Our 71st Annual May Show kicked off on September 18th and will be exhibited in both the Lower and Main Galleries through October 23rd. Each piece of art that was submitted went through a jurying process.  In the event you are unfamiliar with how that process works, let us explain!

Each work is viewed and contemplated by our juror and ultimately chosen to either be displayed in the exhibit, or it may be rejected based on a multitude of reasons, i.e. craftsmanship, subject matter, or simply the juror’s preference. It’s really a pretty simple process but can take up to several hours, if not an entire work day to get through all of the submissions.  This annual exhibition was open to any Ohio resident and we are proud to say that we have over 150 pieces representing a multitude of artists from all over Ohio!

The turnout of artwork was really spectacular this year!  Not only are we exhibiting new and original art from returning artists but from several first time artists as well.  Each artist has given a lot of time, creativity and passion to his or her work, and to be the juror for such beautiful pieces in this show must have been no easy task; it’s all awesome! This year’s May Show juror was Mr. Brent Kee Young, a Glass Artist and Professor Emeritus at Cleveland Institute of Art. You may read his juror statement from the May Show page of our website here.

The awards ceremony took place during our traditional Artists’ & Friends’ Night Out on Thursday evening of September 29th. Friends and artists gathered in the Main Gallery to share stories over food and drinks and to get insight as to the inspiration behind the artists’ work.

The Best of Show Award went to Jodi Knoch for “Watching Them” (featured picture). The awards received by the artists for their outstanding work were generously donated by several sponsors. This year’s sponsors included:

Mechanics Bank’s for Awards of Excellence

Margaret Twitchell Swank Award for Painting

Susan B. Smith Award for Fiber

Sid Yellen Award for Photography

Whitten Studios Award for Ceramics

Blick Art Materials Award for Innovation

There is a complete list of artists and their art which is on exhibit in our Gallery Guide, as well as prices for those pieces that are for sale by the original artist.

There is an incredible mix of style and talent in the show this year, such as oil paintings, watercolors, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, crafts and more. If you haven’t already, and you’d like to come see the May Show exhibit, stop by the Mansfield Art Center anytime throughout the day during regular hours of operation, Tuesday – Sunday from 11am-5pm. There is no charge for the show and we would welcome your visit. We have gotten great feedback on how diverse the show is and we are confident that there is something for everyone to admire!