Past Exhibitions

Sweetwater Center for the Arts has offered exhibitions to artists and viewers for over 35 years. Our gallery program has developed to include both curated and juried exhibitions that focus on contemporary art concepts, solo exhibition opportunities for regional artists, as well as community based exhibitions that offer a platform for our students, instructors and partners.

First Avenue Part 1 Circa 1930

Painting With Fabrics Solo Exhibition of Works by Don ‘DonCee’ Coulter

September 22, 2017 - November 4, 2017

Sweetwater is excited to celebrate our annual MAVUNO Festival with an outstanding solo exhibition by the Columbus, OH artist Don ‘DonCee’ Coulter. When you think of the composition of a piece of art, you may expect it to be made …

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Mother: Migrant and Refugee by Alan Byrne

Turning Red

June 10, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Turning Red Art, at least how we perceive and understand it in terms of modern and contemporary art history, is political. Even when the subject matter is not clearly related to politics, an artwork is reflective of the political context …

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Oil Dispensers by Scott Cornish

Thrown & Altered

April 21, 2017 - May 26, 2017

Since the 1950’s ceramic artists have been intentionally manipulating thrown work for reasons beyond the utility of adding a handle or pinching a spout. As mass production overwhelmed craft, the tradition of thrown functional pottery found new purpose in a …

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Spark by Scott Hunter


January 21, 2017 - February 25, 2017

The birth of Abstraction in art cannot be pinpointed to a single instance and really it is something that was born of the complexity and realities of the early modern western world. During the last decade of the 19th century, …

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HOPE Lives On: Artwork from the Highmark Caring Place

March 11, 2017 - April 8, 2017

This unique art exhibit will feature artwork from the Highmark Caring Place: A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families. When a child experiences the death of someone they love, the impact can be devastating and long lasting. The …

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Compression Trigger by Marchelle Simms

ReMIX: The Art Of Reuse

August 20, 2016 - September 16, 2016

In today’s culture of abundance we are plagued with left overs and waste. As a society we create more garbage than any generation before us. And the question nags, what shall we do with all that stuff? ReMIX is an …

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Mommy It's a Mess by Martyna Matusiak

Standing in No Place: A New Landscape of Motherhood

June 18, 2016 - August 3, 2016

Join us to explore the work of Martyna Matusiak as she navigates her roles as artist and mother. Combining drawing and printmaking to create large installations of small works, she uses repetition, variation and sequencing to blur the notion of …

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Portal No. 2 by Louise Silk

Interwoven States

April 8, 2016 - June 10, 2016

Fiber art practices have a regional historical significance within our local craft history. In today’s contemporary technologically fueled world, textile artists are finding new ways to work with traditional materials, creating a dialog with the past and reflecting the significance …

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Untitled (The Collapse) by Michael Willett

Poetic Logic: Collage and Assemblage

January 16, 2016 - February 26, 2016

In the early 20th century, with the advent of mass production of materials and media, artists like Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Kurt Schwitters began developing collage as a way of reappropriating and repurposing materials and images to imbue their …

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'Maintaining Composure' Sculpture by Amy Short

Student/Instructor Exhibition

January 20, 2018 - February 23, 2018

Biennially Sweetwater reserves its gallery to showcase the rich talent of its students and its instructors. Sweetwater offers more than 500 classes annually, taught by artists and educators with outstanding qualifications in a wide variety of media. We invite all …

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Call For Artists

Sweetwater Center for the Arts hosts a variety of juried and curated exhibitions in its gallery each season. We are committed to offering opportunities to regional, national, emerging, and accomplished artists. Annual opportunities include a solo exhibition for regional artists, an exhibition coinciding with our MAVUNO Festival of African American culture and participation in Holiday mART, our annual sale of handmade gifts.

Sweetwater’s gallery is located on the mezzanine level of Sweetwater’s Community Room with wood floors and natural lighting. The gallery has about 85 feet of wall space and has a height limitation of 7.5 feet on 2D work. Sweetwater retains 40% of gallery sales and holds the artist responsible for transport/shipment of artwork. All submission fees are non-refundable.

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When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 provides enough materials to fund a semester-long community outreach program.
$500 allows two senior citizens to take an oil painting class.
$250 provides enough clay for every student in an 8-week ceramics class.
$200 will send a child to summer camp for a week.
$100 provides the food for a culinary workshop.
$50 provides materials for two weeks of painting camps.

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