Summer 2016 Exhibitions!

All exhibitions are on view Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00-5:00 ($2 non-PAC member admission.)  Admission to opening receptions is $10 for non-members and Free for Members. 


June 26 - August 6, 2016

The River Biennial Juried Exhibition. Opening June 26, from 1-3:00pm.   Professional artists from all over West Virginia and Ohio were invited to submit up to fives samples of their work.  Jurors MARILYN HUGHEY PHILLIS and GARY PETTIGREW chose a show of 97 works in both two- and three-dimensions. From collage to clay, from painting to print-making, the resulting show features a welcome variety of media, methods, concepts, and outlooks. 

Showing our work is at least a part of what we do as artists….what can be called the community exchange. If you have something to say, you don’t want it to be said only in the privacy of your workspace; you want some kind of feedback. So I say congratulations to all those who put their work into competition for a place to be seen." –Gary Pettigrew, artist and retired head of the Ohio University Fine Art Department

The The River 16 Catalog can be viewed here.

August 19 - September 17, 2016

RESolve Studios ( Geoff Schenkel & Company). Main, Boll and Mess Galleries. Join us Friday for the opening at 5:30- 7:30!

Building Bridges 2 Careers, Harmar Elementary School, Marietta Middle School and The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, are working with the 5 artists of REsolve Studios to fill over 5000 sq. ft. of museum space at the Parkersburg Art Center, with a variety of imaginative interpretations of a clubhouse.

A giant blanket fort made of meaningful fabric scraps, significant to the ups and downs of everyday life we all experience, along with a bazillion pillows with which participants can playfully imagine their own pillow forts, turning the triumphs and tragedies of our past into a new way of being.
A sitting room that becomes an energetic dance/music/performance stage, transforms experience from that which passively stays at rest sitting into art that floats and flies through the air. A study or reading room on a tree stand, a platform set within tree branches flowing into building block structures becoming abandoned, quarry-like (a bit like an old mine shaft or rocky, stacked mountainous) structures.
An empty lot or abandoned family farm grows to become a Tin Forest, butterfly garden of scrap.
An art studio where designs on a 2 dimensional page lift off the drawing board,  becomes art that extends off the wall inviting viewers to step inside.

Amy Johnson Assemblies will also be featured

October 7 - November 4

"In the Details"  A celebration of Realism, with West Virginia artist Tom Acosta, Pete Ballard, and WV native Ward H. Nichols.  All three of these painters are well-known for taking the "real" and making it "real-er."

November 18 - December 31, 2016

"Turn, Turn, Turn" Regional wood-working at its finest

"Your Best Shot IV" Photography by members of the Mid-Ohio Valley camera clubs.

November 20 - December 30

Women of Appalachia VII. Call for entries due September 25

The mission of the WOA events is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to this region as a source of inspiration with the intention that this gathering of artwork and spoken word will prove to be greater than the sum of its parts as visual and verbal themes emerge through the intertwining of the artwork and language. Hopefully, this confluence of ideas and inspirations will empower other regional female artists and the surrounding community so that they might continue the narrative.


November 26- 31

"Artist Inspired Trees 16" What if Picasso HAD trimmed a Christmas Tree? Bet it would be interesting to look at.  Volunteer area artists of all ages get together each year to make this one of the Art Center's best-loved annual exhibits.  Each team chooses a famous artist and re-interprets one of their works as a Christmas tree. The results can be beautiful, funny, just plain bizarre....and sometimes all of the above.  It's painless and fun art history for all ages.


The Clubhouse plans by Geoff Schenkel and Company

The Clubhouse plans by Geoff Schenkel and Company

Geoff and Company builds the fort!

Tom Acosta realism artist.

"The Road Not Revealed" sepia print by Robert Klovis