Our Current Situation:
Life for all of us is very surreal right now, but unfortunately not in the " Salvador Dali" way. The Mansfield Art Center is taking strong steps to keep art relevant in our community by doing what we do best, accepting change and bringing creative ideas forward to keep our donors, members, sponsors,students and artists engaged through our creation of virtual exhibitions and educational classes on our website and social media . We have suffered great financial losses due to classes being cancelled and lack of visitors. As we continue to progress, we ask that you believe in us and continue your generous support by making a contribution to the Mansfield Art Center. It will definitely make a difference.
The mission of the Mansfield Art Center (MAC) is to make visual art relevant to the lives of all in north central Ohio. To accomplish this, The MAC brings visual art to all of us through exhibitions, programming, classes, workshops, and creative experiences; provides educational outreach through programs, lectures, tours, and school services, and provides support and services to artists.
The Mansfield Fine Arts Guild, doing business as the MAC, was founded as a non-profit organization in 1945. The first exhibition was held in 1946 at the Mansfield Public Library. In its early years, the Guild presented exhibitions and conducted classes in the private studios of member artists. In 1968, the Guild hired its first full-time director, H. Daniel Butts, and began planning for a permanent home. Exhibition and studio space was used for a year at 40 S. Park St., downtown Mansfield, and, in 1969, Clara Louise Black, the daughter-in-law of Mansfield industrialist and Ohio Brass founder Frank Black, donated eight acres of land to the Guild for the art center building used today at the corner of Marion Avenue and Millsboro Road, Mansfield.
Renowned Cleveland architect Don Hisaka designed the art center building, construction began in 1970, and the Mansfield Art Center opened in 1971. The contemporary building design was nationally recognized during both the design stage and after the MAC was built and is considered one of the top 100 architectural buildings in Ohio. We are fortunate to have an art center in a community our size, and we have our donors, local artists, exhibition attendees, members, and students to thank for their generous support.