The first week of April at the Mansfield Art Center began with our Spring classes getting underway, with most classes meeting once a week for the next eight weeks. We also have some upcoming exhibitions which you may not want to miss, so be ready to mark your calendars!

Currently on display is the 2017 Annual Regional High School Exhibition and Art Educators Exhibition, which began on March 18 and will display through April 16. On our first floor until April 16 is Ruthie Akuchie’s 29 Days of Inspirational Black Females, a painting & mixed media collection of 29 portraits of inspirational Black female leaders. We hope you can stop by for a visit of all three of these exhibitions and while you are here, you may want to vote for the People’s Choice Award for our Regional High School Exhibition. Read all about the details from our blog post, Vote For Your Favorite Pieces!

Upcoming Exhibitions

Moving forward to May, the first week will begin our annual May Show, marking this year as the 72nd year! The May Show traditionally displays original works from Ohio artists and in all mediums. This is a juried exhibition and if you are an eligible Ohio resident, you may submit your art for judging on the following dates: April 18, 19 & 20. Visit this page on our website for a detailed description, as well as the rules for submission. This year’s 72nd Annual May Show exhibits from May 6 – June 4, 2017, and is a fine collection of incredible and one of a kind art pieces from artists from all around Ohio.

The Thomas Wagner Collection, Outsider Art, will display from June 24 until July 23. The pieces in this assemblage are from Thomas Wagner’s private collection. These are unique pieces from artists that don’t exactly “color between the lines” and who demonstrate outstanding talent.

Coming up in August The Art of Children’s Books will display from August 12th and will exhibit through September 10. This collection features the work of Richard Cowdry, David Fitzsimmons, and Jay Hosler, respectively.

  • Cowdry is a New York Times best-selling illustrator and is well-known for his illustrations for children’s books.
  • As an award-winning photographer, Fitzsimmons resides in Bellville, Ohio and among his latest publications are Curious Critters, and Curious Critter Volume Two, having sold over 100,000 copies.
  • Hosler is the author and illustrator of science-oriented comics and is widely known for his graphic novels Clan Apis, The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions.

Mountain Tea Studios, Mark Flowers, Kristy Higby, & The Other Brother will exhibit from September 30 through October 29. Located in Ashville, NC, Flowers and Higby created Mountain Tea Studios as a life partnership and have been making and teaching art for over 40 years. Their studio work includes mixed media narrative paintings, sculptural artists’ books, and socially relevant documentaries.[i]

Then, beginning November 18 is our annual Holiday Fair, which will run through December 30. This annual event features unique and creative art in an array of different mediums. It is a fun time to come and shop and visit, and enjoy our traditional homemade soup. Soup is served over the lunch hours during two weeks of Holiday Fair, made from scratch by volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you here!

[i] As described by Mountain Tea Studios website,