Art Gallery

Call For Artists to Display and Sell their work in the Clark Center Lobby 2022

Hey, artists! Want to Show Off?

We are now accepting applications from fine artists who are interested in flaunting their talent!

Original art is displayed in the lobby and the Salon hallway, and there is plenty of space for large bodies of work. We reserve the space for student artists in March and April and offer it to the community the rest of the year. Mixed media such as oil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, sketching, etc. are encouraged, as well as sculpture and photography.

We do not charge artists to exhibit, but we humbly ask that 20% of the proceeds be invested back into our student scholarship and grant programs. The scholarships benefit graduating seniors who will be pursuing an education in the arts.

Art pieces will be juried for content acceptability and 10 artists will be selected to display their work for two consecutive months.

For more information, please contact our business office at
805-489-4196 or art@clarkcenter.org

2021-2022 Art Application

Current Artists

Stephen Wolfe- Painter

Stephen Wolfe’s method of painting and creation is described as abstract expression. He compares his creative process to being “a child in a playpen, dreaming and enjoying the adventure” with no goal ahead.

Wolfe never sets out to paint an object or idea, he explains that, “A painting’s birth begins when I can set reason aside and feeling predominates”. When Wolfe’s pieces aren’t displayed in a gallery, they hang nameless, inviting the onlooker to name them for themselves. In turn, this encourages Wolfe’s audience to join his creative process.

Wolfe explains, “The hard part for me is not the creation, it is calling a halt to the process”, and that a piece is complete when nothing seems out of place. He will then hang a piece, but not with the intent of it being “finished”. Some pieces will return to the playpen and the creative process will persist without judgement of what a piece was, is, or will become.


Joe Schwartz- Photographer

Born in 1913 to immigrant Romanian and Polish parents in the slums of Brooklyn, New York, Joe Schwartz’s early life experience influenced his art and the subjects he chose to photograph over the years.

Schwartz’s work highlights the duality of one’s perceived social status and their unconscious character and spirit that transcends their superficial circumstances. Schwartz sought to photograph minorities of all kinds whether they were Black, Latino, Filipino, Indigenous, etc. Throughout his time photographing these “ordinary people”, their “unfortune”, and the injustice they experienced, he continued to ask the question, “Why can’t we all get along?” His work has been described to capture the intangible harmony of interracial relationships.

Schwartz’s work has been exhibited around the country and can be seen in places such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.

Though Joe Schwartz passed away in March of 2013, he is survived by his art and his legacy of recognizing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

2021-2022 Art Application
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