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Full Frontal Nudity: deconstructing sexual misconceptions of art modeling

Michaela Harris, A&E Editor // April 16, 2022

I stood in place on a platform covered in plush curtains and pillows. A space heater sent enough warmth to my chest to distract from the draft that attacked my rear.  I hold my arms in a ballet...

Vases of a deceased mother from Paradise.

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

Alex Coba // February 10, 2019

“Art saves lives,” said local artist Jessie Mercer about the feeling of community at the opening reception for Chico Art Center's new exhibition, "Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine." The art shown in the exhibition...

Janet Lombardi Blixt works with oil, acrylic, and pastel in her pieces. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Open Studios walk lets visitors explore the artistic process

Alex Coba // October 23, 2018

The Chico Art Center's annual Open Art Studios event is a staple. Normally you would be separated from the artist and see the work after it's been put up in a showroom. However, this event invites visitors...

Jovian Mcmeans Piece showcased at the Patrons Exclusive Preview Reception. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Chico Art Center hosts artist showcase for patrons

Alex Coba // October 7, 2018

The Chico Art Center showcased local artists in a brand new event, a patron's exclusive preview and reception. This event was a prelude to the annual Open Studios Art Tour.This preview was the center's...

Landscape Vase is a blown glass piece created by Dave Smallhouse. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Open Studios Art Tour showcases Chico artists

Caitlyn Young // November 1, 2017

For the past two weekends, the Chico Art Center hosted an Open Studios Art Tour where artists would bring their best pieces to display at the gallery. Then, they would go back to work in their studios...

The Contemporary Woman art exhibit examines the contributions of women in the art community worldwide. Flier courtesy of Chico Art Center.

Art gallery hosts art from women across the globe

Roberto Fonseca // May 3, 2016

"Contemporary Woman" is an annual event in which women over the age of 18 are invited to participate and potentially display their art at the Chico Art Center. The event is open to participants worldwide....

The Creative Fusion Art Gallery has been displaying student art for 12 years. Photo credit: Roberto Fonseca

Creative Fusion Art Gallery hosts high school artists

Roberto Fonseca // April 1, 2016

Art from students from all over the city of Chico are being displayed at the Chico Art Center at the annual Creative Fusion Art Gallery.Creative Fusion is an annual event in which students at the junior...

Steven Dunn smiles as he remembers when his love for painting started. Photo credit: Aurora Evans

Abstract painter gives insight on art

Tom Sundgren // March 3, 2016

Paintings with unique and unorthodox forms with vibrant colors can be viewed when looking at Steven Dunn's work in a new gallery at the Chico Art Center titled "Discovery Series" until March 4. "I probably...

Chico Art Center member and volunteer Erin Wells smiles as she talks about the art center. Photo credit: Megan Moran

Chico Art Center wants more student involvement

January 26, 2016

The Chico Art Center, located on Orange Street, provides a place for local artists to showcase their pieces. As Erin Wells thought back on her 12 years as a volunteer at the Chico Art Center, she smiled."You...

Photo credit: Chico Art Center

Give the gift of art this holiday season

December 3, 2015

Starting on Dec. 8, the Chico Art Center will host a special winter art exhibit where local artists display their work for sale. Artists choose what will be shown, including: sculptures, paintings, pottery,...

Airbrush artist Victor Porter is happy to be a part of Chico Art Centers Day of the Dead gallery. Photo credit: Grant Casey

Day of the Dead art gallery comes to Chico Art Center

Tom Sundgren // November 8, 2015

Around 45 artists have entered and displayed their work at the Chico Art Center for Day of the Dead. The gallery will host a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 in which a cash prize will...

Chico gallery shows off its artisans

Amanda Rhine // January 20, 2015

Artists from all over Butte County get a chance to show off their favorite pieces for the next few weeks. The Chico Art Center's annual "Member Showcase" opened Friday with a warm reception from...

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