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Exhibits change monthly in the Dorchester Center for the Arts galleries. We showcase all types of art from local and regional artists throughout the year.

For the most up-to-date information on upcoming exhibitions please check back regularly.

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Outside In, featuring Ed Krell’s Story of 81

The July exhibition at Dorchester Center for the Arts highlights work by untrained, or outsider, artists. Entitled “Outside In,” it features pieces by renowned artists Mose and Annie Tolliver and Howard Finster, who have had their paintings exhibited at venues such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the American Visionary Art Museum. Finster even…
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Past Exhibits

Annual Members Show & Sale

This show is open to all Dorchester Center for the Arts members. Entries must be original works of the exhibiting artist. “Original” means never having occurred or existed before, and invented or created by the exhibitor. No copies of art or photographs by other persons may be exhibited. Work shown in a previous DCA Members Show may not be entered…
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Annual Young Peoples Show

The Annual Young Peoples Show will feature the work of school age youth in Dorchester County. The show is judged, with awards presented for first, second and third place in Elementary, Middle, and High School entries. Additionally, one Best in Show, Top Digital Work, Top Fine Art, and Top Interpretation will be selected from the winning entries. Second Saturday Artists’…
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What is Art Therapy? Eastern Shore Hospital Center Patient Art – Through the Ages

In recognition of National Mental Health Month, Judy Slaughter, Director of Volunteer Services, and The Eastern Shore Hospital Center Auxiliary has curated this exhibition to include forty-five patient art pieces in various mediums that will be for sale as well as five larger pieces that are not for sale from the Auxiliary collection. Proceeds from the sales benefit each individual…
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Lyle Kissack: Present Tension

Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Lyle Kissack and his exhibition entitled “Present Tension” to the galleries for April. Born in 1963 in Brooklyn New York, Lyle holds an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a B.F.A. from University of Texas. He now lives, works, and teaches in Baltimore MD as an Adjunct Professor…
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A World of Textiles

Dorchester Center for the Arts welcomes the Brown Quilters Create and Educate group for this new exhibit entitled “A World of Textiles.” This show offers a little of everything made with fiber! Quilts, wearable arts, rugs, baskets, bowls, and dolls. Brown Quilters Create and Educate is a Facebook group for quilters and fiber artists. Their mission is to provide a…
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Harriet Tubman: More Than A Slave

In honor of Women's History Month, The Brown Quilters Create and Educate Group returns for a new exhibition inspired by the life of Harriet Tubman.  Through quilts and fiber arts, each artist has reflected elements of the life of Harriet Tubman; as a “conductor" of the Underground Railroad, a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during…
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The Art of Model Boat Building

This heritage art group exhibition brings together seven area modelers who will display and discuss their work with a focus on both the maritime art and decorative art aspects of boat modeling. Discussed will be the ideas a modeler starts with, the materials used, the process they go through, to the final presentation. Talks may include personal stories about how…
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Black History Past and Now

Main Gallery exhibit with Brown Quilters Create and Educate group. February features quilts themed with "Black History Past and Now". Brown Quilters Create and Educate is a Facebook group for quilters and fiber artists. Their mission is to provide a community for members to participate in swaps and sew-a-longs as well as to offer classes taught by member volunteers. Their…
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Memories of Autumn

The Annapolis Photography Workshop Group presents "Memories of Autumn". This group was founded by internationally recognized photographer and educator David Blecman in September 2011 and has grown to over 1300 member photographers. The purpose of this group is to offer educational workshops and instruction to individuals and groups that want to improve their photography and improve the understanding of their…
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Wednesday Morning Artists and Friends Gallery of Gifts

This seasonal favorite fills the Front Gallery with a broad selection of handcrafted items, perfect for thoughtful gift-giving. A variety of mediums are represented, including fiber art, jewelry, glass, photography, paintings, and wood and metal sculpture. Wednesday Morning Artists is a local group of artists and art lovers who meet regularly for discussions, community projects, artful outings and to support…
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A Celebration of African American Quilts and Fiber Arts, by the National African American Quilt Guild

