New Exhibition: Pacific Currents

Pacific Currents is a juried, all media exhibition that seeks to explore the variety of ways contemporary artists have been inspired or influenced by the arts of Asia. From the adoption of Japanese ceramic techniques in 17th century porcelain to the wild enthusiasm shown by Impressionist painters for Japanese woodblock prints, Western artists have long […]

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Central Valley Photo Exhibition

Call for Entries, Deadline: December 3, 2017 In a series of annual exhibitions, the Carnegie Arts Center has celebrated the variety of artistic creativity found in California’s Central Valley. This year the show will feature works by the area’s most accomplished photographers. Entries will be accepted from throughout California and the exhibition will be juried […]

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Nature, Tradition & Innovation

  Shigemasa Higashida, Waterfall Lidded Vessel, 2012, glazed stoneware, Collection of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Photo courtesy of Katie Gardner. The Carnegie Arts Center is excited to announce Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection will be opening in the Ferrari Gallery in September. The exhibition is an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary […]

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Become a Carnegie Season Sponsor

At the Carnegie Arts Center we are preparing for another exciting season of world-class exhibitions, educational programs, entertaining events, and service to the community. We invite you to join us!

We are seeking sponsors for our 2017-18 season. Included with sponsorship is advertising recognition in our printed program, On View at the Carnegie. The season program presents the exhibition schedule of international and regionally acclaimed artists along with a preview of engaging lectures, classes, concerts, films and family events planned for the season (September 2017 through August 2018). Businesses and individuals who become sponsors will be recognized as a supporter of one of this region’s most important educational and cultural assets.

Did you know?

  • Carnegie scholarships provide an 85% cost reduction for low-income students.
  • More than 3,000 school students, from schools throughout Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin CounCurtis Creek field trip in galleryties, participate in our popular Discover Art field trip program each year.
  • The School Bus Fund pays the cost of transportation for any class that requests a field trip.
  • Over 100 students, grades K-12, participate in the annual youth exhibition, Ready, Set, Show!
  • Partnerships with regional organizations such as Central West Ballet, Modesto Symphony, LightBox Theatre Company, MoSt Poetry Center, and CSU Stanislaus, allow the Carnegie to present low or no-cost performances of music, theater, dance and poetry for all ages.

 Season Sponsors help us cover costs for these important activities and more!

On View at the Carnegie 2016-17, featuring our most recent season sponsors, has already gone out to over 2,000 Carnegie visitors and serves as an informative resource all year long. Our e-newsletter is sent to more than 2,500 readers twice each month, while our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites have an additional 2,600 followers and provide a platform for ongoing sponsor recognition. Top tier sponsors ($1,000 and up) are featured on the entrance wall of the Ferrari Gallery for the entire season of exciting exhibitions. A complete list of sponsor benefits for tax-deductible donations ranging from $250 to $10,000 is available on our website, here.

The deadline to secure sponsorship is July 31, so don’t delay in getting your confirmation to us. season-sponsor-ty-box

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Scholarship Funds: Express Yourself!

The Express Yourself! Justin Ferrari Scholarship Fund is part of the Carnegie’s commitment to engage youth in the arts. This need-based scholarship supports students wishing to pursue any classes in art, dance, theater or writing at the Carnegie. With a simple application and one supporting letter from a teacher, counselor, social worker, pastor, or other […]

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Inspired Abstraction

  • A new exhibition opens at the Carnegie Arts Center this week exploring new work by three area artists. The show will remain on view through July 23, 2017.  Join us for a reception on May 11, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. 

Abstraction has been a vital component of the artist’s toolkit throughout time; it has been used to create universal understanding and to enrich the viewer’s experience.  Through the simplification, magnification, or dislocation of forms artists can retain some or reject all references to the natural world. By moving away from strictly representational modes, the artist opens the door for the viewer to explore individual interpretation, to look more closely, and to think more deeply.

This exhibition brings together three artists from the Central Valley who use abstraction in individualistic ways.  All three artists inspire emotion and retrospection through their use of color and shape, employing degrees of abstraction to force the viewer to look and think more carefully.

The less there is to look at, the more important it is that we look at it closely and carefully. This is critical to abstract art. Small differences make all the difference.

Kirk Varnedoe, Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art Since Pollock, 2006

Sharon Maney LoManto has been an artist working in a variety of modes and materials for more than 40 years. Her recent works, executed on metal using industrial paints and etched or burnished surfaces, embody abstract concepts such as unity and contemplation. These non-objective works, devoid of references to specific natural objects, are understood completely through their use of the basic elements of form, color and balance. While their modernity (emphasized in the machine-age materials and clean lines) may seem in contrast with the timeless nature of the artist’s message, ultimately the hard edges and metallic colors keep the viewer’s eyes on the surfaces of the paintings. This reinforces the focus on composition and on the ideal – or abstract – principles as opposed to a traditional representation of the world around us.lomanto, Temple-Gate

See more of Sharon’s work here.

Katherine Crinklaw begins her paintings with natural forms – lush flowers and ripening fruit – and abstracts them into simplified shapes that at times only hint at their original sources. Patterns, textures and colors become the main subject. At times the forms are magnified, out of focus or viewed from a unique perspective to help remove us from strict reality. An artist who began her career creating highly specific renderings of landscape and still life subjects, she has gradually moved in recent years toward something more essential in nature. By paring away much of the fine detail, leaving suggestions of the shapes and colors that we may identify with her natural subjects, she allows us to absorb their inherent richness without distraction.Crinklaw, Mixed Zinnias, acrylic on canvas

See more of Katherine’s work here.

Nic Webber uses the contrasts of hard and soft in his sculptures, where hard materials, such as metal and ceramics, create illusions of soft forms. In his recent series, Everything is Not Quite What it Seems, the work is purposely deceptive; utilitarian objects (pillows and teapots) that should create feelings of comfort are rendered unusable or even dangerous. Soft things are made hard and unforgiving; hard things are rendered as limp and useless. Through this abstraction, achieved by the removal of familiar objects from their natural context, the viewer experiences a sense of dislocation and uncertainty.  Assumptions about the “real” world are brought into question and we are forced to examine our thoughts and feelings. Webber, Finding its place

See more of Nic’s work here.

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