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2017 MCAC Juror announced - March 31, 2017

The 2017 Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) juror will not have far to travel for her important role at the 34th annual festival happening April 28-30 in downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park. She’ll be coming from right across the street. MCAC is honored to announce that Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of […]

The 2017 Poster Design & More! - March 24, 2017

Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC) design campaign  is always rewarding to bring to life. It is the face of the festival, and builds excitement for the highly anticipated art explosion that transforms downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park each Spring. 2017 is the second year MCAC has chosen to feature the work of its Emerging Artist award recipient on the poster and festival marketing […]

Celeste Amparo Pfau announced as MCAC’s 2017 Emerging Artist Award Recipient & Poster Artist - February 24, 2017

It is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham’s Celeste Amparo Pfau has been selected as the 24th recipient of Magic City Art Connection’s (#MagicCityArt) Emerging Artist Award. The contemporary art festival hands out this honor annually to a talented Birmingham artist. The award was established to spotlight, support and present new artists of great artistic potential […]

MCAC announced as Finalist of Best of Bham 2016! Thanks Birmingham! - September 14, 2016

Thank you Birmingham! Magic City Art Connection was just voted as a finalist in the “Best Festival” category of Birmingham Magazine and al.com’s Best of Birmingham annual reader’s poll. We are smiling from ear to ear! What an honor! Being a part of Birmingham’s cultural landscape over the last 34 years has been beyond wonderful. And seeing the enduring […]

2016 Juried Award Recipients - April 24, 2016

It was a big task for our 2016 Juror, Paul Kremer of Houston, Texas. There is such great talent from around the country exhibiting at Magic City Art Connection’s 33rd year. Congratulations to this year’s recipients! LARRY ALLEN – clay         FIND ART _ Best in Show Award  #345 NICK GRUENBERG – photography     Kinetic […]

MCAC’s 2016 Juror & Featured Poster Artist – PAUL KREMER, Houston, TX - March 30, 2016

The famous quote, “Everything is bigger in Texas” rings true for Magic City Art Connection’s (#MagicCityArt) 2016 juror and featured poster artist, Paul Kremer of Houston, TX. With 7 foot high paintings, like Kremer’s “Hopper 2” featured on MCAC’s 2016 poster (at right), his graphic and colorfully colossal work packs a big punch, and a little bit […]

MCAC announces the 23rd recipient of its Emerging Artist Award - March 24, 2016

It is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham’s Ajene Williams, Artist in Residence at Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts, has been selected as the 23rd recipient of Magic City Art Connection’s (#MagicCityArt) Emerging Artist Award. The contemporary art festival hands out this honor annually to a talented Birmingham artist. The award was established to spotlight, support and […]

New York Times features work of Ramiro Gomez, MCAC’s 2015 Visiting Juror - August 20, 2015

A HUGE congratulations to Los Angeles based artist and MCAC’s 2015 Visiting Juror, Ramiro Gomez, for his recent feature in the August 14 issue of the New York Times! “For my own part, I often wondered about the collectors. What did they imagine they were buying when they acquired one of his pieces and took it home, […]

And the winners are… - April 30, 2015

Artists, board of directors, sponsors, and volunteers gathered at the Backyard Centre Stage Friday evening as the Festival kicked off its annual Friday Night Applause awards ceremony, presentations, and after party/dinner. There can be only one Best in Show winner each year. And at Magic City Art Connection (MCAC), the decision is always a difficult […]

Interface with MCAC in new ways! - April 21, 2015

Interface with MCAC in new ways! New website features enhance the visitor experience THE INTERACTIVE MAP – Visually find an artist’s booth location in the park with a simple search on your smart phone. Plus, look for wayfinding visuals in artist booths to help you keep your bearings as you tour the around the Festival. PLAY AUDIO […]

First Time Ever – Admission for Adults - April 16, 2015

First time ever New this year at MCAC will be a $5 admission charge for Adults. Kids 12 & under are free. We look forward to the support and enthusiasm of all our visitors at this year’s festival, one that looks bright and filled with stunning art, live music, dance performances, kids workshops, special installations, food […]

Jennifer Harwell Commemorative Gift presents MCAC’s Featured Artist & Juror - April 14, 2015

Jennifer Harwell was a self taught painter who began her career later in life. Her passion for the arts and supporting the careers of other artists inspired a downtown Birmingham gallery where she exhibted the work of many local and regional talents. Her own work drew inspiration from Van Gogh, Rothko, Clifford Still, among others. She became well known for her […]

