Art Center of Manatee


Family Beautiful’s FBTV takes a close look at the exciting news from Manatee County’s premier visual arts center. We take an in depth tour of the current galleries and classroooms, while learning about what the new year and 2024 has in store for this storied center for art in Manatee County.

Executive Director Carla Nierman takes us for a grand tour of the exhibitions and previews the new architecturally significant facility that is slated to be open the end of 2024.

Susan Short of FBTV chats with Carla Nierman, Executive Director of the Art Center Manatee

The new Center will transform the entrance into Bradenton and provide greenspace that is so important to urban landscapes, as well as offer expanded gallery, classroom, office and storage space.

The ArtCenter will operate uninterrupted in their current facility while the new one is constructed. Once construction is complete, the building will be razed to make room for a community park and sculpture garden that will face 9th St W, creating a beautiful welcoming entrance into Bradenton.

Additionally, we explore the 56th International American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition
It is returning to Florida, they are one of three locations in the US to welcome the 156th International American Watercolor Society Traveling exhibition.  From the original exhibition of 134 watercolors, 40 paintings are selected each year to travel to a select number of galleries.

Your general support helps ArtCenter Manatee to:

  • Bring national talent to the community for exhibits & workshops, such as AWS, Southern Watercolor Society and International Watercolor Society
  • Provide opening art receptions every month that are free and open to the public
  • Add dynamic and relevant visual arts classes and workshops that you ask for like Tim Saternow, David Lobenberg, and other artists
  • Price classes competitively – 20% less on average than other art centers
  • Support the local and growing artist community with training, exhibition space and an outlet for selling their work
  • Offer an Arts & Healing Program Free to all participants
  • Provide scholarships to children in need to art classes – 35 – 50 a year
  • Host a annual exhibit for the Manatee County School District – showcasing the work of over 200 K-12 students
  • Host Free exhibits and classes for emerging artists and non-profit groups like Just For Girls
  • Bring art into the community through special events like the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County

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