800 to 2000 budding artists of all ages feel the thrill of sharing their displayed art in 10 to 12 shows and reception events, annually in our 1st floor gallery. In these collaborative projects, the Fitton Center highlights art made in our classes and outreach programs, and also partners with local schools, universities, artist networks, retirement villages, community centers and other organizations to celebrate the talented artists in our area. Contact us with your Community Gallery exhibition ideas!
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Leading Sponsor: Penny Brooks
Butler Tech School of the Arts
December 2, 2021 – January 6, 2022
FREE Gallery Opening: Friday December 10, 5:30 – 7:30pm with the opening of exhibitions Human Rights: Derechos Humanos and Mirrors and Veils followed by performance A Swingin’ Christmas with the CCJO.
This body of student work is a collaboration of learning that has taken place in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design and Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government class. After learning about Human Rights in Mrs. Folz’ class, students chose a Human Rights issue they wanted to research. Students then visually communicated their voice through their art.
Highlights of Summer Art Workshop Student Exhibition
Art Central Foundation
September 28 – October 22, 2021
The artwork was created by Young Artists, grades 3-12, during Art Central Foundation’s Summer Art Workshop (SAW) program. This program offers free or “pay-what-you-can” visual art instruction to youth in Middletown and the seven school districts surrounding. Works include a wide range of media: drawing, pastel, ceramic, fused glass, fiber arts and stained-glass mosaic. Included in the exhibit are works created for inclusion in a global art initiative called Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. Each SAW Lead Artist designed a project to allow our students to express their thoughts on the topic of humankind’s impact on the Earth.
Equality As We See It
Art Central Foundation
July 21 – August 20, 2021
As a part of last year's Summer Art Workshop Student Exhibition, each class created a piece expressing their feelings about the subject of Equality. The result was a powerful group of youth work, which resulted in plans for this adult show on the same subject. Covid-19 has challenged our connection to community and we wanted to offer all artists a voice to speak to how they see equality, an issue that is currently being debated as close as our neighborhoods and far as the Supreme Court.
~ Sue Schaefer Wittman, Art Central Foundation
Miami University Regionals
Curated by Jennifer Purdum
Every year, Miami University Regionals art students create a large-scale charcoal drawing dealing with the concept of identity and portraiture. Over the years, students have dealt with the issue of identity through myth, nature, and through the lens of digital technologies. This exhibition celebrates some of the best examples produced over the last 5 years. Drawings on view were created primarily using charcoal with watercolor and additional mixed media.
April 14 – May 9, 2020
Free Artist Reception: Saturday April 18, 6:00 – 7:30pm before Jason Farnham & Friends Piano Show at 7:30pm (a ticketed event.)
In this Exhibition you will find amazing creations created from recycled materials. Families and students from Ridgeway Elementary worked together to create works of art that support environmental conservation and spread awareness about human consumption.
Butler Tech School of the Arts
January 25 – February 18, 2020
Free Artist Reception: Saturday February 1st, 5:30 – 7:30pm, with the opening of the Shifty exhibition.
Over 90 new artworks in a variety of mediums by students in grades 11 and 12 from the current school year.
Season Launch Show
August 16 – September 7, 2019
Free Artist Reception: Friday August 16, 5:00 – 9:00pm as part of this year’s Season Launch
Enjoy hot new art in this sizzling show featuring works from students and artists involved in our education and outreach programs.
Summer Camp Creativity
June 21 – August 2, 2019
Free Artist Receptions: Each Friday, Fitton Center Summer Campers will celebrate their week of camp creations in our Community Gallery. Stop in to celebrate!
A Winter Wonderland
Queen City Art Club
October 29 – November 29, 2021
FREE Gallery Opening: Friday October 29, 6-8pm with BOOM! Last Blast in the first and second floor galleries with live music by Ionic.
The Queen City Art Club is made up of artists in southwest Ohio with goals of developing artistic talent and exhibiting and promoting art in the area. As we head into the winter months and prepare to celebrate many traditions and holidays with our friends and families, please join us for a sampler of our latest work, along with a collection of winter and holiday pieces. This show will certainly help to get you into the spirit of the upcoming winter season.
Souls x 10
August 25 – September 23, 2021
Souls x 10 was created to be a visual representation of Butler County residents lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the over 60 glass tetrahedrons that make up the installation represents ten local friends and neighbors who have been lost to the virus. Sadly, the installation will continue to grow until the state of Ohio determines it is no longer necessary to maintain its COVID-19 dashboard.
~ Darryl Berry