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Discover Series Image:
Jamie Blankenship, Seeing Stars, 2012-2013, Archival Pigment Prints

Discovery Series Group Show

February 9 - March 2

Reception: February 9, 5:00-7:00pm

This juried exhibition features bodies of work by 2-4 artists that have had limited local exposure. Juried by CAC Vice President, Lisa Freeman-Wood and CAC Gallery Director, Cameron Kelly.


Member Showcase 2018

Member Showcase

January 8 - February 2, 2018

Reception: January 12, 5:00-7:00pm

This annual show is open exclusively to current members of the Chico Art Center. This is a submission-free non-juried exhibition to showcase the work of our valued members.

Gift Show

Gift Show

December 1-28

Reception: December 1, 5:00-7:00pm
Set up: Nov 27-30; Take Down: Dec. 29-30

Make your gift budget go farther by staying close to home! Shop at Chico Art Center! Artists set up shop to sell one of a kind, handcrafted goods; pottery, jewelry, paintings, prints, cards, accessories and more. From functional dishes to forms of fantasy, your community art gallery will have the perfect thing for that special someone.

Call to Artists

Artists, want to “set up shop” for the holidays? The Chico Art Center rents the gallery in sections; wall space, approx. 48 inches wide from floor to ceiling, and floor space of 4 feet square space to exhibit your works for sale during the holiday season. Artists control how your works are displayed. Rent a space in the gallery for $100 - $200.

Rental Information (PDF)

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

November 3-24

Reception & Chili Cook Off: November 3, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Oct 28-29; Pick Up: Nov. 25-26

Honor ancestors and loved ones at this lively exhibit of altars, artwork, poetry and music. Offer flowers, photos, little sculptures or sweets on the community altar. “Ofrendas” are built this time of year to entice those who have passed to the other side back for a visit. Make papel picados at our activity table. All are welcome to contribute to the richness of our multicultural society.

Honra a los ancestros y seres queridos en esta animada exhibición de altares, obras de arte, poesía y música. Ofrece flores, fotos, pequeñas esculturas o dulces para el altar comunitario. Puedes hacer papel picado en nuestra mesa actividades o tenga su cara pintada en la recepción. Todos son bienvenidos a contribuir a la riqueza de nuestra sociedad multicultural.

This is an open call for entries. All artists are welcome to submit artwork relating to the theme of celebrating life and recognizing the value of those that positively shape our lives.

A Chili cook-off and tastings will accompany the reception.

Open Studios Preview Show

Open Studios Preview Exhibition

October 6-29

Reception: October 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Sept 30-Oct 1; Pick Up: Oct 29

Gallery exhibit of works by participating Open Studio Art Tour artists

Please download our Artist Invite Letter and two 2017 OSAT forms below:
Artist Invite | Gallery Form | OSAT Application

Sponsored by Heithecker Financial

Open Studios Art Tour

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 - 29
10:00am - 5:00pm


Chico Art Center's 2016 Open Studios Art Tour mags. Each mag is a high quality softcover, 130 pages, with beautiful images from each artist showcased (and these eight artists have their own covers with same interior art by each artist). Price is $32.40 + shipping, and all proceeds go directly to the Chico Art Center as a fundraiser. Please support our Art Center if you can. Having this magazine on your coffee table will also promote all of the artists included. :-) | PURCHASE ONLINE

Guide books available at CAC Front Desk.
OSAT Facebook Page

Sponsored by Heithecker Financial

Small Works 2017

Small Works

September 8-29

Reception: September 8, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Sept 2-3; Pick Up: Sept 30-Oct 1

Open Call for 2D and 3D Artwork
*Community Challenge*
Entry Fee $20, 12”x12” canvas included

Entry Form

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Shared Visions - artistic collaboration across generations

Shared Visions

Artist Collaborations Across Generations

August 4-September 1

Reception: August 11, 5:00-7:00pm

Featuring collaborations between adult artists and children, extending beyond the formal display of visual art to offer an educational and hands-on experience.

Free Family Art Day

Saturday, August 12, 10:00am-2:00pm

Mini workshops, craft tables, snacks—leave inspired to collaborate more often at home!

Shared Visions is a group art show featuring collaborations between adult artists and children. This show’s theme and purpose is to extend beyond the formal display of visual art and offer an educational and hands-on experience to our community. Information is displayed and distributed about the artistic developmental stages of children as well as a hands-on “Active Space” sculpture installation encouraging visitors, both adults and children, to share in the collaborative process.

Background and Relevance

This concept was visited in July, 2016 with a small exhibit by Erin Lizardo and her son, Solomon at Great Northern Coffee. The show’s warm reception inspired the idea to extend an invitation to more artist/child collaborations in the community.

