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Art Galleries

The Works Art Galleries showcase beautiful works of art in a variety of medium by local, national & international artists.

Art exhibitions are a wonderful way to spark conversations with the entire family. What makes something art? What is your favorite type of art? Visit our galleries and join in the conversation!

The Works Art Galleries offer a variety of art opportunities designed to stimulate creative engagement in the arts for learners of all ages, and strengthen the cultural fabric of our community. Gallery exhibits change frequently and admission is free to most gallery exhibitions. Contact the museum's Art Coordinator for purchase inquiries and additional information.


Opening Friday October 24

Main Art Gallery Exhibit: 
"A Sense of Place: Michael McGinn Paints Historic Newark and Surrounding Licking County"

Gallery Opening and Artist Reception
Friday, October 24, 6 - 8 p.m.

Artist Lecture
Saturday, November 15, 1 p.m.

On Display: October 24 - December 2014

This vibrant exhibit, curated by Bexley’s Hammond Harkins Galleries, captures the lively play of light and shadow, contrast and color, in nighttime portraits of downtown Newark’s beloved historic landmarks and bucolic Licking County scenes.

McGinn loves cities. They are growing and ever-changing. The city is not only a mosaic of the human endeavor, it is a mosaic of shape, color, texture and temperature. At night those elements lend themselves to be more abstract. The human element is always present. The setting may be void of the human figure, but an automobile, a light from a window, a lit sidewalk assures us that the city, is indeed, very much alive.

“What intrigues me most about painting urban night landscapes, or urbanscapes, is the literal play between warm and cool colors… or temperature. Artifi­cial light has many temperatures, many colors that play with one another as they bounce o‑ the horizontal, vertical and angular planes around them. The night atmosphere is energized.”

An Ohio native, McGinn’s work has been exhibited widely in the greater Columbus area. He and his wife and their four children reside in Columbus, Ohio.  

“A Sense of Place” will remain on display until through December 2014. Gallery admission is free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

View/download the official art card for this exhibit.