Ceramic and glass center

The Mansfield Art Center's new Ceramic and Glass Studio. (Submitted photo)

MANSFIELD -- Central Ohio Artists will kick off the 2021 Mansfield Art Center exhibition schedule with a show entitled “In Between Everywhere."

Designed to showcase the talent of 42 central Ohio artists in a variety of mediums and styles, the artists for the season were chosen for consistency of vision and quality of work, the art center announced.

“Create Ohio Strong” is the art center's theme in 2021 with a goal to feature and support as many Ohio artists as possible in these unprecedented times, according to George Whitten, executive director.

"All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors," Whitten said.

Throughout 2021, the Mansfield Art Center will once again host a variety of rich and creative visual art. One of the highlights this year will be the “Ohio Clay & Glass Invitational,” which will be for clay and glass artists in Ohio to complement the Mansfield Art Center’s new Ceramic and Glass Studio.

An exciting new endeavor for 2021 will be the addition of the new REACH Gallery, according to Whitten.

A small space gallery, the REACH Gallery will be dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local artists throughout the year who are eager to have a solo exhibition in a setting entirely dedicated to promoting art and artists.

The first exhibition will open Feb. 6 with the brilliant photography of Braxton Daniels, followed by artists Jane Johnson, E.D. Jasbeck, James Fleeson and Gibby Kain with more in-depth information to be announced.

"Our grand finale for the year will be our traditional Holiday Fair, always featuring an amazing display of beautiful fine arts, fine crafts and gifts for sale throughout the holiday shopping season," Whitten said.

The art center’s 2021 exhibition schedule:

January 24-February 28, Central Ohio Artists: “In Between Everywhere”, is designed to highlight and showcase the work of 42 central Ohio artists in a variety of mediums and styles, chosen for consistency of vision and quality of work. Curated by Adam Brouillette. Sponsored by Taylor Metal Products.

March 21-April 18, “Ohio Regional High School Exhibition” and the “2021 MAC Youth Art Show” will give our young artists in the region and locally an opportunity to receive recognition for their outstanding work in this annual competition.

May 9 - June 6, “The 76th Annual May Show” is a juried exhibition drawing extreme talent from all over the state of Ohio. A wide variety of mediums will be shown including painting, drawing, sculpture and contemporary craft. Sponsored by Mechanics Bank.

June 27 - July 25, “Authentic Surface” is an exhibition that presents the “truth of surfaces”. The work of the 11 exhibiting artists is authentic in that the artworks do not pretend to become anything more than what they are. Genuine authenticity is shown in the relationship between artistic media and the surface on which it resides. Significantly, in the process of discovering that surface, something beautiful, astonishing and lasting is created. In the Foundation Gallery will be an exhibition called “Shush” , porcelain sculpture created by artist Kimberly Chapman.

August 15 - September 12, “Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2020-2021” is a popular show that will feature over 70 artists. Their contemporary works show excellence in design and artistic expression. The beautiful paintings of the late Mike Wasemann, a Mansfield native, will be on display in our Foundation Gallery. Sponsored by Taylor Metal Products.

October 3 - October 31, “The Ohio Clay & Glass Invitational'' is a new event for the Mansfield Art Center giving a nod to our new Ceramic and Glass Studio. A call to Ohio clay and glass artists will be given to showcase their specialized works of art. Vergil Villers Sculpture exhibition will be held in the Foundation Gallery. Villers sculptures can also be seen in the permanent collection at Kingwood Gardens.

November 20 - December 31, “52nd Annual Holiday Fair” designed to showcase and support our Ohio artists and designers.. On sale will be fine art, functional craft and gifts of the season. The 2021 Holiday Fair is sponsored by Alumni Roofing.

ABOUT THE MANSFIELD ART CENTER

The mission of the Mansfield Art Center (MAC) is to make visual art impactful to the lives of all in North Central Ohio by bringing the arts to everyone through compelling exhibitions, programming, classes, workshops and creative experiences.

The Mansfield Art Center, located at 700 Marion Ave., currently has 65,000-plus members and non-members come through our doors annually. Recognizing the changing economy and the role creativity plays and the impact it has on our area's youth, we are encouraging all to embrace and create art through the classes and outreach the art center provides. Our new education wing for glass blowing and ceramics is complete and up and running. Our TYGER S.T.E.A.M.program is taking place and is creating a wonderful new dimension in art education. All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public, thanks to our sponsors. For more information visit mansfieldartcenter.org.

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