Also, now more than ever, children are engaging more with digital media devices than with traditional art forms. Parents and guardians of children are at a loss on how to deal with the growing issue of screen time. A goal of this show would be to inspire the parents and guardians in our community to have more awareness about the artistic capacities within children that are largely untapped. Children are consuming more media than being creative themselves. A community discussion would be scheduled to dig into this subject and take a proactive and positive stance on the issue.

Didactics and Engagement

  • Featuring 7 Artists
  • Projection of interviews/spotlight artists
  • “Active Space” hands-on sculpture installation
  • Resources and educational materials about child artistic development, reducing media exposure, tapping into the creative capacities within children, etc.
  • Community Discussion: Kids Unplugged
  • Family Art Workshop
  • Visiting Artist Talk/Lecture

Curated by Erin Lizardo

Chico ER Article

Please see Upgraded Living, August Issue, page 74 for article by Leila Rodriguez

Shared Visions is generously sponsored by: Jackie McClain & Erin Wells
Beta Chapter of Omega Nu

National All Media Juried Exhibition

National All Media Juried Exhibition

June 30-July 28

Reception: July 14, 5:00-7:00pm

Chico Art Center is pleased to present artwork exemplary in form and concept from across the United States.

Call for Art

Open to artists working in all mediums and concepts, the Chico Art Center seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary artists. Our annual National All Media Juried Art Exhibition celebrates local, regional, and national artists. This is a fun opportunity for the serious artist, and a chance to add 'award winner' to a portfolio. $1,200 cash prize will be awarded.


Artist and subject of the film, Tony Natsoulas: A Face in the Crowd, Tony Natsoulas has been working as a professional artist specializing in ceramic sculpture. His main interest has been large scale figurative ceramic sculpture with a flair for camp. Natsoulas was fortunate to have studied with world-renowned UC-Davis funk art professor Robert Arneson. Natsoulas’ sculptures are in galleries and museums around the world. His commissioned work includes several public and private sculptures in bronze, fiberglass and ceramic. For more info visit

Submissions will be accepted until May 20, 2017. For more info, call (530) 895-8726 or email ckelly@chicoartcenter.


Awards include $1,200 First Place Prize generously sponsored by The Art House, Chico, California and Sadie Card Studio.

How To Enter

The nonrefundable entry fee is $35 for up to two works. $10 for each additional entry. Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only. Each entry must have one digital image of the entire work. Detail images are optional.

Online entry is required for this exhibition. To submit entries follow the link to Register with Entry Thingy

For questions contact ckelly@chicoartcenter or

Amazing Land

Amazing Land

June 2-23

Reception: June 2, 5:00-7:00pm

The exhibition celebrates the visual talents of artists with developmental disabilities. Today, there is more opportunity than ever to honor and recognize the contributions and independence of people with disabilities. They have diverse ideas and choices to make about where they want to go, how they want to spend their time, and with whom they want to interact. Educators Alan Carrier and John Stuart Berger will curate work by artists from The Arc of Butte County Day Class Art Program, The Short Center North of Sacramento and other organizations in our community.

The Short Center North (SCN),
a Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO)

Producing programs that champion the creativity and potential within the hearts and minds of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

From two sites in Sacramento and one site in Stockton, DDSO is an award-winning nonprofit that annually provides 400 adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience independence, job training, employment, physical education, visual and performing arts, life skill building, social interaction, active participation in the community, nurturing relationships and more.

DDSO’s programs strive daily to help individuals achieve their dreams of being gainfully employed doing meaningful work, living in a home where they can make their own life choices, contributing to society through volunteering, and impacting the world through visual and performing arts. For more information visit

The Arc Art Program

The Arc of Butte County is a nonprofit, charitable community organization, on a mission since 1953 to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families live meaningful lives!

Alan Carrier, a well-known local artist and educator at Butte College teaches the class. The class incorporates collage, printmaking, clay, wood and found objects, assemblage puppets, encaustic painting, acrylic and watercolor, drawing and mural making. The consumers gain knowledge and skills by actively using their visual and tactile senses to process information. For more information

Co-Curated by Alan Carrier & John Berger

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Confluence 2017


CSUC & Butte College Student Exhibit

May 5-26

Reception: May 5, 5:00-7:00pm

Chico Art Center presents digital media art and design by students at CSU Chico and Butte College. This is a joint venture between Graphic Design and Multimedia at CSUC and Butte College.

This exhibit shows the public what creativity looks like in 21st-century institutions of higher learning with advanced methods of computer-assisted production. In today’s post-digital world, artists are using means of expression never before possible – from the functional beauty of graphic design to the fantastical illusions of animation and exploratory experiments in robotics.

