Current Exhibitions

Masters of American Photography

Organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
April 8 - June 25, 2022
Sara May Love Gallery

Masters of American Photography is an exhibition curated from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, featuring photographs that represent the history of the medium from the 1880s through the 1980s. With a particular emphasis on the first decades of the twentieth century, the exhibition includes iconic images by giants in the photographic canon such as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and Paul Strand. This carefully chosen collection features an impressive range of works encompassing portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history, dramatically presenting American life during this period. The range of photographic processes represented includes silver gelatin prints, collotypes, bromide photo prints, photogravures, and dye transfer prints, demonstrating the versatility of the medium. Masters of American Photography is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Image courtesy Reading Public Museum: Walker Evans, Lunchroom Buddies, New York City, 1931, gelatin silver print, Printed in 1974, Print #11 from a portfolio of 15 photographs, Edition #71/75, From the “Walker Evans: Selected Photographs” portfolio, published by Double Elephant Press: New York, 1974 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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William McKeown: Pondering the Panhandle

April 8 – June 25, 2022
Zoe Golloway Gallery

Gadsden Arts is pleased to exhibit work by William Hugh “Bill” McKeown, a fifth-generation North Floridian who has a high regard for the people and places of this region. He lives on the farm in Quincy, Florida where he grew up, and has vivid memories of hunting, fishing, and working in the fields and barns there. From an early age, McKeown was taught to preserve and respect the land and its beauty, and this has inspired his way of seeing and depicting the world around him.

Pondering the Panhandle is an exhibition of McKeown’s paintings that explores over a decade of his work in this area. His use of realism helps the viewer to immerse themselves in the lives of residents of North Florida. His subjects are usually in the middle of an action, like pulling a net out of the water, reading a book, or gardening, in some day-to-day scene. McKeown captures landscapes that are often passed by without notice, and people going about daily chores. These unassuming scenes show off the loveliness of the artist’s surroundings with unparalleled attention to detail.

Terrie Corbett: Beyond the Familiar

March 19 - June 4, 2022
Munroe Family Community Gallery

Terrie Corbett has a passion for a unique medium called encaustic - paint produced by combining pigment with hot wax. This ages-old technique, although somewhat difficult to control, is becoming more popular today. It lends itself to luminous color that create vibrant masterpieces like those included in the exhibition, Beyond the Familiar, on display in the Munroe Family Community Gallery. 

Corbett refers to her approach to painting with encaustic as “improvisational, expressive, and intuitive. . . a visual jazz if you will. I feel that my paintings range from exuberant enthusiasm to quiet reflection.” Her compositions are sometimes filled with fluid, tranquil, organic forms, and sometimes create dynamic energy using geometric shapes. Her art offers viewers the opportunity to explore up-close the symphony of colors and unique textures produced by Corbett’s skillful knowledge of working with paint produced with cold and hot wax. This exhibition includes many paintings from her Color of Music series.

Corbett has received countless awards and solo exhibition opportunities for her work, including the first-place prize for an encaustic painting the 32nd Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art in 2020. Image: Terrie Corbett, Singing From the Windows, 2019, oil and wax, 12 x 16 inches.

Art Talk Live! with Terrie Corbett

Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00pm, on Zoom
Gadsden Arts staff and Terrie Corbett discuss her captivating encaustic paintings in her current exhibition. Terrie answered questions about her unique medium and the inspirations for her abstract compositions, most of which are from her Color of Music series. We explored the up-close symphony of colors and unique textures in Corbett’s paintings for a fascinating discussion with this skillful artist. 

Lakeside Shanty by Stephen Bennett

Gadsden Arts Artists Guild

March 19, 2022 - June 4, 2022
Bates Community Room

Enjoy the second Artists Guild 2022 exhibition, on view in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's Bates Community Room through June 4. The exhibition presents new work by Shirley Aaron, Tom Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Erin Bowen, Kathy Cody-Guastella, Kathy J. Ferrell, Sal Guastella, Susan Lester, Rob Lombardo, Mary Jane Lord, Claudia J. Maggard, Janice Ecinja McCaskill, Hui Chiu McClure, Chuck Stannard, Karen Stewart, Tom Strazulla, Jean Swearingen, Mary Liz Tippin-Moody, and Patty Vickers. The Gadsden Arts Artists Guild offers members the opportunity to participate in quality exhibitions in an art museum setting.

Artwork by Mary Proctor

Permanent Collection:
Missionary Mary Proctor

February 10 – December 12, 2022
Bates Permanent Collection Gallery

Mary Proctor: I am Just the Messenger is a two-site project organized by the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum that presents the artwork of Missionary Mary L. Proctor, a visionary artist who has been making art for the last 25 years.

This exhibition presents Proctor’s very special and rarely seen Presidents and First Ladies Series, installed at Gadsden Arts and at the Tallahassee Museum, along with her iconic doors and windows, and a variety of mixed-media art. Work for the exhibition is on loan from the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Permanent Collection, private collections, and the collection of the artist. Learn more about this exhibition and related programming here.