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Artist Talk: Michael Nicholas Paras

On Wednesday, April 24, artist Michael Nicholas Paras will visit the Art Center to discuss his series First Hoops, parts of which are currently on view in the Art Center’s Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I.

Michael Nicholas Paras is an avid basketball fan and amateur player. Since 1986, Paras has photographed basketball hoops of all kinds and in varying degrees of repair on urban playgrounds, rural barn facades, suburban driveways, and elsewhere. His First Hoops, series documents the basketball hoops Hall of Famers used when they first played the game.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for tickets.

Members Opportunity to Exhibit

Members Opportunity to Exhibit
Deadline for Entry: May 6

The Members Committee is pleased to announce that all members have an opportunity to exhibit in the Art Center’s community galleries this year. Members seeking to exhibit their works in any medium may submit a proposal for a solo or group exhibition of member artists. All proposals received by Monday, May 6, will be considered for the 2019–2020 exhibition season, and those selected with be shown in either the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II or Ann’s Place Gallery. The exhibition season runs from September 2019 to August 2020.

There is no entry fee and the exhibit proposer will be responsible for the collection and dispersal of artworks within allocated time frames; the cost of printing show cards, if desired; and food and beverage at the opening, if desired. Art Center staff will provide the installation space, and along with member volunteers, assist in hanging the artwork, as well as working with the organizer on an opening and publicity for the exhibition. The exhibition will need to include works to fill the exhibition space (84 linear ft in Robinson Strolling Gallery II, 43 linear ft in Ann’s Place Gallery) and 2D works must be ready to hang with appropriate wire or fixtures for hanging. Proposed exhibitions can be one-person, two-person, or group shows and all works must be family-friendly and appropriate for a general audience. Any questions can be sent to Melanie Cohn at with “ATTN Members Committee” in the subject line. All applicants will be notified by June 30 of the Members Committee’s selections.

To submit a proposal send:

  • 10 images (jpg or pdf) representative of the work to be shown with an identifying list that includes the artist name, title, year created, size, and media of each artwork.
  • Contact information, including name, email, and phone number of person proposing the exhibition.
  • A description of the exhibition, including exhibition title, names of participating artist(s), and the concepts or themes that will be explored.
  • A short bio for each participating artist.

Only one proposal is required for group exhibitions. Send the complete proposal via email to Melanie Cohn at with “Proposal for Members Committee” in the subject line. Incomplete proposals will NOT be considered.

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Spring Break Art Camp 2019


Join us for Spring Break Art Camp the week of April 15! This week of camp will feature 2D and 3D artmaking, using a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and/or mixed media. At the Art Center, kids and tweens will learn from our talented teaching artists, make amazing projects, and meet new friends in the studio. This camp is for kids ages 5–9 and tweens ages 10–12, and campers will be divided into groups by age. Children must bring their own lunch and a snack to camp, as food is not available. Tuition: member $365, non-member $395

Daily Camp Schedule
8–9:45 AM                Extended Care (optional, see below)
9:45–10 AM              Check-In
10–11:30 AM            Morning Art Session
11:30 AM–12 PM      Lunch (brought from home)
12–1:15 PM               Afternoon Art Session
1:15–1:30 PM            Snack (brought from home)
1:30–3 PM                 Afternoon Art Session
3–3:15 PM                 Pick-Up
3:30–5:30 PM            Extended Care (optional, see below)

Optional Extended Care
We offer early drop-off starting at 8 AM, and late pick-up until 5:30 PM.
The following options are available as add-on items during checkout:
$25 for drop-off OR pick-up per day
$100 for a full week of drop-off OR pick-up
$175 for a full week of drop-off AND pick-up

Spring Open House


Join us on Sunday, March 10, from 11 AM–3 PM, as the Art Center welcomes spring! At our Spring Open House, we’re featuring new, creative art classes for kids, teens, and adults through demos and hands-on projects. Meet our faculty, see them teach, and roll up your sleeves and try your hand at a project. Demos and workshops will be occurring all day, so drop-in whenever your schedule allows. Get inspired to register for a Spring Semester class, and take advantage of our early bird discount!

Featured Drop-in Demos & Hands-on Projects  including:

All demonstrations and projects are free and no registration is required.