Interview with Daniel Donnelly starts at minute 6:23 on Weekend Showcase

Curated by Daniel Donnelly
Sponsored by Butte College Digital Art & Design Department

Creative Fusion 2017Graphic design by Frances Mansour

13th Annual Junior High & High School Student Art Exhibit

Creative Fusion

April 7-28

Reception: Friday, April 7, 5:00-7:00
Drop Off: April 1-2; Pick Up: April 29-30
Fairy Doors Tour: April 29

This exhibition highlights the work of Junior High and High School students selected by their teachers. Fresh twists on traditional assignments as well as explorations in digital media make this exhibit an opportunity to see the visual and digital arts programming in Butte County schools. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited by Pleasant Valley, Chico and Fair View High, Inspire School for the Arts, Marsh, Bidwell and Chico Junior High, Blue Oak Charter School and Chico Country Day.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and viewer’s choice awards. This year’s juror is Paula Busch, a printmaker, painter and former art educator. For information about the juror, visit

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Graham Hutton from Made in Chico.

Chico Junior High Student Chico Junior High Student Chico Junior High Student Bryant Ian Hist. Comp. Fixed Christian's-Racial Profiling V2 Crow -Tay Francis- G11 Geovanna - Homeless PSA Jade Ryan Jesse Morse Joy Zeichick-Night Cityscape -G12 Madison Williams -Freewheel Jenna Ploog 2 Ryann Woods Dixie Thomas, Historical Comp Vanessa Kim Velazquez, Davis, Luna Grace Willmann
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Replication Machine

Replication Machine

March 3-31

Closing Reception: March 31, 5:00-7:00 pm

The Replication Machine is a contemporary living art machine made of artists! You bring something to our gallery and receive a handmade art replication.

“Stop In - Drop Off - Pick Up”

  1. Bring a thing you want replicated.
  2. Insert your thing in The Replication Machine.
  3. Wait approx. 20 minutes.
  4. Collect your Original and see your Replication. Fill out documentation.
  5. Pick up your Replication Friday, March 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM during the closing reception.

The replication machine is a contemporary living art machine. Artists will replicate objects brought in by You, the visitor. These art replications connect the artist to the community in real-time while providing a valuable, engaging experience.

Watch Live Stream Video | Listen to Interview starting at minute 17:00

History and Context

The first Replication Machine was executed for two weeks in 2007 at Chico State as part of the Chico State Art Club, a live group show featuring the BFA and MFA students collaborating in social engagement. The project was a success with over 100 copies made for the public in a two-week period. Engagement was extensively documented through the use of Polaroids and Questionnaires.

How are artists involved in The Replication Machine?

Working artists who have been involved in the first replication machine will participate. You don’t know who’s making your replication at any given time!

Core Replicators

Max Infeld
Dylan Tellesen
Sienna Orlando Lalaguna
David Hopper
Erin Lizardo
+ 30 more!

This project is designed by Max Infeld. Infeld designs typography and teaches printmaking at Butte College among many other creative expressions. Infeld describes himself as, “a designer, content publisher and producer. I make fonts, teach printmaking, and make movies. I also work in technology where I design and develop marketing, design and business solutions. When I am not socially engaging one or more audiences, I’m spending most my time thinking about what to do next...”

Discovery Series 2017

Discovery Series: State of Mind

February 3-24

Reception: February 3, 5-7 pm

This annual juried exhibition features artists that have had limited local exposure. The Art Center is very proud to present the following artists' work:

  • Bonnie Smith’s quilted wall work, “Swimming Upstream”. Artist’s website
  • Sandra Relyea’s poignant “shadows” depict populations often marginalized. Article
  • Jamie Blankenship’s photography and installation gives us a new look at familiar surroundings. Artist’s website

The show opens on Friday February 3 with a reception and light refreshments from 5pm to 7pm. The show is open Mon-Fri from 12-4 and Sat–Sun from 10–4 until February 23.

This year’s jurors were Upgraded Living magazine editor–in-chief, Erin Hansen, CAC Gallery Director and a CAC Board member and former Discovery Series artist, Penny Terstegge.

Sponsored by Mooney Farms + Interwest Insurance

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Member Showcase 2017

Member Showcase

January 6-27, 2017

Reception: Friday, January 6, 5:00-7:00pm
Member Potluck: Friday, January 27, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Dec. 28-30 Pick Up: Jan 28-29

Come see what’s landed! Chico Art Center presents the tremendous skill and diverse talents of our valued members.

This annual show is open exclusively to current members of the Chico Art Center. This is a submission-free non-juried exhibition to showcase the work of our valued members. All members are able to display one original artwork or design such as music, video, jewelry, furniture, etc. Questions? Contact: Cameron Kelly, Gallery Director , (415) 823-4418.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in participating in the Member Showcase, CAC membership dues are $40.00 annually. Click “become a member” to learn more about the benefits of membership. If you are unsure whether your membership is current or have further questions about membership please email with your inquiry.

Sponsored by Art House Contemporary Sculpture

Entry Form

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