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. Wednesdays are FREE!
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 - October 6, 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.
Treasures on the Mezz: "A Life's Work"
Mixed Media by Amy Wren Johnson, October 1, 1959 – January 3, 2016. Amy was a 1976 graduate of Parkersburg High School, and studied pottery under Henry Aglio at Parkersburg Community College. She was an artist of many mediums, and excelled in pottery, photography, jewelry making, and mixed media. Her award-winning work was featured in local and regional shows. Friends treasured her handmade gifts, and she made fans all over the world who purchased her work through Etsy. She was a great admirer of Geoff Schenkel and his work, and was very much looking forward to being a part of his show. She had a new body of work planned, but this show has become a retrospective of her life’s creations.
October 7 - November 4,2016
"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. Regional wood-working, curated by Henry Aglio.
"Your Best Shot IV" Photography by members of the Mid-Ohio Valley camera clubs PLUS .....Women of Appalachia.
This year’s exhibits and presentations will be held in five venues throughout Ohio and West Virginia. Women 15 years and older, living in any of the many Appalachian counties, are invited to submit their work for jury. Past events have highlighted the work of visual and spoken word artists, from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
The mission of WOAP is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her – represented by visual interpretation through fine art and spoken word art, “Women Speak,” an evening of poetry, story and song.
November 20 - December 30, 2016
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.
Join us this afternoon in all Galleries for Holiday Open House/Shop Small Saturday and Kid's workshops!
November 26- December 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.
January: Closed for Repairs and Preparations for New Year Exhibitions
March 3 - March 31, 2017
All Galleries: WVAEA (WV Arts Educators "ArtsAlive") PLUS
"Eggshibit: 48 Ostrich Eggs"Ohio artists, curated by Chuck Bluestone
April 14 - May 13, 2017
Works in all mediums by PHS Graduates from all over the country, curated by Ken Gilbert
June 2 - July 7, 2017
All Galleries: "Moving Out" works on canvas by Gary Pettigrew.
"Value Added Reality" mixed media by Chris Dutch & Robin Hammer.
July 21 - August 27, 2017
All Galleries: "PAC's Regional Goes to the Dogs" Works by artist who live within 100 miles of Parkersburg, WV.
"Art Made by Dogs" works for sale to benefit PAC & Humane Society, plus sales of photos taken during dog painting sessions.