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Come see the latest work that has been created in Lancaster.
Our vibrant downtown is the perfect place to admire arts and crafts amidst your adventures and explorations. Lancaster has a thriving creative scene, bursting with artists and makers all over the county. If you haven’t been to Lancaster and aren’t sure where to begin check out our Gallery Row as well as these upcoming exhibits.
Born in Lancaster, PA Charles Demuth is one of our local celebrities. Known for his avant-garde style and the contributions he made to the Precisionist art movement, Demuth often painted scenes inspired by his life in Lancaster and the view of the garden outside his window of the studio in his home (which is where the museum is today). While the museum holds a collection of permanent works by the artist, it also hosts a number of changing collections and events:
Contemporary Cityscapes: Today’s Lancaster Landscape | Feb. 1- March 1
The annual Demuth Invitational exhibition will encourage local, contemporary artists to explore and interpret the 21st century Lancaster cityscape through their own style. Over 40 artists are participating in the 2020 show.
Demuth Walking Tour | May 9, June 6, August 1, September 26, October 24
Follow a Demuth Museum volunteer on a walking tour which follows the route of Charles Demuth’s evening stroll. This one-mile your will make ten stops at locations significant to Demuth along the way where the group with discuss different facets of Charles’ life, point of views and inspirations for some of his paintings, and introduce some people who helped shape his life. Tours are at 10 AM and 11:30 AM.
Lancaster Museum of Art-
Founded in 1965, the Lancaster Museum of Art acts as a source of culture and education for the County presenting exhibitions as diverse as the community which they serve.
Connected | February 1-23
The Lancaster Museum of Art is proud to host the national tour of the Kennedy Center's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program juried exhibition. The exhibition features works from 15 artists with disabilities at the beginning of their careers, including Lancaster painter Malcolm Corley. This year's theme asked the artists to connect, to span new distances, and to see unexpected relationships.
First Friday: Meet Malcom Corley | February 7
Join us at the Lancaster Museum of Art to congratulate local artist Malcolm Corley on his selection for inclusion in the national tour of the juried exhibition Connected: VSA Emerging Young Artists Program 2019. Learn about Malcolm's process and inspiration for his pieces, and enjoy his work and 14 other pieces from young artists with disabilities from around the country.
Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition | March 7- April 19
Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists, will be on view at the Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art. Students in grades 7 through 12 in Lancaster County can choose to participate in either or both of these juried competitions. Categories include apparel, ceramics and glass, computer art, drawing, fibers, graphic design, jewelry and metals, mixed media, painting, photography, portfolio, printmaking, and sculpture.
The Artisans Gallery showcases the work of regional artists including both 2 and 3 dimensional works. Artists and work featured in this gallery often rotate, so even if you have been before this is probably something new that you haven’t seen yet.
A very well-known gallery in Lancaster, CityFolk hosts art exhibits of renowned artists and rising national artists, allowing the local community to experience and purchase the work of visiting artists which they change out regularly.
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design-
PCA&D is central PA’s only non-profit, professional art college. Their Main Gallery features lively, thought-provoking and ambitious exhibits that showcase work by regionally and nationally known artists. In addition to exhibits, they often host artist talks as well.
Phillips Museum of Art-
Located at Franklin & Marshall College, the Phillips Museum exhibits highlights from the museum’s extensive permanent collection of diverse, contemporary artists.
Nissley Gallery: Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection
The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College is pleased to present a major reinstallation of its Nissley Gallery, showcasing works from our renowned collection. The museum’s permanent collection gallery is named in honor of Tom Nissley ’55, a F&M alumnus who generously provided funding for our permanent collection gallery. Featuring over one hundred works, the exhibition is a broad sampling from the museum’s various core collections and includes pre-Columbian, African and Japanese objects, regionally created furniture, fiber arts and crafts, as well as paintings, sculptures, works on paper and glass created from the 1800s to present day.
What a Wonderful World | February 1- March 29
This exhibition highlights four artists that address environmental concerns with a common thread throughout their work related to science, memory, and the lasting impact of human interactions affecting the future of our planet. Binh Danh's daguerreotypes—part nostalgic vision, part environmental cry—document the natural beauty of the currently protected land in Yosemite National Park. Rena Detrixhe creates dirt rugs using Oklahoma soil, sifting the collective memories embedded in the dust. Ryan Hoover’s tree forms are created by an algorithm that the artist has written to simulate natural growth patterns. Marion Wilson's photographs and drawings are often through the lens of ecology, where her attention has been drawn to the study of stress-tolerant and overlooked plant species that live in micro environments—particularly, moss.
Containing the Muse: Artists’ Books as Expression & Form | Feb. 1- Mar. 29
Containing the Muse: Artists’ Books as Expression & Form features 15 works from the Franklin & Marshall College Library, Archives and Special Collections. Artists’ books are a form of creative expression, providing an opportunity for political, environmental, social, and personal communication. They range in size, shape, material, and formats; altering the way people can manipulate and interpret them. Depending on the angle, page, and layout the material can be viewed from multiple perspectives, providing new experiences with each interaction.
Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom | February 1- April 30
Sonya Clark’s (American, b. 1967) mixed media works use everyday objects to address tangled histories, cultural heritage, and identity. Recently, Clark has turned her attention to creating installations that coincide with national conversations about racism and violence and who “owns” history in the United States. To that end, the Phillips Museum of Art is delighted to present Sonya Clark’s new site-specific installation Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom which highlights Lancaster as a location along the Underground Railroad and the use of the night sky, specifically the Big Dipper constellation, to orient those seeking freedom.
Red Raven Art Company-
Offering a diverse array of artists styles, Red Raven Art Company exhibits works of local and regional artists that change monthly.
Artists Studio and Gallery at Annex 24-
This independent art gallery changes their exhibits every month. Exhibits often highlight local, national and international artists. In addition to their displays, they also offer and artisan studio and maker’s space as well as classes and workshops.
To learn more about upcoming shows, events, or galleries in Lancaster, PA check out the Lancaster City Art Galleries page.