Sweetwater Center for the Arts' permanent collection started with generous donations by regional artists and collectors over 10 years ago. Through the years, Sweetwater's permanent collection has grown to include works from regional as well as national artists in a variety of media, with a focus on paintings and drawings. A large majority of the works in our collection were included in Sweetwater gallery exhibitions prior to acquisition.
Sweetwater has recently expanded our acquisition program to include purchase awards. We are excited by this new development, as it will allow us to not only better direct the collection, but offer more rewards to our exhibiting artists.
Artists included in Sweetwater's Permanent Collection: Leslie Ansley, Aaron M Brown, Derrick Burbel, Joseph C. Cirelli, Michael Crease, Sue Eddy, Keith Ellis, Jeff Falk, Bill Feduska, Mark Gualtieri, Trevor John Herceg, Sisavanh Houghton, Catherine Kelly, Nadya Lapets, Tybre Newcomer, Norma Nieto, Ronald Nigro, Katy Peace, Aysha Peltz, Joyce Werwie Perry, Deborah Priore, Mabi Ponce De Leon, Anne Roecklein, Shana Salaff, Cassie Staub, Maggie Sullivan, Dr. Clarence Talley, Sr., Richard V. Thompson, & Shawn Watrous.
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.
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.