Mansfield Art Center Exterior

Mansfield Art Center Architecture

We learned long ago that architecture can serve as a vehicle for individual and organizational creativity, self-renewal, and regeneration. So while our facility is itself important as a work of art, the human capital that fills the space gives it life and purpose.

To help them realize their dream of building a “signature home” for the visual arts in Mansfield, the Mansfield Fine Arts Guild turned to architect Don Hisaka then practicing in Cleveland. The result: The Mansfield Art Center, a tribute to simplicity of design and materials, intimacy of scale, and a harmonious relationship with the landscape and surroundings.

The Mansfield Art Center, which won a Progressive Architecture National Citation Award in 1971, was recognized by the architectural community as another example of Hisaka’s “unique ability to synthesize the best of disparate influences and deliver tasteful and charming buildings that compliment rather than overwhelm their surroundings.”

The award, just one of the nearly 50 citations for merit with which Hisaka’s work has been honored over the years (including the 1970 Cleveland Arts Prize for Architecture), was truly special to him because of the unique challenges presented by this commission; not the least of which was an incredibly modest budget. Because of the nature of the building as an art center, architect Don Hisaka felt that, given the site, the programmatic content of the structure could be extended visually so the building itself could become a piece of art.

Mansfield Art Center Gallery.
Mansfield Art Center Gallery Up Stairs.

Meet Our Staff

George Whitten

George Whitten

Executive Director and Instructor

George Whitten is a well-respected artist and teacher in the community. He teaches ceramics and painting classes for both adults and children. His work has been exhibited across the country and he has been published in magazines such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter.  Some of his magnificent large-scale paintings adorn the walls at Broken Rocks Café and Bakery in Wooster, Ohio. He received his BFA at Florida Atlantic University and earned his MFA at Wichita State University.

Jerry Francl

Operations Manager

Jerry has been with The Mansfield Art Center for 8 years and currently serves as the organization’s Operations Manager. In addition to the management of day to day activities, Jerry also takes an active role in the installation of the exhibitions on display, consignment and merchandising within the Gallery Shop, serves on the Membership Committee, and is the go to “IT Guy.”

Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper

Director of Education

Mary Cooper earned her Bachelor of Education with a minor in Photography from The University of Toledo and is certified to teach Visual Arts PK-12.  On her own time, Mary is fascinated by the technical nature of photography and the ability to capture fleeting moments in peoples’ lives.  She enjoys being behind her camera and photographing weddings, engagements sessions, family portraits and more. She has been a vendor at Ashland Fall Festival for the Arts, Dazzle, and has exhibited her work at the Mansfield Art Center.  When she isn’t busy teaching or creating art, you can find her cooking in the kitchen and spending time with her husband Pete and their 10 month old daughter Vienna and Golden Retriever Abel.

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield Art Center
700 Marion Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Mansfield Art Center