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Past Exhibitions

2021 - 2022 Season
Ferrari Gallery
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September 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Making Your Mark presents a rich array of works on paper, exploring the various methods and materials used in modern artistic practice. Showcasing 50 superb prints and drawings, we sample the breadth and beauty the Hechinger Collection, which has the unique theme of hand tools and hardware. Focusing on the creative process, the works represent some of the varied media and tools at an artist’s disposal. Making Your Mark’s celebration of the visual and conceptual aspects of drawing and printmaking educates and inspires in the best way, leaving viewers engaged, and rapt with curiosity.


Some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century are featured in the exhibition, including  Jim Dine, Richard Estes, Walker Evans, Howard Finster, Ke Francis, Jacob Lawrence,  Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Wayne Thiebaud.




Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection is organized and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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Edgar Soberón, The Kiss, 1989, Color pastel on wove paper, Photograph by IA&A, © Edgar Soberón

Jeff Spaulding, Hammerhead III, 1983, Graphite and charcoal on wove paper, Photographed by IA&A, © Jeff Spaulding and Curator’s Office

Valley Focus: Deborah Barr and David Olivant
January 18 - March 20, 2022

Marking the Carnegie Arts Center’s 10th Anniversary Season, it is exciting to continue a tradition of celebrating some of the region’s most influential and distinguished artists. With deep roots in our region, careers that span decades, and work that has been seen and appreciated well beyond California’s borders, these artists represent the great diversity of expression that can exist in – and even emanate from – a community such as ours.


This year we turn our Valley Focus to the work of two distinguished artists, Deborah Barr and David Olivant.  Both work in mixed media formats, and both have been sharing their skills and knowledge with young artists in our region for decades. Deborah has been on the faculty of the Modesto Junior College Art Department for 20 years; David recently retired after more than 25 years teaching in the Art Department at CSU, Stanislaus. Both artists present us with works that are complex in the use of material, as well as in the content and meaning they embody. Viewers are encouraged to spend time delving into these visual and conceptual layers, discovering stories, ideas, and emotions worth exploring. 


We were forced to postpone this exhibition from the previous season, and now are excited to present the work of these artists who have spent many years nurturing and mentoring Central Valley students. The unique visions and voices they share with us in their work have had a profound impact on the region’s art scene.  We hope you experience the exhibition as an adventurous journey with these two talented educators as your guides. 

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David Olivant

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mixed media assemblage

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Deborah Barr


oil and silver leaf on clayboard

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March 29 - May  28, 2022

Pervasive Innovation: Ceramic Sculpture in Northern California  provides an overview of the dynamic and creative ceramics scene in this region with work by 16 artists from the late 1960s to the present.

After centuries of considering ceramics and pottery as a less distinguished art form than painting or sculpture, artists in California – beginning in the late 1950s – found a new voice and style all their own working in large scale ceramic sculpture. This exhibition takes a look into the unique evolution of creativity in this one medium, in this one region — our own.

What’s become known as the Northern California Clay Movement began 60 years ago with the work of Peter Voulkos at U.C. Berkeley and Robert Arneson at U.C. Davis. Their work broke new ground for the ceramic arts, moving away from the decorative and utilitarian and toward sculpture in clay that transcended all traditions. Their students and following generations have continued to create a thriving culture of experimentation and innovation in ceramics here in Northern California.

The 16 artists featured here represent several generations and five decades. Artists in the exhibition include Robert Arneson, Lorraine Bonner, Titia Barnett-Gudde, Stephen De Staebler, Arthur Gonzalez, Don Hall, Susannah Israel, Vaea Marx, Tony Natsoulas, Cathi Newlin, Lisa Reinerston, Ruth Rippon, Ellen Roehne, John Toki, Peter Voulkos, and Wesley Wright.


Artist Talk with Bay Area sculptor Susannah Israel, Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m.  followed by a free public reception from 7-9 p.m.


Family Friday: Play with Clay, April 15, 7-8 p.m.  Free. Sponsored by Laguna Clay Company.


Saturday Studio: Clay Faces, April 23, drop-in 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $5 per maker; $3 CAC members.


Gallery Conversation with curator Lisa McDermott and sculptor & author John Toki, Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

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John Toki

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Lisa Reinerston

Breaking Point

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Susannah Israel


Lobby Galleries
October 13,  2021 - January 23, 2022

Elements of Renewal is a juried art exhibition to celebrate the Carnegies 10th year anniversary as it rose from the ashes from a devastating fire in 2005.

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Jackson Nichols

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Jackson Nichols

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Festa: A Celebration of Portuguese Faith & Culture
Photographs by Jackson Nichols
February 1 - April 30, 2022

Festa: A Celebration of Portuguese Faith & Culture includes more than 60 images captured by documentary photographer Jackson Nichols over the past 30 years. In compiling this impressive body of work, Nichols says the goal of the exhibition is to bring an awareness of the unique Portuguese-Californian culture and traditions to the greater community.

