Vanitas: Contemporary Reflections
Opening Reception: July 13, 5pm
Dates: July 13 through August 25
Kimberly Riner creates mixed media ceramic installations that document the journey of loss and grief as experienced through the death of loved ones, and reflect upon the variety of effects it has upon the survivors. Each installation presents a perspective associated with grief as an intuitive response. The works are informed by cultural norms associated with mourning. By investigating specific ceremonies, rituals, and interactions, she constructs pieces that bridge the line between memory and memorial. Riner received her Masters of Fine Art from Georgia Southern University in 3D Art with an emphasis in ceramics. The artist has held faculty positions at Georgia Southern University, and Ogeechee Technical College and currently works as Visual Arts Director for the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgia. Her artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in private collections. Exhibition venues have included Mason City, IA; Atlanta, GA; North Charleston, SC; Lake City, SC; Cochran, GA; Sheffield, England, UK.
Art Educators Exhibition
Opening Reception: August 16, 5pm
Dates: August 16 through September 27
A special exhibition of artwork from Carroll County and Carrollton City art instructors. The show will reflect the talent and knowledge of artists who are helping to teach and motivate the next generation of creative minds. These teachers are vital to building a strong, continuing community that appreciates, supports and participates in the arts. Stop by and join the center as it recognizes the ongoing work and accomplishments of our local educators.
Studio Practice: UWG Faculty Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: September 6, 5pm
Dates: September 6 through October 18
This exhibition celebrates the creative work of faculty at the University of West Georgia. The faculty regularly exhibit their work nationally and internationally and welcome this opportunity to share their work with the local community. The exhibition features a diverse selection of work including painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, installation, printmaking and book arts. Exhibiting faculty include Dave Collins, Eilis Crean, James Davis, Erin Dixon, Allison Garrett, Myda Iamiceli, Alex Ingle, Perry Kirk, Ryan Lamfers, Steven Morrison, Casey McGuire, John Morris, Clint Samples, Debrah Santini, Mark Schoon, Kevin Shunn and Stephanie Smith.
Regional Student Art Exhibition for the Arts Festival of Carrollton
Exhibition DatesL October 5 through October 31
This annual exhibit showcases the incredible skills of Carroll County students of all ages. Let your children discuss and be inspired by the imaginative projects of their peers. The exhibit is a featured part of the Arts Festival of Carrollton, an event bringing together professional artists with students, visitors and the West Georgia community.
The Art of Sport
Opening Reception: October 25, 5pm
Dates: October 25 through December 7
Jason Robichau is an artist from Houston, Texas now living in Georgia. His paintings unite two of his passions: sports and art. His work has been shown at the National Art Museum of Sport, American Sports Art Museum and Archives, George Krevsky Gallery, Xanadu Gallery and Image Gallery. In 2011, Major League Baseball honored Jason by naming him the Official Artist of the All Star Game FanFest. He was commissioned by the NFL in 2015 to do the signature painting for Super Bowl 50, which was unveiled at the NFL Honors Banquet. To date he has done work for more than 13 professional sports teams and universities and his work is owned by numerous athletes and celebrities.
Opening Reception: November 8, 5pm
Dates: November 8 through December 14
Great things come in small packages! The works of this Carrollton Artists Guild collection fit within a 12x12x12 inch space and make great gifts for everyone on your holiday list. A new addition will be a special display by the Carrollton Writer’s Guild, who will present a selection of their members’ books, poems and additional writings. All purchases may be taken home immediately.
Refining the Grain: A Selection of Contemporary Works in Wood
Opening Reception: January 4, 5pm
Dates: January 4 through February 14
This group exhibition explores the versatility of wood as an artistic medium for the creation of functional and sculptural forms. Refining the Grain investigates each artist’s motivations for using the material as their medium of choice, while exposing their production processes. Discover how more traditional woodworking techniques and contemporary methods are being combined, renewed and refined by these artists to fit within their current studio practice. Featured artists include woodturner Steve Pritchard, Rough Cut Designs owner Johnny Jackson and sculptor John Lebowitz. Robert Lyon, guest scholar and distinguished professor emeritus from the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, will also be exhibiting with the group. Robert Lyon, Interiors, poplar & maple wood, pencils, erasers
Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront
Opening Reception: February 21, 5pm
Dates: February 21 through April 4
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibit presents a collection of Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers during the 1940s. These covers were inspired by life on the American homefront during World War II. Rockwell’s powerful Four Freedoms, unforgettable Rosie the Riveter, exuberant Homecoming Soldier and hapless but lovable infantryman, Willie Gillis, are among the many memorable images contained within this exhibition of original tear-sheets featuring forty-four Rockwell illustrations. Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture and social commentary.
Bloom into Spring
Opening Reception: April 11, 5pm
Dates: April 11 through May 23
The Roush Gallery welcomes back the warm weather and beautiful days of spring with a juried exhibit celebrating the season. Members of the Carrollton Artist Guild will be challenged to produce work in their own style inspired by the theme and compete with one another for awards selected by a special guest juror. You can expect lively scenes, bright flowers and maybe a few surprises as artists interpret the time for new life and outdoor adventures. The guild is comprised of artists and artisans of various media. Their goal is to network, critique, share and promote local participation in the arts, including hosting two art shows per year and helping to sponsor other events such as the Arts Festival of Carrollton and Empty Bowls.
The Accidental Beauty of Rural America by Keith May
Opening Reception: May 30, 5pm
Dates: May 9 through June 7
A 2001 assignment to photograph the changing face of rural America led Keith May down a rabbit hole of dirt roads and lost highways, east to west, on a roaring silver Harley. “Go where the wind blows you and let pictures tell the story,” became more than his editor’s vague direction. The quietly provocative scenes included in his collection, The Accidental Beauty of the Rural South prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same and the best assignments never end.
The Art of Puppet People from the Studio of Angela Beasley
Opening Reception: May 30, 5pm
Dates: May 30 through July 5
The Art of Puppetry comes alive in this special exhibit of unique puppetry created by Angela Beasley’s studio. For more than 47 years the Puppet People of Savannah Georgia have created and toured larger than life entertainment in their distinctive “glitz n’ grits” style. Audiences from all over the United States and abroad have laughed and sang along with Beasley’s signature cabaret shows for all ages. Objects on display will include shadow, marionette, hand and rod and much more, illuminating the world of puppetry. Popular cultural icons immortalized in puppetry, along with Angela’s imaginative characters from original plays and stories, will entice the young as well as the young at heart. Don’t miss the opening evening, full of activities and a unique performance of the Puppet People’s art.