Sitar Arts Center’s The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Gallery hosts on-going exhibits of both professional and student work. Artists are selected through a submission process.
Previous Juried Exhibition
13th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition
Sitar Arts Center celebrated art in the community with our 13th Annual Juried Exhibition. This Exhibition aims to feature work from emerging local artists, including members of our Sitar community, in a variety of mediums. The exhibit ran from March 2nd – April 8th, 2023.
2023 Theme: UNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We live in a world full of countless faces, spaces, cultures, and ideas that help inspire understanding and appreciation. These environments shape us into unique individuals which helps set the foundation for our future. The purpose of this exhibit is to give artists the space and platform to express themselves and represent an environment that calls for a voice.
The theme does not solely focus on the environment but on how unity also plays a role. We encourage you to participate and take advantage of this opportunity to illustrate your views and values on the perplexing relationship between environment and unity. We are excited to see the story your art will tell.
Winners of the 13th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition – UNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT!
Ages 22 and older
People’s Choice Award:
Previous Solo Exhibition
EXISTENCE, Isiah Gatheright
Exhibition Dates: November 7th – December 1st , 2022
Sitar Arts Center presented EXISTENCE – a solo presentation including wax and oil-based paintings by Isiah Gatheright. This work displays the use of mixed media and hidden objects through abstraction, allowing Gatheright to test the limits of his artistry. His work evokes emotions while engaging its audience as they discover a world waiting to be explored.
Oil-painting, wax, canvas, found objects
Throughout his life, Gatheright has always been surrounded by secondhand items, taking inspiration from the concept of repurposing found objects. He used the juxtaposition of various materials to explore the possibilities of encaustic art. Gatheright used wax to embed objects into his pieces in order create movement and accentuate focal points. When asked about his choice of materials, Gatheright explains, “I always let the subject matter guide me to the material and methods used.” According to Gatheright, “curiosity first led me to encaustic art, but the versatility of the wax medium kept my interest. Wax allows for vertical hierarchy and an added dimension of depth.”
As a firm believer in the natural order, Gatheright drifts with the flow of life and embraces entropy. All things are moving towards chaos, then eventually back to order. Observing these cycles has been essential to his existence and explorations as a young adult. For EXISTENCE, Gatheright explains that “the goal is to present chaos in arrangements that express the ever-changing tides of emotion while covering themes such as identity, consumerism, and value. The overall composition and the use of additives help draw viewers in, inviting the viewers to ponder the purpose, question its worth, and embrace a little disorder.
2021 Juried Exhibition
12th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition
Sitar Arts Center celebrated art in the community with our 12th Annual Juried Exhibition. This Exhibition aims to feature work from emerging local artists, including members of our Sitar community, in a variety of mediums.
2021 Theme: EMOTION
The complexities of emotions are evident in its spheres of expression, perception, and awareness. Therefore, emotions are expressed and perceived differently. This exhibition gives the artist the opportunity to express various experiences, feelings and emotions through context such as image, composition, color and form.
Winners of the 12th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition – EMOTION!
Ages 22 and older
Sarah Renzi Sanders
People’s Choice Award: