2019 Exhibitions

Gallery

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” Biennial College Art Competition

“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 aswain@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796.

January Exhibitions: Jerry Roldan and “Vanishing Point”

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.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Sea Change

Dates: May 1-31, 2016

Kindergarten-8th grade students from St. Ignatius Catholic School (under the instruction of art teacher Brennan Gibson) will be presenting an ocean-themed exhibition “Sea Change,” featuring papier-mâché sculptu​res, mixed media collages, assemblages, and paintings. Most of the projects will utilize recycled materials. Students explored a variety of techniques including printmaking, mosaic, and collage. Grades K-5 made art inspired by different sea creatures and their habitats. Grades 6-8 created artwork in response to pollution found along our beaches and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The artists goals are to highlight the beauty of our oceans and marine life while bringing attention to the dangers facing ​our oceans​. Specific artwork will be for sale and all proceeds will go to MAC and the ​Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The student exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, May 13th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Icons in Art

Dates: May 1-31, 2016

The word “icon” means “image,” but since the early centuries of Chrisitianity, the “icon” is normally used to refer to images with a religious content, meaning, and use. In this series of artworks by Skylar Nicholson and Sandra Cassibry, icons are used explore subject matter and medium. Skylar’s body of work focuses on a religious style of iconography that involves contemporary imagery. It symbolizes an international ancestral worship theme. His icons are a modern take of old views – worshiping the people from the past that still currently hold importance in the same aspect that religious figures such as Jesus Christ, Christian Saints, Buddha, and Confucius are held by their followers. The images in his work are centralized around significant people in his life. Glass is the main material that he used to execute his ideas. According to Skylar, “The glass itself is a symbol of fragility. It symbolizes how religion, people and ideas can be forgotten or broken. We use icons to have a visual memory of ideas and memories.” He uses contemporary frames in his art to let the viewer relate the icons to a less formal setting. Sandra’s iconic paintings were inspired by stained glass windows from churches and cathedrals along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline. The transparency of the watercolors, her chosen medium, permits the white reflective surface of paper to shine through.  Similar to stained glass, watercolors have an attractive, airy quality, which is perfect for capturing the illusion of atmosphere, space, and light. The artists’ exhibits will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Small Room. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, May 13th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.  

Around Mobile

Dates: May 1-31, 2016

Artist Adam Underwood has produced a series of local landscape paintings titled “Around Mobile.” Adam’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of May in the Large Room. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, May 13th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

It’s All About the Hats II

Dates: March 1-31, 2016

It’s All About the Hats – AGAIN! But this time, it’s not just Karen. Karen McGahagin’s vibrant hat-centric paintings are already known to MAC visitors who remember her solo show last May, titled It’s All About the Hats. This time, McGahagin is back with even more hats, courtesy of her friends and fellow artists. The show will feature a motley mix of mediums and styles, but the hat theme remains. McGahagin is a board member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society as well as a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society. The group exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of March in the Large Room. Meet the artists on ArtWalk night, March 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Flow

Dates: March 1-31, 2016

”Captured fractions and fragments of seconds with creativity and light” – photographer Vincent Lawson is intent on documenting these fragments in his work. His exhibit, Flow, is a collection of photographs of dancers taken over the past 10 years. Lawson creates images that represent not just the rhythm of dance but of life as a whole. His abstract shapes and arcs of motion invite the viewer to imagine the rhythm that inspired them. Vincent’s exhibit will be on display at MAC during the month of March in the Skinny Gallery. Meet the artist on ArtWalk night, March 11th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The gallery will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays.

The Love Project

Dates: February 1-28, 2016

Our ChARTing New Directions instructor Kathleen Kirk Stoves collaborated with her students to create a Valentine’s Day window display. This homage to “love” features portraits of some of her students, as well as an abundance of floating hearts with inspiring quotes about the meaning and importance of love. This display will be hanging in MAC’s front windows for the month of February.

Nature’s Beauty

Dates: February 1-28, 2016

The environmental-themed artwork is the result of a weaving across the curriculum of science, art, and fashion design. Students of Mrs. Dianne Bernasconi’s Family and Consumer Science classes at Fairhope High School spent time immersed in learning about the local habitat of Weeks Bay Estuaries. Angela Underwood, biologist educator, was a guest in the classes to share the importance of our fragile ecosystem and the importance of learning about water runoff and keeping the habitats clean. Nancy Raia, Community Arts Director for Eastern Shore Art Center, spent three days teaching the art of batik and how to design on fabric

Structures

Dates: January 1-31, 2016

Colleen Comer’s show, “Structures,” features paintings of buildings and interiors that she sees in everyday life. Her compositions are dramatic and use saturated colors to bring out the geometry and shapes of her subjects. Colleen “wants each painting to exist as an individual idea and world, not as a mere representation.” Comer receieved her BFA Auburn University, and has shown her work in Charleston, New York, Paris and Mobile, AL. Comer’s work is on display in the Skinny Gallery and Smal Room during the month of January. Come meet the artist on artwalk night, January 8, from 6 – 9 PM. MAC’s gallery is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM..

Visual Arts Achievement Program

Dates: January 1-31, 2016

The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school. As an arts in education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions. Students from Private studios are not eligible to submit work through their studio instructors. Before the statewide competition, districts will compete and single out winners to advance to the next level. The Mobile Arts Council will be hosting District 1: Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties. The District 1 entry deadline is January 30; we will be accepting work at MAC from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Entry forms (all digital) and additional information can be found on the Alabama State Council on the Arts’ website. If you have any questions, email lgafford@mobilearts.org.

Beautiful: Photographs of Women by Shelley Smith

Dates: December 1-31, 2015

Shelley Smith’s exhibition, “Beautiful: A Photographic Exploration & Exhibition of Women of all Ages, Ethnicities, and Backgrounds,” features photographs of over 25 women- all ages, shapes, and sizes. Smith’s photography show culminated as a question and exploration of finding beauty at all ages. ”As I, myself, get older and watch my body change as a woman, staring at myself in a mirror, noticing lines and other aspects that we as women study, I begin to wonder how am I defined socially as well as attractively. It may seem a shallow notion, but I think society has made it abundantly clear how we are often (though wrongly) defined. Beauty is not just a form in the flesh, but is what we are and who we reveal ourselves to be internally.” – Shelley Smith Smith’s work is on display in the Skinny Gallery during the month of December. Come meet the artist on artwalk night, December 11, from 6 – 9 PM. MAC’s gallery is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM.

The Artys is an annual awards program that celebrates the important contributions that individuals, groups, and businesses make to the Mobile cultural community. Finalists have been announced in the remaining nine award categories, with winners to be announced live at the event.

Artys attendees will enjoy a night of celebration, complete with food, drinks and entertainment in many forms. A jazz trio comprised of John Milham, Chris Spies, and Chris Severin will play, with performances by Mobile Opera and Joe Jefferson Players throughout the ceremony.

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