Art Center Ukiah features new shows 

almost every month.

Please go to our EVENTS page to see what is coming up next. 

Art Center Ukiah is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers.
 
Corner Gallery Ukiah is an artist cooperative that partners with ACU, in a shared space in a beautiful historic building in downtown Ukiah Californa. Together they provide public art shows that are enjoyed by the local community, as well as drawing visitors from the outside areas to see the exhibits. 
 
We wish to thank our Supporters for their active engagement in our work to make local art accessible to the community.
 
HOURS:
The gallery is open Tue - Sat
11 am to 5 pm,
closed Sunday and Monday.
 
QUESTIONS? Call (707) 462-1400
e-mail
artcenterukiah@att.net
 
Your donations and contributions 
to Art Center Ukiah are greatly appreciated. 
ACU is 501c3 non-profit organization.
Donations tax deductible
EIN#20-2747752

Calls for Entry for ACU shows Jan - Dec 2020 

 

 

January- GREAT ESCAPES (benefit for the Bahamas) 

 

When the mercury drops and the north wind blows through our PolarFleece, we winter-weary folk indulge in dreams of an exotic tropical paradise where it never freezes. What is your vision of the perfect winter getaway? We are looking for works in all media, both two and three-dimensional. Any work that is donated will be included in a silent auction to benefit the recovery effort of the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Thursday January 2. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of December for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

 

The First Friday show opening is January 3 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, February 4. 

 

 

 

February- Quick Draw III 

 

If you are a figurative artist and would like to participate in the annual Quick Draw demonstration, please email Jacquie at jlolich@pacific.net by the middle of January. Participation in this event will be by invitation only. Live models will be drawn by the selected artists, while gallery visitors look on and admire the process. Wall art created by the participating artists will be on display throughout the month, as well as drawings they create during the event. 

 

The First Friday live event is February 7 from 5-8pm. 

 

 

 

March- Artist in Residence

 

“Michael James: The Artist is Working”

It is with great pleasure I can announce that I have been selected to be the inaugural "Artist in Residence" at the non-profit Art Center Ukiah. The name of project is “Michael James: The Artist is Working”. I will be using their space to produce two large scale works, one entitled "The Modern Family" and another to be called "Judge and Jury" where patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to "Be My Assistant" and paint too! I will be there from the 1st of March, 2020 until the 31st, and the artist's reception is Friday, March 6th from 5pm to 8pm. Please join us for some wine and interesting conversation at the art center located on 201 S State St. Ukiah, CA.

 

 

April- Our Precious Planet 

 

In honor of Earth Day in April, we invite artists to create pieces in all media that relate to our environment, global warming, and/or the immense beauty of our planet. Both two and three-dimensional entries are welcome. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday April 1. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of March for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

 

The First Friday show opening is April 3 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, April 28. 

 

 

May- High School Photography show 

 

This one speaks for itself and will be curated by high school photography instructors. Entries are restricted to high school photography students. 

The First Friday show opening is May 1 from 5-8pm. 

 

 

June- Animalia 

 

Human beings have always had a close and deeply emotional relationship with other members of the animal kingdom. Here is an opportunity to portray your furry, feathered or scaly animal friends in whatever medium you choose. Real or imagined, picture-perfect or not quite so photogenic, let's see what makes you adore your favorite animal. Both two and three-dimensional works are encouraged. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday June 3. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of May for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

 

The First Friday show opening is June 5 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, June 30. 

 

 

July- Portraits 

 

The expressions on our faces are the first impression we make on other people, and our eyes are believed to be windows to our souls. Artists have always been fascinated with human portraiture, depicting everyone from deities, royalty and politicians to family members, working 

folk and the down-and-out... from all cultures around the globe. Here is your chance to show us what you see in another... a famous, political, iconic or completely random individual. All media are encouraged, both two and three-dimensional. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday July 1st. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of June for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

 

The First Friday show opening is July 3 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, July 28. 

 

 

August- Reflections 

 

The emphasis of this show will be on glass art, but there is also plenty of room for two-dimensional wall pieces that embody or depict the magical play of light on glass, water or any other reflective medium. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday August 5th. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of July for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

The First Friday show opening is August 7 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, September 1. 

 

 

September- Wish Wonder and Surprise 

 

Inspired by the natural force and beauty of nature and brought alive by imagination, seven artists will exhibit their visionary works of art. The exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings, mixed media images and whimsical ceramic sculptures.

This will be a first exhibit for several of

our talented local young artists. 

This show will be by invitation only - there will be no public call for entry. 

 

The First Friday show opening is September 4 from 5-8pm.. 

 

 

October- Pieces 

 

We are looking for art in any medium that makes a statement with little pieces arranged and connected to make complete works... mosaics, quilts, collages or assemblage. Both two and three-dimensional work will be accepted. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday September 30th. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of September for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

 

The First Friday show opening is October 2nd from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, November 3rd. 

