March will start off with three exciting exhibitions on the agenda, each to display a wonderful mix of artwork across an array of different media. Showcasing artwork from area high school students in a juried exhibition is our 2017 Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition. Featured on display as well, will be area elementary, junior high and high school art educator’s artwork. Also don’t miss the new “Pop-Up Exhibition” from our own portrait instructor Ruthie Akuchie. These exhibitions will be on display and running simultaneously through mid-April during our regular business hours and open to all!

2017 Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition
Opening Reception for The 2017 Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition will be held March 18 from 3 – 5pm. This starts off an annual tradition of displaying talent from our region’s participating High Schools. This exhibition is a great experience for the region’s youth by introducing and exposing them to the experience of a juried exhibition. For the visitor, this show offers a glimpse of local talent, a chance to see original and creative artwork, and enjoyment! On display from March 18 through April 15, this exhibition is sponsored by the Cleveland Financial Group and the Ohio Arts Council and exhibits in our Upper Main Gallery.

Educators Exhibition
On our First Floor Gallery and in conjunction with our Regional High School Art Exhibition, we’ll have artwork showing from area art teachers. The pieces in this collection, submitted by participating art educators, features artwork from elementary, junior high and high school teachers. It is an outstanding assortment of multi-media artwork from teachers in the surrounding school districts that allows art educators an outlet for revealing their own talent. This exhibition is on display from March 18 through April 15.

Ruthie Akuchie
29 Days of Inspirational Black Females This is a collection of 29 portraits of inspirational Black female leaders, created by artist Ruthie Akuchie. During Black History month, February 2017, Ruthie painted a portrait a day (+one) of the remarkable women who have inspired her in her life. She is a 2007 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, and an instructor at the Mansfield Art Center who teaches portrait painting. (Read more about Ruthie from our blog post, Instructor Spotlight: Get to Know Our New & Existing Instructors.) This amazing Pop-Up Exhibition of Painting and Mixed Media is sponsored with support from Richland County Foundation and Ohio Arts Council. Please join us this Sunday, March 5 for Artist’s Reception from 3 – 5 p.m. This exhibition will display on the first floor and around the Mansfield Art Center through April 16.