From the pandemic to social justice protests to wildfires to the upcoming election, 2020 has definitely been a year unlike most and for many artists it has been a year of inspirations.
The results of those moments of inspiration can now be seen in the Carnegie Arts Center as part of the "In This Time" exhibit in the Lobby Galleries.
"Throughout history, artists have confronted, examined and responded to the issues of their moment. Today, the crises that are actively defining this time — from quarantine to climate change, from social justice to economic uncertainty— fundamentally impact our lives," the Carnegie Arts Center said in a news release.
The exhibit explores the creative response to events happening in the community, the state, the nation and the world. A total of 42 works from 23 artists make up the juried exhibition.
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, pastels, photographs, ceramics and mixed media works.
Winners have been named for the exhibit. Best of Show was awarded to Carolyn Lord of Livermore, for the oil on panel work "Petro Relic." Awards of Merit were bestowed to Chella Gonsalves of Modesto for an acrylic on canvas "What's Next?" and Don Hall of Turlock for a paster on paper "Epochalypse Now." Honorable mentions went to Anne Bailey of Turlock, Randy Crimmel of Modesto, Linda Knoll of Modesto and Michelle Park of Turlock.
The exhibit will be on view through Jan. 17, 2021. The lobby galleries have free admission.
The current red tier for Stanislaus County allows the Carnegie Arts Center to open to the public at 25% capacity. Patrons are asked to wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of distance between other patrons.
The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.