 

 

November- Wild and Wooly 

 

This show will focus exclusively on art made from wool, preferably locally produced wool. Over the years we in Mendocino County have enjoyed many demonstrations of sheep shearing and yarn spinning, but we have not had so many opportunities to explore and display the multiple art forms that can incorporate wool... felting, weaving, basket making and quilting to name a few. And now we have the additional bonus of the Mendocino Wool and Fiber mill right here in Ukiah... so let's celebrate them and their beautiful products. Use your imagination and skill to create art of any size and dimension. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $25 fee for the first entry, $10 for each subsequent entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday November 4th. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of October for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. 

The First Friday show opening is November 6th from 5-8pm. 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, December 1st. 

 

 

 

December- Little Miracles and Tiny Treasures 

 

The best things sometimes come in small packages. And small packages are perfect for holiday gift giving. Everything on display this month will be part of our Holiday Market, so we are looking for small, affordable pieces of magic to create a lavish display of jewelry, woodcraft, scarves, 

woven articles, whimsical ornaments, glassware, ceramics and small paintings to delight the shoppers and make them glad they stayed in Ukiah to make their purchases. 

 

Open to all Mendocino and Lake County residents, $10 fee for the first single-item entry, $5 for each subsequent single-item entry, with checks made out to Art Center Ukiah. For jewelry and very small pieces: multiple items may be displayed for a $25 entry fee on a board or frame that is a maximum of 16" x 24", ready for hanging. Larger displays will be charged as multiple entries. Artists can supply their own display, or contact the gallery to borrow a framed piece of foam core. There is also the possibility of reserving a shelf in our jewelry case for $25 per shelf (gallery phone 462-1400). 

 

Completed entry forms and all ready-to-hang work (NO sawtooth hangers) must be delivered for jurying to the Corner Gallery (201 S State St in Ukiah) no later than noon on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Artists are encouraged to email photos of their submissions to acuentries@yahoo.com by the middle of November for possible inclusion in the publicity for the show. A refund will be given to the artist for any work not accepted in the show. The First Friday show opening is December 4 from 5-8pm. 

 

All unsold work must be picked up from the gallery at the end of the show on Tuesday, December 29 2020 or 

Tuesday January 5, 2021

 

 

Art Event March 2020 Art Center Ukiah 201 S. State St. Ukiah. 

“Michael James: The Artist is Working” 

Art Center Ukiah will host opening reception Friday March 6th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the newly developed

“Artist in Residence” program. Michael James a local street artist will set up an open studio with mural canvases for the month of March. Community and local students will have the opportunity to see an artist develop new works, discuss his processes and thoughts. Additionally there will be an active participation aspect where visitors may help paint one of the large-scale works as part of his “Be My Assistant” undertaking. 

Michael James was born in Southampton, New York. He studied figurative painting art at Universidad Catolica De Chile School of Art in Santiago, Chile. He received his Bachelor of Science and MBA at California Coast University, and post graduate work in humanities and business at Harvard University/Harvard University Extension.

His first exhibit was at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. Other exhibits include galleries in Riverhead, NY, Santiago and La Serena, Chile and numerous galleries in the United States.

His commissioned murals are still on display at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms, California. He currently lives and works in Southern and Northern California. 

For complete “The Artist is Working” open studio days and hours please contact

Corner Gallery Ukiah at 462-1400 or visit cornergallleryukiah.com 

“Artist in Resident” Open Studio is made possible by support from Sherwood Valley Casino; Imagine This, Michael’s and Art Center Ukiah. 

 

Michael James Artist Statement 

“Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job.” (Andy Warhol) 

 

Jeff Koons once said "The job of the artist is to make a gesture and really show people what their potential is.

It's not about the object, and it's not about the image; it's about the viewer. That's where the art happens", and that is what we hope to accomplish here for my residency; "The Artist is Working". Artists' residencies provide dedicated time and space for creative work. At the Arts Center Ukiah, I am looking for a community of local artists in which to work and be supported in the creation of my new art. This residency, the first of its kind in Ukiah, CA, will be unique as it will not only give the public at large the opportunity to see my process and share ideas,

it will also allow them to "Be My Assistant" if they so choose to do so, because after all,

art is hard work and I can use all the help I can get. 

I am a populist. I look for the beauty of others while embracing the diversity of our world, even if that means I have to lose some notion of control. I want to explore the aesthetic mood of this generation by placing my work in relationship with one another, allowing the tensions between the pieces to define the exhibition space, engaging with and displaying the process of production of the artwork as much as its final results. In an age of Instagram and Facebook, Snapchat and filtered selfies, where does the artist with brush, paint and canvas find their place? How does the newly minted artist compete in a world where studios are more factories filled with paid assistants and work is "digitally enhanced"? Thus, one of the works that we will be developed during the residency will have audience participation.

A combination of style and stroke(s). A free and radical exploration that will depend on

collaboration for its ultimate success or failure.

updated Mar 2020