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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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Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibition Opportunities:
Look for prospectus and entry forms below in the list of exhibits.

Replication Machine

Replication Machine

March 3-31

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

The purpose of The Replication Machine is to connect the Chico Art Center community and the public through collaborative art making. The replication machine is a contemporary living art machine. Artists will replicate objects brought in by the public, submit them to receive reproductions. The submitter will receive their replication free of charge. These art replications connect the art maker to the community in real-time while providing a valuable engaging experience.

“Stop In - Drop Off - Pick Up”

1. Bring a thing you want copied.
2. Insert your thing in The Replication Machine.
3. Collect your receipt. Wait until you hear back from us. (~20 min.)
4. Collect your copied thing. Fill out documentation.
5. Tell somebody about it. (Encourage online engagement as payment)

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 community artists who have been involved in the first replication machine will participate. Additional artists will be selected by application. A private calendar will be used for managing and scheduling the artists.

Core Replicators

  • Max Infeld
  • Sienna Orlando Lalaguna
  • Dylan Tellesen

Chico Art Center Member Replicators

Members, Staff, and Board Members will be invited to Sign-Up to assist

Guest Replicators

Offered to community to Sign-Up to participate

Curated by Max Infeld

Max Infeld designs typography and teaches printmaking at Butte College among many other creative endeavors. 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…”

Erica Placensia, Untitled, 2015, watercolorErica Placensia, Untitled, 2015, watercolor

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

An exhibit of exceptional student artwork selected by Chico’s Junior and Senior High School art instructors. This show offers very young artists the opportunity to exhibit in an art gallery as well as win prizes. 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.

CSUC & Butte College Student Exhibit

Digital Art & Design

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.

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

Amazing Land: Short Center North

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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National All Media Juried Exhibition

June 30-July 28

Reception: July 14, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: June 24-25; Pick Up: July 29-30

Call for Art: Entry Fee $35 for 2, $10 for each additional

Chico Art Center is pleased to present artwork from across the United States in the National All Media Juried Exhibition. The juror will select between 20-40 artworks. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Juror to be announced.

Shared Visions - artistic collaboration across generations

Shared Visions

August 4- Sept. 1

Reception: August 4, 5:00-7:00pm

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

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, 10”x10” canvas included

Open Studios Preview Show

Open Studios Preview Show

October 6-27

Reception: October 6, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Sept 30-Oct 1; Pick Up: Oct 28-29

Gallery exhibit of works by participating Open Studio Art Tour artists

Sponsored by Heithecker Financial

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.

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 $125 - $225. Register early for a $25 discount. Ask about our discount for multiple spaces.

Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support!

First Impression Sign Co.Sherwin-Williams Heithecker FinancialInterWest Insurance Services, LLC
Knight's PaintButte Community College Made In Chico Mooney FarmsThe Art House
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