Jul 27

Side by Side Exhibition

VSA Side by Side Exhibit
June 4 - July 27
Murray State University Curris Center Gallery

Opening Reception June 4 / 2-4pm


Aug 4

Summer Art Studios for Youth Exhibit 2017

Summer Art Studios for Youth Exhibit
July 28 - Aug 4
MAG Gallery
Closing Reception:  Aug 4 / 5:00 - 6:00 pm


Parents mark your calendars!  Please join us at the MAG closing reception to celebrate your child's best work from the summer workshops!  Friends and family can also come see the work in the gallery during market hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 - 4:00 & Saturday 10:00 - 2:00. 

All work will be taken home Aug 4, 6:00, after the reception.

Aug 30

Light and Shadow: A creative response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Light & Shadow: A Creative Response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse
August 18-30,
Curated by Eva F King and Debi Henry Danielson

The Murray Art Guild will present the exhibit “Light & Shadow: A Creative Response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse” in August, 2017, in the Guild Gallery.  On August 21, 2017 the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly 4 decades (since 1979) will occur. For 2 minutes and 40 seconds the moon will block the sun, turning daylight to darkness and revealing the sun’s shimmering crown. A swath of western Kentucky will have a great viewing of this occurrence. As an artist, how do you respond in anticipation of this event?

Area artists (over the age of 18) are invited to submit one or two pieces for consideration for this exhibit.  Please remember the work must be inspired by the solar eclipse. All media accepted, including 2D and 3D visual art, prose, spoken word poetry, etc.

If interested, please email digital images of your work to the Murray Art Guild by July 18th. For each entry, include the following:  artist's name, title of work, medium, dimensions, sale price or NFS.

Send Digital entries to: murrayartguild@murray-ky.net (please note “ECLIPSE”  in subject line).


Deadlines and important dates are as follows:

July 18:                                  Digital entries submitted
July 25:                                  Notification of accepted works
August 15:                             Delivery of accepted works to the MAG
August 18:                             Show Opens
August 20:                            Reception, 2-4pm (solar eclipse glasses available to first 30 attendees!)
August 30:                            Show Closes
August 31:                             Pick-up of work at the MAG


Thank you for considering this request. We look forward to seeing your entries!

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact MAG office.

May 14

VISUAL EVIDENCE / Robert O. Miller Center

Best of Show:  Tanya Chopra, Home Sweet Home
First Place Painting: Jennifer Fairbanks, Donuts
Second Place Painting:  Caitlin Hemenway, Spark of Life
First Place Photography: Tina Sexton, Controlled Fire
Second Place Photography: Denise Schmittou, Ribbon Shadow
First Place Drawing/Print Making: Marie Dolchan, Grey Still Life
Second Place Drawing/Print Making: Elaina Bartlett, Someone as Good
First Place Sculpture (all 3D): Wyatt Dagla Severs, Day Table
Second Place Sculpture (all 3D): Shelby Clark, Hunger Pains
First Place Fibers/Mixed Media: Diana Wicai, Betsy
Second Place Fibers/Mixed Media: Annette Mooso Sitton, Cat Tails
Honorable Mention: Lisa Weiss, Ode to Agnes
Honorable Mention: Roy Davis, Reliquery for Found Objects

A regional juried art exhibition held at Murray's Robert O. Miller Center, 201 South 4th Street.  This will be part of our Spring Art Hop on April 22.

2017 Schedule Exhibition Dates / April 17 - April 28

Pick up work / April 28

2017 Juror: Christopher M. Lavery


May 11

It's Elementary! Student Artwork from Murray and Calloway County Schols

IT'S ELEMENTARY! / Featuring student work from Murray Independent Schools and Calloway County Schools. Murray Art Guild Gallery. A reception is planned for Saturday April 22, 5-8pm in conjunction with the Art Hop.


Sea Turtle, Journie Merriss, Grade: Kindergarten, Murray Elementery, Teacher Stoya Hastings

Sea Turtle, Journie Merriss, Grade: Kindergarten, Murray Elementery, Teacher Stoya Hastings

Apr 8

SANDY MILLER SASSO / Mare Crisium:Sea of Crisis / MAG Gallery


Mare Crisium: Sea of Crisis

 I began the new drawings and paintings for this show in May of 2016 and completed them in February 2017.  During these ten months, and outside the safety of my studio, the world went through radical changes that are reflected in my examination of form in darkness and light. As I worked I thought about Truth, Hostility, Love, Freedom, Hope, Dignity, Vulnerability and Strength in addition to the passage of Time and the reassuring but vulnerable repetition of Nature.

 In this body of work, my focus is on illuminated objects from the woods where we live.  I work from life so my experience is meditative and part of an artistic and scientific tradition of observation. I bought a 3-D printed moon to use in my still life setups. The leaves I often depict symbolize the fragile strength of humanity and of the environment.  A few older pieces are in the show as well because they are relevant.

For this series, in which the moon often appears, I was initially inspired by seeing a lunar globe in a scientific supply store at the very end of 2015. On the globe were printed the names of the seas of the moon, or “lunar maria” – Sea of Clouds, Sea of Rains, Sea of Vapors, Sea of Islands, Sea of Nectar, Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Storms, Sea of Vapours, Sea of Fecundity, Sea of Crisis, Sea that has Become Known… I let those mysterious names guide me as I created this series of images that gave me focus as the world around me dissolved, transformed, and reformed. As we lost civility here on earth the moon and those distant, mysterious “seas” remained constant and dignified.  Everyone on earth can see the moon. It is a great unifier.

The name of one “sea,” in particular, resonates with everyone my age. On July 20, 1969, the summer before I started to high school, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Sea of Tranquility during the Apollo 11 mission. Like now, that was a time of social crisis, but the Eagle had landed and man had walked on the moon. Everyone in America watched - we were unified and proud. On that day, we thought the country that did that, could solve any problem.

Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei, both a scientist and an artist, drew the moon in 1610. Scientist Giovanni Battista Riccioli named the geographical features of the moon we use today.  His collaborator, Francesco Maria Grimaldi, also a scientist and artist, assisted in the naming and drew the map of the moon depicted in their work, Almagestum Novum, published in 1651.

Sandy Miller Sasso
February 12, 2017
Sassoville, Almo, KY


The Guild Gallery
Located in the MAG facility, with an 11 month exhibition schedule, this small Gallery features the work of local and regional artists. Contact the Guild office for information on exhibition opportunities.

Feb 24

BLANKETS Blankets: Eileen Wirsig and Nancy Alderdice


The Murray Art Guild is proud to present the works of MAG Weavers. This particular exhibit features woven blankets in a variety of sizes, materials and patterns. The exhibit includes an opportunity to participate in a community weave with a loom ready in the gallery for weaving baby blankets.