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Winter Salon d'Art 2013

Winter Salon d’Art

November 29, 2013 - January 3, 2014

The reception for this event will be on December 7, 7-9pm


Salon d'Art Winter Rental Info

Small World, Small Works 2013

Small World, Small Works 2013

November 2 - 24


Reception: Nov. 2, 7pm-9pm
Hand-delivered drop-off: Sunday, Oct. 27, 3-7pm, or Mon. Oct. 28, 10-4.

Who can enter? What is it all about? Why should I participate?
All artists from near and far can enter this exhibition. The Small World, Small Works project gives artists everywhere an opportunity to show their work in multiple cities.

Buy Canvases or Submit Your Own:

(Canvas quantities can be changed in the Shopping Cart)

Have canvases shipped to you

Shipping will be added to your order:
$10 for the first canvas, $4 for each additional.


Open Studios Art Tour 2013

OSAT Exhibition

October 12 - 27

We are no longer accepting applications.

About the Tour

We are celebrating 25 years of this self-guided tour. There will be over 80 locations for you to visit and experience this year. This is a rare opportunity to interact with artists, see where and how they work, and buy art at affordable prices from the artist who created it. The tour takes place Oct 19-20 & Oct 26-27 from 10am-5pm each day.

Get the map and listing of participating artists in the ARTOBERFEST Guide, or get it Online at

The Preview and opening reception at the Art Center (located in the old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot) will be on Friday Night, October 18 (6-7pm, Members-only thank you reception; 7-9pm, open to the public). This festive event provides you the opportunity to see the gallery exhibit, plan your tour itinerary, and enjoy some tasty treats. Be sure to allow time to get over to Empire Tea & Coffee to sample some of the 100% organic, fair-trade coffees and teas from around the world, located inside the historic 1947 Pullman coach at the depot.

Be a part of this event from beginning to end, starting this night. Become a member and join us at 6 for the thank you reception.

Art All Aboard

Art All Aboard

September 14 - October 4

Railroad Themed Show

Prospectus/Entry Form

The Chico Art Center presents a visual art exhibition called Art All Aboard, focusing on art that celebrates its special location, a Historical Train Depot. There will be artworks by painters and photographers along with a graffiti art wall that will represent the side of a train car, one of graffiti artists’ most notorious canvases. The show will run from September 14th to October 4th.

The ‘Train Car’ graffiti art project (taking up a whole wall at the CAC) will be a live-art collaboration among local graffiti artists Dave Selkirk, Christian Garcia and friends. This project is curated by local artist and art-therapist, Cynthia Schildhauer. This project will be made up of 5 panels which will be set up at One Mile, located in Bidwell Park on Saturday, September 7th during Chico Palio where the public can view it’s creation. These one-of-a-kind panels will be for sale during the Art All Aboard Exhibition.

Later in the month, on Sunday, September 29th, the Chico Art Center will be holding a free viewing of five rare and hard to find, short and silent ‘Train Robbery’ films. The viewing will begin at 3 in the afternoon and run until about 5. Seating is limited. Food (including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, and ice cream) and refreshments will be for sale.

The following Friday, October 4th, the Center will be holding a special event - ‘Ten-Four: Graffiti Understood,’ a conversation panel featuring the artists that took part in the ‘Train Car’ painting. This too will be open to anyone who is interested in learning about graffiti as an art form and those who have questions about the process.

All Media 2013

All Media 2013

August 10 - September 6


Postmark Entry Deadline: July 5
Notification by Mail/Email: July 16
Shipped accepted works must arrive by: Monday, August 6, 4pm
Hand-delivered drop-off, accepted works: Saturday, August 3, 12-4pm

Exhibition Dates: Aug. 10 – Sept. 6
Reception: Saturday, August 10, 7-9pm

Hand-delivered Pick-up: Sept. 7, 12-4
Shipped works returned: By Oct 6.

Jason TannenJuror: Jason Tannen

Mr. Tannen is a photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator and educator. He received his MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA in photography from Tyler School of Art. Since 1998, he has been the curator at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico, where he has also taught Film as Visual Art and the History of Photography. He has exhibited his work widely, with exhibitions and screenings both in the US and internationally.

Prospectus - Prospectus, Large

Pay for All Media 2013 entries with Paypal

$25.00 for the first two entries. Then $10.00 each for additional entries - no limit.


Discovery Series #2

Discovery Series #2

July 13 - August 2

Featuring the Shutterbug Photography Group

The Shutterbugs are a newly formed group that will be showing together for the first time in the Chico Art Center's Gallery.

The Shutterbugs are a group of professional and amateur photographers that come together to share their love of photography. They meet bi-monthly to share ideas, technics and their photographic works with one another. They go out on photo shoots to get outside, expand their horizons, sharpen their skills, share their inspirations and aspirations and to just enjoy each others company.

There are so many forms of photography. They each offer a unique perspective and a shared love of passing on the skills that they have learned. They glean a wealth of experience in their craft that encourages and inspires them to a greater level of creativity.

16 Shutterbug Photographers will be a part of this Discovery Series. They include:

  • Tom Barrett
  • Chris Colson
  • Vicki Lea Eggen
  • Karma Ganzler
  • Ben Hills
  • Pam House
  • Dave Kelly
  • Karen Kolb
  • Lloyd Liebes
  • Patricia Lim
  • Michele Miller
  • Amber Palmer
  • Gail Shultz
  • Deborah Schowalter
  • John Seid
  • Marianne Werner

Reception: Saturday, July 13, 7-9pm.