Featured in the Main Gallery, this exhibition will showcase a selection of completed African American Sampler Quilts (AASQs) from across the country and other African influenced quilts of unique designs. The exhibit is free to attend and some items will be for sale. The National African American Quilt Guild (NAAQG) is a non-profit organization created to preserve and promote the…
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Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition and Competition

October/Main Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to announce this year's Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition and Competition. The event was founded in 2005 by former DCA Board President Dr. Graham Slaughter and continues today to bring dozens of community members together in a friendly competition to show and sell their photographic works.  Judging is based on the…
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A Floral Symphony by Betty Papson

October/Front Gallery Betty, who resides in Oxford, graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and is a member of Easton's Working Artists' Forum, the Academy of Arts in Easton, and the Dorchester Center for the Arts. Over the years, Betty has taken workshops with a number of well-known artists which include Kenn Backhaus, Camille…
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HANDS-ON: Textiles and Techniques — A community fiber show

September/Main Interested in participating? View the entry form here. Consider this an opportunity to experience the medium of fiber arts. This textile show explores the concept of technique and how it influences a finished product. All forms of fiber art will be considered for this exhibition. Even in-progress pieces. — Join us for the Second Saturday Artists’ Reception. Saturday, September 11…
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Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay: Shared Visions

August / Main Gallery The Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay present "Shared Visions". The Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay (PAPCB) focuses on capturing the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, PAPCB paints on waterfront lands, in nature preserves, on working farms, and in towns and villages.  Participating Artists: Diane DuBois Mullaly, Donna Finley, Jill Glassman, Jim…
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“RETROspective: Erick Sahler”

July/Main Gallery “Pop art and the Eastern Shore are my passions. Illustration and printmaking are my gifts. My mission is simple: I create art that would bring me joy to hang on my walls.” — Erick Sahler Erick Sahler is an Illustrator Member of New York’s distinguished Society of Illustrators and an American Screen Printing Association certified graphic artist and…
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“Aqua/Terra” by Nico Gozal

July/Front Gallery Artist Statement by Nico Gozal: I have been fascinated with the endless possibilities of colors since I was a child. I find colors a very exhilarating element that inspires and bring so much joy to my life. Combining my academic training in Fashion Design and my love of the art of Silk Painting, I hope to transpose what…
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Annual Members’ Show and Sale

June/Main Gallery Interested in participating? View the entry form here. Featuring work by members of the Dorchester Center for the Arts. This is the opportunity DCA takes each year to thank members for their support and to showcase their best original work. Four entries will be accepted per person. Please fill out the entry form and return it to the…
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Lower Shore Addiction Awareness Visual Arts Competition

June/Hallway Gallery Hosted by the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, this competition is open to middle and high school students in Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico Counties, and is supported by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, and the Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, and Dorchester County Health Departments. The competition is an opportunity for Lower Shore students to explore…
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A Lasting Legacy: Art from DCA’s Founders

June/Front Gallery This exhibition features work from a selection of DCA's Founders. Participating artists include Shirley Brannock, Mary Hester, Beebe Winterbottom, and Bob Tolley. — Join us on Facebook for June’s Digital Second Saturday Artist’s Reception Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 6 PM. We will be going live with a virtual tour of the exhibit!
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Young Peoples Exhibit

May/Main Gallery - Young Peoples Exhibit May/FrontGallery - Art Educators Exhibit Artwork in a variety of media from school-aged children and their educators throughout Dorchester County. — Join us on Facebook for May's Digital Second Saturday Artist’s Reception Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 6 PM. We will be going live with a virtual tour of the exhibit!
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“A Range of Emotions” by Maureen S. Farrell

April/Main Gallery Artist Statement by Maureen S. Farrell: Creating art allows me to express emotions without uttering a word. Painting abstract figures have been my focus for the last five years. With inspiration from a recent week-long workshop, I am currently creating non-objective abstracts. During the process of creating marks and using text and symbols, I use charcoal, paint, pastel,…
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“NATURE AND BEYOND” by Petra Bernstein

