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 email@example.com or 251-432-9796.
This May, the Gallery in Room 1927 reopens with the postponed Five Show exhibition. 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 and judged, by renowned ceramicists, Charles Smith.
Congratulations to Mikayla Ott (1st), Malaya Bengel (2nd), Nancy Milford (3rd), Diana Dyer (Honorable Mention), and Justin Paxton (Honorable Mention). All of the winners will receive a gift as well as a free MAC membership. 1st Place receives $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100, and both Honorable Mentions receive a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Ashland Gallery.
The gallery hours in Room 1927 have changed. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays.
See the exhibition now in the MAC Virtual Gallery!
|William Lowe II|
Dates: June 1-30, 2017
Illustration by Conz8000
Conz8000, most recently showing at Alabama Contemporary’s “Art of Perception”, will be displaying a new series of his works in the Small Room. The artist’s series will be focused on a character he created and her life in an unknown Mobile, Alabama, after a regional terrain changing event. According to Conz8000, “the story of her life is very emotional and driven.” It will be told through illustrations, paintings, and other works – unfolding as the pieces of art are created. His exhibition will be on display through Friday, June 30. Meet Conz8000 during ArtWalk on Friday, June 6 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: June 1-30, 2017
“Heroic Smile” by Frances Ashcraft
Karen McGahagin has organized yet ANOTHER Hat Show. This time, the group exhibition has a more focused theme. The idea of “the many hats we wear” shifted to focusing on Mobile’s public service community and honoring our First Responders. According to Karen, “All of us are enthusiastic about the upcoming event because of the people it represents.” The group exhibition will be on display in the Danielle Juzan Gallery through Friday, June 30. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, June 9 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
Painting by Devlin Wilson
The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature “Aquila Sunrise”, a new painting series by Devlin Wilson. “This show, for me, is representation of the innate inspiration of bays, beaches and sailing adventures I experienced over the past year. Reflections of turquoise and the entire spectrum of colors that silhouette flora and fauna, birds and boats, water and sky, depict my love of everything beautiful about living on and loving the Gulf Coast”. – Devlin Wilson Devlin’s exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
A student’s work from St. Igniatius Catholic School
The Skinny Gallery will be out of this world! St. Igniatius Catholic School students, under the guidance of art teacher Brennan Gibson, have created works around the theme “Space: the Final Frontier”. Their yearlong mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new art and new techniques, to boldly go where no class has gone before. Brennan Gibson is the art teacher at Ignatius Catholic School. She studied Elementary Education and Studio Art at the University of South Alabama and is currently working on a Masters in Art Education. Her favorite thing about being an art teacher is getting to know all of the amazing artists at St. Ignatius and being continually inspired by their creations and ideas. The exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: May 1-31, 2017
“Crab” by Denise Inge
The Small Room will display works by Mobile artist Denise Inge. “Denise Inge: A Retrospective” will celebrate the life and work of the Gulf Coast painter and long time MAC member – serving as a memorial to the artist. “Denise Inge was a friend to all and a mentor to many up-and-coming artists in the area. For those that frequented Market on the Square, Denise was always present with a plethora of paintings and prints. Spunky, cheerful, and full of energy, Denise was an immensely talented and kind soul. We are honored to have the exhibition, and share our condolences to all of her friends and family.” – MAC Program Director, Lucy Gafford Denise’s exhibition will be on display through Wednesday, May 31. Meet her friends and family during ArtWalk on Friday, May 12 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: April 1-30, 2017
Featured work from the Mobile Art Association
Members of the Mobile Art Association are exhibiting their annual Spring Show in the Skinny Gallery. Each member could enter up to two pieces of work, which could be 2D or 3D. The judge for the show was Craig Reynolds, currently of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Craig is a professional artist and instructor who has primarily done Plein Air painting since 2006, winning many awards along the way. Participating artists include Joseph Formwalt, Melissa Stuart, Anne Rose, Julie Andel, Corky Goldman, Sondra Carlisle, Sherry Ann Roy, Harriet Cain, Michael Carmichael, Barbara Rettig, Matilde Tellaetxe, Philippe Oszuscik, Benjamin Shamback, Nola Powell, Tamara Jordan Lindsay, Karen McGahagin, Judy Boswell, Jeff Johnston, Claudia McClure, Doris Amster, Deborah Hall, Juli Day, Susy Fox, Marcy Matherne, Karen Smith, Missy Patrick, Karen Spaulding, Gail Bramer, and Carol Wiggins. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 28. Meet the artists during award reception at ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: April 1-30, 2017
Featured work from the South Mississippi Art League
The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature works from The South Mississippi Art League, an artist collective that was established in 2015 with the goal of creating traveling exhibits and providing an outlet for MS Gulf Coast-based professional artists to promote and display their work. Featured artists include Pat Abernathy, Sandra Halat, Cissy Quinn, Norma Seward, Paulette Dove, Patt Odom, Stacey Johnson, Carmen Lugo, Carolyn Busenlener, Julia Reyes, and George Ann McCullough. Their exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 28. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: April 1-30, 2017
Featured work by Colleen Terrell Comer
“Lay Down” features new, multi media works by artist Colleen Terrell Comer. LAY (verb) 1. put down, especially gently or carefully. 2. put down and set in position for use. At some point, most people must lay down a part of their lives in order to take up other things. Colleen’s exhibition will be on display in the Small Room through Friday, April 28. Meet the artist during ArtWalk on Friday, April 7 (6 – 9 PM)!
Dates: March 1-31, 2017
“Grieving in the Grove” by Renee Edwards
In celebration of Baykeeper’s 20th Anniversary, MAC put out an open call for artwork in any media relating to the Mobile Bay Watershed and/or recycling to fill our galleries. There are three separate components to the show: a photography exhibition, a recycled art exhibition, and artwork in all other media. In addition to landscape and animals along the watershed, the show relates to federally endangered or threatened watershed animals/plants. The exhibition’s goal to educate the public about sustaining the Watershed as well as to raise awareness of Baykeeper’s mission: to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities. The exhibition will be on display through Monday, March 5 until noon on Thursday, March 30. 10% of exhibition sales will be donated to Mobile Baykeeper. Meet the artists during ArtWalk on Friday, March 10 (6 – 9 PM)! Visit Baykeeper’s website to learn more about their mission and for information about the Watershed. Interested artists – download the show prospectus for information on how to participate! The deadline for submission drop offs is March 3, 2017. As of now, participating artists include: Ainsley McNeily, April Livingston, Ashley Friend, Bill Morris, Catherine Helmsing, Chris Cumbie, Dawson Morgan, Devlin Wilson, Eddie Erdmann, Elise McClellan, Gail Bramer, Jeff Johnston, Jenn Grainger, Joanne Brandt, Julie Day, Karen Bullock, Karen Spaulding, Kathleen Stoves, Kathy Friedline, Melissa Munger, Lisa Warren, Lucy Gafford, Lynda Smith Touart, Melissa Hinton, Michele Brinkman, Michele Traum, Mike Carmichael, Nancy Milford, Nikki Shaw, Renee Edwards, Ruby Lange, Satomi Kamei, Shawn Berdux, Susan Downing White, and Susan Rouillier.
Dates: January 1-30, 2017
Painting by Jo Patton
This January, MAC’s Small Room will feature “Imagined” – two individual bodies of related works created by Jo Patton (large watercolor paintings) and Pinky Bass (single-folio book pages and small sculptural pieces). Their exhibits will be on display at MAC through January 30th. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, January 13th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9 – 5 on weekdays through the end of the month and will be open select Sundays from 12 – 5 during Sunday Fundays (the 8th and the 22nd).