Live music by John Seid and Friends and Vicki Lea Eggen and Friends.

Challenge Show

Challenge Show: Rock, Paper, Scissors

And, Final Preview of 2012's Small World, Small Works Exhibition

June 15 - July 5

The Chico Art Center presents it's first Community Challenge, open to all. The Challenge is to solve this problem: Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Read the parameters of this Challenge.

Drop off: June 8, 12-4pm

Reception: Saturday, June 15,
Members Only, "Open-Wallet" preview, 6-7pm,
public sale and silent auction, 7-9pm

The Chico Art Center invited the public to tap deep into their creative, quirky, cavernous imagination to solve this art problem: Rock, Paper, Scissors. All pieces reference, in some manner, the challenge. All art will be for sale in a 3 week long silent auction where purchasers can choose to "Buy it NOW" for $68 or bid on the work (starting at $29).The auction will end on July 5 at 4pm.

The artwork will be judged by David "Dragonboy" Sutherland and various awards will be given. A couple of the awards include, "Most Socially Conscious," and "The Most Technical but Still Art by Someone's Definition." See the winners at the public reception Saturday, June 15th, 7-9pm.

Betty Benson

Betty Benson

May 18 - June 7

Solo Show

Reception: May 18th, 7-9pm.

This is a retrospective exhibition of one of Chico's most beloved artists. Betty was a student and teacher at Chico State, a showing artists in various galleries around town, and a bag lady. As a cancer survivor, she was a spearhead in the creation of the Healing Arts Gallery at Enloe.

Her work through the years represents her own responses to the world around her and her roles within that worldview. Not only is she an artist, but a woman, a daughter, a mother, a wife, a student, a teacher and a cancer survivor. Join us as we explore and discover the themes that have driven her through 60 years of artistic exploration. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 with live music and yummy treats.

Contemporary Woman 2013

Contemporary Woman

April 13- May 10


"Chico Art Center hosts seventh annual
'Contemporary Woman' exhibition" -Chico ER Article

Open to female artists (18 and older) everywhere. View the application for more information. Reception: April 13, 7-9pm. Juror's talk and awards will be presented at 7:30.

In its 7th year, the juried Contemporary Woman exhibition will showcase a total of 56 combined 2D and 3D works of art.

After jurying the show, Lin Lipetz says, "Most of the subject matter did not specifically reference women and their particular interests, but instead was more about experimentation of both subject matter and media. The viewer will find the entire exhibition to be a strong cohesive statement about the current focus of women's art nationally."

Application Deadline: Feb. 23
Drop Off: April 6

Juror: Lin Lipetz

Lin LipetzMrs. Lipetz has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, Ceramics and Textiles from The University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from San Jose State University.

She was born in Bozeman Montana and lived in Seattle for 30 years. While there she founded and directed The Factory of Visual Art for 10 years, with an eventual enrollment of 500 students and 30 part time faculty. She was a Northwest Painter for many years with her work represented by the Foster White and Woodside Galleries in Seattle and galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has received many painting and ceramic awards and commissions. Her paintings are in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Gallery, Seattle, and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. She has lived in Sonoma, California for the last 25 years where she paints, writes, and teaches painting both privately and at the Sonoma Community Center.

The Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts commission selected her to be the "Sonoma Treasure Artist 2009 – For her contributions as a talented teacher and artist, and also for her contributions to the community as a whole and to the arts community." In further recognition, a Retrospective of her Paintings and Ceramics was held in the same year at the Sonoma Community Center, "Gallery 212."

Entry Form

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Ama Posey, order Camille de Ganon, A la Seconde Photograph Cris Guenter, Transition Collograph Norma Lyon, Out of the fire ceramic Pat Macias, So far and yet so near Reta Rickmers, Self portrait as Joni Mitchell
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Creative Fusion 9

Creative Fusion 9

March 14 – April 6

An exhibition of exceptional student art from Chico junior and senior high schools. Friday, March 15th, 7-9pm. Awards will be announced at 7:30pm.

Chico ER Article

In its 9th year, the Creative Fusion exhibition gives Jr. and Sr. High students the opportunity to show their artwork in a professional gallery space. These are students on the brink: the brink of adulthood, the brink of self-awareness and the brink of what is to come. They are joining us from 7 different schools in the Chico area, including: PV High, Chico High, Chico Jr. High, Fairview, Marsh Jr. High, Inspire School of the Arts, and Bidwell Jr. High. 115 works of art will be shown.

Primarily this exhibition is about the students, but it is also about encouraging and fostering an environment for youth visual arts programs in our schools now when there is less money going towards them.

There will be a reception on Friday, March 15th from 7-9pm. We invite the public to join us that night in encouraging these students and celebrating the arts education programs in our town. Refreshments will be served.


Discover Show 1

Gail Werner, Bill Flake,
Sylvia Sisley-Smejkal, & Tatiana Allen

February 16 - March 9

A group exhibit featuring artists: Gail Werner, Bill Flake, Sylvia Sisley-Smejkal, and Tatiana Allen. Reception: February 16, 7–9 pm

Blessed by Tatiana Allen Ceramic work by Bill Flake Sage II by Gail Werner Sale at Nordstroms by Sylvia Sisley-Smejkal
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Members Show 2013

Members Show

January 12 - February 8

Reception: Saturday, January 12, 7-9 pm
Chico Art Center presents its Annual Members' Exhibition, 2013. All members are invited to submit a piece for this show, and the entire community is invited to the daily exhibition. This a popular show for the artists and gallery visitors.


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