Accepting Entries for 2017 Showcase

 THE 4th CARNEGIE-MISTLIN ART SHOW TAKING ENTRIES Entries are now being accepted for the fourth annual Central California Art Showcase exhibition taking place this spring at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto.  The juried exhibition is a unique collaboration between the region’s two premier visual arts galleries celebrating regional […]

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Valley Grown: A New Exhibition

The Carnegie Arts Center is excited to present the exhibition Valley Grown in the Ferrari Gallery from February 1 through March 26, 2017.

In a series of annual exhibitions the Carnegie Arts Center has featured the work of established, late-career artists from the Central Valley. These shows have explored the works of individual artists, highlighting creativity and talent that has reached well beyond this region. In 2017 the Carnegie focusses attention on a younger generation of artists, and specifically those whose careers have a starting point in Stanislaus County. For this exhibition the Gallery Committee selected three artists with roots in the Central Valley: Jody Sears Barbuta, Alexander Cheves and John Karl Claes. All made their mark first while students at California State University, Stanislaus; all have gone on to have impressive professional careers.

Links between these three artists may not at first be apparent. Their unique talents are admirable and their works are highly personal. However, in much of their work each continues to explore visual and thematic elements that may be seen as part of their Central Valley experience – the agricultural landscape, an interest in our changing environment, a “small town” or rural American perspective. Connections can also be found in their love of technique, each one highly individual in approach but (as many would point out) stemming from their experience as students in the CSUS Art Department.

RECEPTION: The Carnegie will host a reception for the artists on Thursday, February 9, from 6-8 p.m. as part of the quarterly Art Around Town downtown art walk. Open to the public.

 DATES OF EXHIBITION: February 1 – March 26, 2017

HOURS AND ADMISSION: The Carnegie is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission to the exhibition is $5 general admission, $3 students & seniors, free to Carnegie members and children 12 and under.

Artist bios appear at the end of this post. Enjoy!


Jody Sears Barbuta: Born in Redlands, Jody began her studies in biology and art in southern California before transferring to attend CSU Stanislaus. She completed her BA in Fine Arts in 1994 and had works included in regional exhibitions (including the Carnegie Arts Center’s annual Spring Juried Art Show) as a student. She relocated to New York for graduate studies at the New York Academy of Fine Arts where she received her MFA in 1996. She spent time as a studio assistant to artist Jeff Koons in New York before spending a year in Carrara, Italy, working in the studio of sculptor Manuel Neri.  Since returning to California in 2000 she has taught courses at UC Berkeley, Idyllwild School of Art, Pacific Union College, and Folsom Lake College.  Jody had two solo exhibitions in New York, and her work has been featured in several gallery exhibitions in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento and Davis, as well as five annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibitions since 2009.  She currently lives in Sacramento with her husband and two children.

Alexander Cheves: Growing up in the Central Valley (Modesto, Turlock and Ceres), Alexander made the choice to attend CSU Stanislaus as an art major, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 1993. He attended graduate school at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, where he completed his MFA in 1996. As a student, his work was included in juried and group exhibitions in Turlock (Carnegie Arts Center), Modesto (Gallo Winery) and Philadelphia. As both a painter and a sculptor, Alexander has been featured in group shows throughout the Bay Area since 2001, as well as in London, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, and Portland, Maine.  His solo exhibition, Farms, Barns and the Ranch House, was on view at the Carnegie Arts Center in 2000, and was also shown at The Project Room Gallery in Philadelphia. Several solo exhibitions of Alexander’s work have been seen at galleries in San Francisco and Oakland over the past 15 years.  He currently lives and maintains a studio in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

John Karl Claes: Born and raised in Turlock, John began painting in high school and went on to complete his BA in Fine Arts at CSU Stanislaus in 1993. He relocated to North Carolina to pursue graduate studies, completing an MFA in 1995 at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Since returning to central California in 1996 he has won numerous awards including Best of Show and First Place in several regional juried exhibitions, including Yosemite Renaissance. John’s work has been in group exhibitions throughout northern and central California, and has been seen at galleries in in Colorado, Arizona and New York.  Solo shows have been presented at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center and First Street Gallery, Modesto’s Central California Art Association Gallery, Sonora’s Vault Gallery, Sacramento’s Elliott Fouts Gallery, and most recently at Aerena Galleries in Healdsburg, California. John lives with his wife and two sons in Turlock where he also maintains his studio.




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2016 in Review

The Carnegie Arts Center continues to expand its reach and fulfill its mission to provide a venue where the arts can thrive. Exhibitions and programs attract wide-ranging audiences, including regional artists, college students, art lovers from Sacramento to Fresno, and school children from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties. The Calendar of Events continues to expanded with an almost exhausting number of  educational and entertaining activities at the Carnegie.

Our Centennial Celebration throughout the year was fabulous! The Centennial  Committee developed a wonderful slate of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the original Carnegie building. Four “pop-up” exhibits in the Gemperle Gallery, four popular free community-wide events, a new member drive, an Endowment Fund campaign, a special presentation by the US Poet Laureate, and a blockbuster exhibition of children’s book illustration art all combined to highlight the Carnegie’s history as a library, youth center, art gallery and ever-present community resource.

Our visitors and community members continue to tell us that the Carnegie represents the very best of Turlock and serves as a model for other communities.  We couldn’t agree more! Enjoy these images from the past year; we look forward to what 2017 will bring.

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

Lisa McDermott, Director

Lauris Conrad, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Megan Hennes, Membership & Public Programs Coordinator

Mallorie Fenrich & Carol Perry, Weekend Supervisors

Maggie Gonzalez & Nic Webber, Exhibitions Staff



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Centennial Membership Drive

  Our Centennial Membership Drive will be drawing to a close at the end of 2016. We are just a few  members shy of our goal for the Centennial Year. The special Centennial Friend membership price of $100 for a one-year membership will be gone after the first of the year, so don’t wait to […]

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Joe Cepeda: Book Fair Highlight

The Carnegie’s weekend book fair is coming up on November 5-6, 2016!  Authors will be making presentations throughout both days. Our Keynote Speaker, Los Angeles-based illustrator/author Joe Cepeda will make a presentation on Sunday, November 6th, at 3 p.m.  He is the illustrator of award-winning picture books What a Truly Cool World, Nappy Hair, Mice and Beans, and The Swing, which […]

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Children’s Book Fair

November 5-6, 2016                           Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contemporary authors and illustrators from throughout Northern and Central California will be on hand to promote their books for children and young adults at the Carnegie’s weekend Book Fair. Readers of all ages will enjoy meeting the authors, learning about their techniques, […]

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