March/Main Gallery Born and raised in the German countryside near Munich, Petra learned to appreciate nature at an early age. She uses both photography and painting to express her deep connection to nature. Petra’s artwork ranges from close-up photography and paintings of flora and fauna to abstract interpretations of nature’s mysteries. Some of the paintings in this show are inspired…
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Art Blooms at DCA – Dorchester Garden Club Members’ Floral Interpretations

March / Front Gallery The Dorchester Garden Club presents “Art Blooms at DCA”, an exhibition of floral interpretations, inspired by the work of Petra Bernstein. Each arrangement reflects an image from Mrs.Bernstein's exhibition "Nature and Beyond" on view in the Main Gallery during the month of March 2021. — Join us on Facebook for March’s Digital Second Saturday Artist’s Reception Saturday,…
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“The Art of Photography” Tidewater Camera Club

February/ Main Gallery Dorchester Center for the Arts will feature the work of members of the Tidewater Camera Club in the Main Gallery for February. Entitled “The Art of Photography”, the exhibition will run February 6-27. The Tidewater Camera Club has been the home for photographers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 1963. The club offers a variety of…
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Empty Bowls Pop-up Exhibition

February / Front Gallery Hunger takes no break for Covid-19! While the pandemic prohibits the traditional Empty Bowls soup supper, Dorchester Center for the Arts will feature a selection of painted bowls on exhibit in the front gallery during the month of February. Each bowl is a take-home reminder that someone else’s bowl is empty. Empty Bowls is an international…
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See It Loud: Globe Poster’s Eye-Popping Evolution, from Street Art to Fine Art

Curatorial Statement by John Lewis: During its 81 years in business, Globe Poster created show posters for a dazzling array of artists, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Tupac Shakur, and numerous others. The posters, originally stapled to city walls and telephone poles, have become highly collectible and now reside in museums such as The Rock and Roll…
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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

DCA closes closes the centennial of women’s suffrage with the Smithsonian Poster Exhibition Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name,…
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Wednesday Morning Artists & Friends Gallery of Gifts

November & December / Main Gallery This seasonal favorite features an extensive selection of handcrafted items from local and regional artists, perfect for thoughtful gift-giving. A variety of mediums will be represented, including fiber art, gold and silver jewelry, glass, photography, paintings, and ceramics. Wednesday Morning Artists is a local group of artists and art lovers who meet regularly for…
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Artists for Justice: Portraits of Black Lives Lost

September / Main Gallery Exhibit by a group of artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore that celebrates the lives - while mourning the violent deaths - of African citizens of the United States. Each artist chose to paint a portrait of a particular African-American who lost his or her life due to systemic racism. Not all were victims of police violence…
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Adrian Holmes: I Am My Sister Dolls

September / Front Gallery Adrian Holmes: I Am My Sister Dolls Adrian is the creator of the culturally iconic "I am My Sister" doll line. Adrian, a native of Philadelphia, PA, attended Philadelphia High School for Girls and spent several years at York College in PA, before serving honorably in the US Air Force for 15 years. The desire to…
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Geo Logos: Emily Martin

August / Main Gallery Geo Logos is a textile and sound installation created from a study of sedimentary rocks, its textural qualities, and its relation to the practice of silkscreen printing. These rock formations can document time and serve as footprints of the past by collecting and recording plant matter, vegetation, fossils, and weather elements through their layered variations of…
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Courtney Chan: Expanded Bouquet

August / Front Gallery “Expanded Bouquet” is made of manually printed and hand-cut handmade paper elements carefully arranged in an unconventional self-portrait installation. Each object illustration represents a flower, gift, or memory in the ever-expanding bouquet of the artist’s life. States Chan, “this piece explores how building a collection of ordinary mementos can help shape one’s lifelong journey of learning…
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