The festa is the most common and best-known event throughout the Portuguese diaspora in the Golden State. Festas provide a place to gather, to preserve identity and native language, and to express religious tradition. With nearly 100 of these events taking place in cities from Arcata in the north to San Diego in the south, the festa is the bond that connects generations and communities.

Nichols uses black and white film, traditional 35mm and medium format cameras. He prints all of his silver gelatin prints at his home darkroom in Fremont, CA.  Nichols’ lens captures moments at these events, both unexpected and magical, that transcend the commonplace to reveal the humor and humanity of the participants.


The exhibition also includes a selection of photos from bloodless bullfights taken around Northern California over the past decade, highlighting the drama and artistry that takes place inside the arena, while also revealing the emotion and camaraderie of the participants backstage in the paddock as they prepare to perform before the crowd.

Many of the images are included in a book that is available for purchase in the CAC gift shop. Nichols will be presenting an illustrated talk about his work and signing copies of his book on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Additional special events highlighting Portuguese culture are being added; check the calendar of Events for complete dates, times and details.


The exhibition is sponsored by Lopes Livestock, Western Meat Processing, Margo Souza, Edward Sousa, David & Marla Sousa, Meras Water Solutions, M&S Portuguese Bakery, Pena Taurina Sol y Sombra, and Grupo Forcados Amadores Luso Americanos.

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Farms & Fields is an annual juried exhibition that celebrates the variety and importance of agriculture in the Central Valley. Here in California’s heartland, we produce over 360 products, including fruit, nuts, livestock, dairy, and vegetables. The bounty of the region is represented here not only by the variety of commodities depicted, but also in the number of artists featured and the wide range of creative media included. This year, artists from throughout Northern and Central California submitted images that reflect the past, present, and future of valley agriculture.

Jurors for the exhibition were Penny Otwell, painter, and Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center.



Best of Show

Anne Whitehurst, Tomato Field, Red Rock Ranch


Awards of Merit

Kate Jackson, Corny Experiment

Mary-Ellen Latino, Humble Bounty


Honorable Mentions

Susan Conner, Solar Farm

Chella Gonsalves, Eastside and Down

David Patton, Hills and Valley

Marilyn Zinner, Where the Harvest Happens

Artists included in the exhibition

Anna Barber, Ripon

Alyn Brereton, Modesto

William Calvin, Modesto

Tommi Lou Carosella, Modesto

Susan Conner, Altaville

Patricia Davis, Ceres

Margaret Eldred, Davis

Barbara Gill, Modesto

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto

Don Hall, Turlock

Tonia Hemme, Merced

Kate Jackson, Merced

Lucinda Kasser, Stockton

Mary-Ellen Latino, Nipomo

Scott Lundgren, Turlock

Catherine McLean, Modesto

Julio Medina, Ceres

Rhett Regina Owings, Turlock

David Patton, Groveland

Vivian Patton, Groveland

Sally Ruddy, Waterford

Deanna Schmitz, Merced

Steven Showers, Oakdale

Michael Souza, Turlock

Jim Ullrich, Turlock

Monique Wales, Oakhurst

Anne Whitehurst, Fresno

Lorraine Wilcox, Turlock

Evan Young, Sonora

Marilyn Zinner, Oakdale

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Steven Showers

Altamont Crossing



Anne Whitehurst

Tomato Field, Red Rock Ranch

oil on canvas

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Mary-Ellen Latino

Humble Bounty

fabric arts

Yosemite Renaissance 37
August 9 - October 1, 2022

Yosemite Renaissance was founded in 1984 by the Yosemite Art Guild, a consortium of local Yosemite landscape artists. Their mission... “to motivate artists to develop diverse interpretations of Yosemite and its varied landscapes.”  Since then, more than 4,600 artists have participated in Yosemite Renaissance programs, setting the bar for creative excellence and inspiration in the Yosemite area.  Artists from around the country have been showcased in Yosemite Renaissance’s annual exhibit, featuring artwork depicting Yosemite and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. The Carnegie Arts Center has hosted the traveling exhibition for most of its long history, and we are proud to do so again.


For a list of artists and images from the current exhibition, visit

June 3 - 25, 2022


The Carnegie Arts Center will present its 8th annual Youth Art Exhibition this Summer, Ready, Set, Show!, that will help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Carnegie Arts Center! Young artists in grades K-12 are invited to present their creative work to the public in the CAC’s beautiful Ferrari Gallery, a museum quality exhibition space. 

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July 6 - September 3, 2022

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 88 works that make up the annual Carnegie Art Showcase. The annual exhibition is open to entries in all media, which this year includes paintings, watercolors, drawings, stained glass, ceramics, wood, photographs, fiber arts, collage, mixed media, and digital works. 


Click here for more information on the exhibition

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