (stitching that holds all the layers together) fills every inch of the quilt. Goodman exhibits her quilts in national and international shows and has won many awards. She lives and works in Mobile, AL. Within the artist’s featured works, she has included a Peace and Freedom Series. According to Goodman, “All over the world people are struggling for peace and freedom. These quilts commemorate some of those struggles.”
The Mobile Arts Council recognizes that Black artists have been historically underrepresented in the Visual Arts field. During Black History Month this February, we would like to extend an invitation for any Mobile-based Black artists 18+ (no membership required) to be featured in MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927 and/or in our Virtual Gallery online. This application deadline is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th. (Featured painting by Soynika Edwards-Bush).
Artists must be Mobile-based Black artists 18 years or older, and are allowed to submit up to two pieces each. All works will be featured in our online gallery, and select pieces will be hung in MAC’s Gallery @ Room 1927. All works will be juried based on available gallery space, and at least one entry per artist will be featured in the physical exhibition. All artistic mediums will be accepted in this application, but dimensions should not exceed 4′ x 6′ in size. Submitted works must have not been previously featured in our gallery. If accepted, drop off of works for the physical exhibition will take place February 1st – 3rd between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 6 South Joachim Street. All 2D works must be equipped to hang with a wire or sawtooth hanger. MAC takes a 20% commission on all sales, and all accepted works must remain on display in the gallery for the entire month of February. MAC reserves the right to approve or deny any submissions.
Dates: December 1-31, 2017
Regional School of the Deaf and Blind Christmas Card
The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature artworks created by the Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind and Mobile Arc. The mission of the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind is to create a positive, supportive educational environment that provides opportunities for sensory impaired students to reach individual potential in the areas of academics, independence, responsibility and social competence. Mobile Arc (MARC) is a nonprofit advocacy and service system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from artwork sold from these exhibitions will go towards these programs. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, December 8th. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays throughout the month of December. We will be closed for the holidays from December 25th – January 1st.
Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Painting by Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough
Bishop State Community College art professors will be exhibiting their own works in the Danielle Juzan Gallery. Their show will include paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works. Participating artists include Visual Arts instructors Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough and Lydia Host, as well as Graphic Design instructors Joseph Booth, Erica Hunter, and Jessica Maples. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Art By Destinee of the Regional School of the Deaf and Blind
“Falling for Art,” an exhibition of student works from Mobile and Baldwin County schools, fills the Skinny Gallery this month. Participating schools, organized by the Bay Area Art Educators, range from area elementary schools to high schools. Participating teachers include Anne Rose, Christy LeGros, Ella Smith, Felicia Olds, Karin Marrero, Leigh Brown, Linda Duffis, Melissa Hinton, Melissa Stuart, Julie Kogon, Ruby Lange, Warren Jackson, Monica J Beasley, Nancy Raia, Jeff Knighton, Jason Outlaw, Nicholas Frey, and Esther Dollar McNellage. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dates: November 1-30, 2017
Quilt by Dorothy Parker
Market in the Park visitors might recognize Dorothy Parker’s unique, geometric patterns from her booth at Cathedral Square. Parker was born in Winfield Kansas in 1934 has always sewn as a hobby (and for extra cash). She started making hats and purses about 15 years ago, and eventually graduated to quilting. Long-time market vendor and first-time featured artist at MAC, Parker’s quilts will hang on display in the Small Room this November. Be sure to stop by and take a look at her bold handcrafted designs. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, November 10th from 6 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays and during Market in the Park hours throughout the month of November. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dates: October 1-31, 2017
Various works by Guy Marcinkowski
“Super Star + Money = Dread” lays bare Guy Marcinkowski’s emotional observations through mixed media art and paintings, both abstract and figurative. This show represents a 3 year creative journey of the artist, telling the story of the rise and fall of the individual in today’s society. The other works feautred in the exhibition, not relating to “Superstar + Money = Dread,” were crafted during the same time period. Marcinkowski says, “I am a conceptual American artist inspired by color, music, nature, current events and other artists. My job is to deepen the mystery. Half of my process is creating from my own stream of conscience the rest being labor and manipulating materials. I feel I can something with colors, shapes, and occasionally words.” Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 13th, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of October and on Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.
Dates: October 1-31, 2017
Photo by Vincent Lawson
Recent Throwdown attendees may have noticed local photographer Vincent Lawson at work, snapping photos of the artists in action. This October, Lawson will display his most recent collection in MAC’s Small Room. Lawson typically focuses on human subjects in his work – his award-winning 2014 exhibit “Our Neighbors” captured stark, honest moments in the lives of Mobile’s homeless. The collection was the product of over 15 years of walking downtown and talking to homeless men and women. In “Floral Intercourse,” Lawson turns away from the human subject and instead seeks to capture the “abstract, colorful, and ambiguous nature” of the flower. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, October 13th, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month and on Saturdays during Market in the Park hours.
Dates: September 1-30, 2017
“Orangey Creature from the Black Lagoon” by Anne Godwin
The Azalea City Art Quilters, established 2004, are members of the Azalea City Quilters Guild, Inc. Using innovative techniques and materials, their art quilts are inspired by their own experiences, imagery and ideas rather than traditional patterns. The Art Quilters enjoy doing both individual and group projects, expanding the viewer’s concept of what a quilt is or can be. Their motto: nO RuLeS. The group’s newest group project, Under the Sea, has made its premier at MAC. Each quilter ice-dyed the background fabric, then created her vision of what was underwater. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM! The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.
Dates: September 1-30, 2017
A young citizen painting at the Strickland Youth Center
The Mobile County Commission, James T. Strickland Youth Center, Mobile Arts Council, and Alabama Contemporary Art Center worked together to bring awareness to the works produced by our young citizens. These programs – a collaboration of efforts by Judge Edmond Naman, Photographer Devin Ford, Artist Riley Brenes and over 25 future community leaders – highlight the courage of our young citizens and their desires to make Mobile a safer and more beautiful place to live through the power of Public Art. Turning two local building from “Blight to Bright” and courageously baring their souls through film- these young people will display their talents, along with informative and interactive pieces, in the Mobile Art Council’s Danielle Juzan Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.
Dates: September 1-30, 2017
Mobile Fashion Week Designer Tony Davis
Graffiti has always been considered revolutionary, and throughout history any revolution at first was considered a crime. Graffiti has been used by groups and individuals who have felt oppressed or suppressed and needed an outlet to express themselves, so they write on the walls. Mobile Fashion Week started as a revolution, an outlet for Gulf Coast/Southern Designers to express themselves without having to travel or move to towns that could never be considered home. Enjoy our Graffiti, enjoy our Crime, enjoy our Fashion, enjoy our Revolution. The Small Room exhibition artists include:Justin Tullie(Designer), Tony Davis (Designer), and Jordan Atchison(Artist). Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, September 8, from 6 – 9 PM. The show will be available to see from 9 AM – 5 PM on weekdays throughout the month of September.
Dates: August 1-31, 2017
Fred Alan Marchman
A retrospective exhibition of Fred Alan Marchman’s work will fill the Mobile Arts Council’s galleries for the month of August, 2017. Marchman, who passed away on April 19, 2016, was known as one of the most prolific artists working in our region. He was often described as an “artist to the bone” and is renowned for his eclectic style and subject matter. A native Mobilian and lover of the flora and fauna of the coastal south, his show exhibits over a 150 pieces of art – including paintings, sculpture, pottery, and works on paper. Come celebrate his life’s work throughout the month of August, and meet his friends and family during the reception on ArtWalk night, August 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. View the Lagniappe article to learn more about Marchman and the exhibition.