Exhibits

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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Other exhibition opportunities:
Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibition and Competition
Hands-On: Textiles and Techniques
Annual Members Show and Sale

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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“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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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: Cheryl Wisbrock, Diane DuBois Mullaly, Donna Finley, Jill…
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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. Interested in participating? View the…
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Past Exhibits

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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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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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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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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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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