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

Current Exhibits:

Artist Trees: November 24 - December 22

The Parkersburg Art Center’s Annual Artist Tree Display will kick off during our Holiday Open House/Artist Market on Small Business Saturday.

Ever wonder how Klee, Calder or Picasso would have decorated their Christmas tree? We did!  Local artists and school groups come together each year to imagine what this classic holiday decor would have looked like in the hands of famous (or not so famous) artists.  

This is a community celebration of art and creativity. Bring some change and vote for your favorites! These fabulous trees will remain on display until December 22. Artist Trees 2018 is made possible by our friends at Family Carpet.

6x6 Show: November 16 - December 22, 2018

  • Members and Artists Opening: Friday, November 16th. 
    Sale starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m..
    Each member and artist may bring guests.
    General community sale starts Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Free admission.)  Art will remain on sale during regular Art Center hours through December 22.

This event is the Parkersburg Art Center’s fundraiser where we display well over 1,000 original small works of art, 2D or 3D, any medium, all on a 6" X 6" base. All will be for sale for $20. We will also sell beautiful frames and 6x6 boxes of edible goodies to enjoy then or during Thanksgiving.  The 6x6's will remain on display and for sale until Christmas.

You may preview the artwork beginning Tuesday, November 6th during regular business hours.

Past Exhibits:

Allied artists of WV Juried Exhibit: October 14 - November 10, 2018

The Allied Artists of West Virginia have been in operation since 1935. Their mission is to encourage, nurture and present the work of West Virginia artists to the community. Jury sessions are held twice a year in the spring and fall. Applicants must be 18 and a resident of West Virginia.
This exhibit is their 71st Juried event. Congratulations to the Allied Artists of WV, who have consistently fostered excellence in West Virginian art for many years!

This exhibit was sponsored by our friends at Wesbanco! THANK YOU!

Images left to right: “Mountain Laurel” by Jerre Watkins, "Eagle Over Kanawha Valley" by Henry Riffe, "Summer Charm" by Stella Jarrett, "Mission Arches"  photograph by Laura Moul

Judith Saunders: September 7 - October 5, 2018

While traditional basketry techniques are used in Judith's art pieces, the results are far from traditional. Her vessels are intended to be more sculptural than functional. Judith Saunders has been weaving three-dimensional forms with copper and hand-painted papers for more than thirty years. Her plaited forms can be seen in the book Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe and Jim Widess. Judith's second home on Ocracoke Island, NC provides the inspiration for her more organic pieces, the "Shell Basket" series, that always starts with an Ocracoke shell each providing a new design challenge.

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"The River 2018": July 22 - August 25, 2018

"The River" is PAC's biennial juried exhibit, featuring 92 works chosen by juror Gary Pettigrew from a record 186 submissions, all by professional and semi-professional artists from WV and Ohio.  This year, the top prize is $1,000 for Best in Show, with prizes in 2D, 3D and some special awards. "The River" is made possible by support from United Bank and WVU Medicine/Camden Clark Medical Center, with additional prize support from Nationwide Heirship Research and the Tellus Consulting Group.

Paintings, photographs, sculptures, collages and mixed media pieces - it's all here.  Don't miss "The River," an exhibit that only rolls around every other year.

To view the list of featured artists click The River page.  

"Aqueous 2018": June 3 - July 7, 2018

"Aqueous 2018"  the West Virginia Watercolor Society's National Juried Exhibition.  Artists from seven states have brought their best work in this most exacting of mediums: watercolors.  Juror Ron Thurston, signature member of the American Watercolor Society, chose the 39 best pieces to be put on display at the Art Center through July 7.  Don't miss this show!

As a special treat for guests at the June 3 opening, members of the Ki No Kaze group—WV's only Bonsai Club— will be displaying samples of their delicate art form.  Sunday only, the Tanner Boll Gallery will be alive with the beauty of Bonsai! 

Images left to right: "Mosaic Blast"  by Rita Montrosse, "Daddy" by Jeannine Swartz, "Gliding Past the Wreckage"  by Michael Jacques

“Windows of Opportunity”: April 15 - May 13, 2018

"Windows of Opportunity" are works created by the Marble Tree artists, a division of SW Resources.  “Marble Tree” is the artistic division of SW Resources, and is a way for SW clients to express themselves in a creative and productive manner.  Each Marble Tree mosaic is meticulously hand-crafted with thousands of pieces of recycled magazines.  Each piece is colorful, unique and beautiful.
Along with the mosaics, the Marble Tree artists—Linda Alexander, Forest Ash, Charlenne Dawson, Jenny Ferruso, Kristi Garrison and Colin Kelley—are displaying their takes on recycled windows removed from older homes in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  The windows are hand-painted, using transparent glass inks, and are as colorful and unique as the mosaics.

Jesse Thornton Photography: February 16 - March 26

Jesse Thornton’s specialty is taking pictures in near or complete darkness. It is occasionally moody, and makes you think you are looking at a painting instead of a photograph.  Born in Point Pleasant, and now a Huntington resident, Thornton describes himself as "an explorer, student of the Sciences, and a dreamer.”  His concern over the current degree of light pollution in our night skies is reflected in his works.

“I’m fortunate to live in a state where nearly complete darkness can be found; where the Milky Way is still visible from horizon to horizon.  West Virginia is one of the last places in the East Coast where this is possible. The starry sky has inspired humankind throughout history, to advance us culturally and scientifically. It’s given us perspective on our place in the universe and allowed us to dream bigger.  I feel an obligation to document what we are losing, because so few people are aware of the light pollution issue.” --Jesse Thornton

Images by Jesse Thornton from left to right:  Huntington Noire and River of Dreams