Meet the 2015 Emerging Artist – Jared Ragland - March 26, 2015

It is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham’s Jared Ragland has been selected as the 19th recipient of Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC/#MCACBham) 2015 Emerging Artist Award. The contemporary art festival hands out this honor annually to a talented Birmingham artist. The award was established to spotlight, support and present new artists of great artistic potential and integrity […]

MCAC’s 2015 Juror & Featured Poster Artist – RAMIRO GOMEZ - March 9, 2015

There is always a level of excitement that accompanies selecting Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC) poster artist and festival juror. It is our pleasure to announce that California artist Ramiro Gomez has been selected for both of these 2015 featured positions. This honor is being presented by the Jennifer Harwell Commemorative Gift at the 32nd annual […]

Art Bash 2015: Into the Woods we went - March 3, 2015

Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC) “Once Upon A Forest” Art Bash beckoned partygoers deep into the forest on February 21st! Art Bash-ers began their journey into MCAC’s urban forest by creating a variety of fairytale, animal, and period costume looks for the fundraiser’s enchanted, wooded theme. When they arrived to this year’s “another cool Birmingham […]

Natural Synergy: Jon Woolley of Little Forest joins Christophe Nicolet on Art Bash 2015’s design team - February 18, 2015

Transforming “another cool Birmingham space” for the annual theme of Magic City Art Connection’s Art Bash is no easy task. Thanks to a creative team, lots of ingenuity, plus generous partners providing key raw materials, Art Bash is able to make a fun, fresh, and always dramatic space metamorphasis that transports its partygoers to another place. Christophe […]

BIG plans & surprises for MCAC 2015! - February 17, 2015

Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham’s largest festival, is turning 32 on April 24-26, 2015. As a somewhat banal milestone, it’s anything but, because 2015 is in process to be a BIG year with GREAT plans and other FUN surprises in the works for everyone! Visitors will notice some simple but dramatic changes at the Festival. […]

Liesa Cole’s photography portraits are award-worthy! - August 6, 2014

BIG congratulations are in order for artist, photographer, festival friend and collaborator Liesa Cole!! She took home the Grand Prize in the PDN (Photo District News) Faces Portrait Photography Competition for this wonderful animal portrait entitled “Kiba the Ferret”. Click here to see all the winners. We have been raving about the Guest Portraits she and […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: KARLY MARTIN - July 22, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: KARLY MARTIN Birmingham, AL Painting Robins & Morton Award of Merit Karly’s career as an artist was an eventual path. Starting off her college years in architecture, then transitioning to finish with a bachelor of fine arts helped her parlay that creative background into an art direction job and […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: DARRELL EZEKIEL - July 10, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: DARRELL EZEKIEL Sylacauga, AL 2D Mixed Media Royal Cup Coffee Award of Merit Darrell described himself in B-Metro: The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living as an artist that is “multidimensional rather than multimedia”. Some may reference Darrell by his quirky character driven mixed media portrait paintings, his wonderful found […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: CHIHARU ROACH - July 8, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: CHIHARU ROACH Birmingham, AL Painting The Maralyn Wilson Award of Merit presented by long-time festival supporter Guy Kreusch Chi immigrated to the US 15 years ago, and began to create art to express without sound what was in her head while she was taking steps to learn the English […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: ROBERTA ELLIOTT - July 2, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: ROBERTA ELLIOTT Cobden, IL Metal Magic 96.5 Award of Merit Roberta was hooked the first time she struck iron. “There is something wonderfully indescribable about the energy exchange that takes place while blacksmithing.” She’s especially facinated by “forge welding” in which two or more pieces are heated to 2600 […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: KATE MERRITT DAVIS - June 30, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: KATE MERRITT DAVIS Birmingham, AL Painting Jemison Investment Company Award of Merit These serene, abstract landscapes “are great places to escape to”, says Kate. One can easily get lost in the depth of her work, it’s light and shadow created through layers of color, texture, and line. I visit […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: STEPHEN RAY - June 24, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: STEPHEN RAY Waterbury, CT Painting Regions Bank Signature Award Stephen transitioned from building staircases to painting old Conneticut barns in 2009. His affinity for these old grey ancients stemmed from both his woodworking appreciation and his respect for the grace filled farming way of life. See more of his work […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: MICHAEL ZAVISON - June 23, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: MICHAEL ZAVISON Miramar Beach, FL Metal Michael’s dad was a steel worker in Chicago. That influence is certainly evident in his choice of material for his work. Whether a piece is acid, salt & steel, or plaster with mineral pigmentation on steel, each resulting work is uniquely beautiful with […]

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: ELLA RICHARDS - June 20, 2014

“Meet #MCACBham’s 2014 Award Winners” series: ELLA RICHARDS New York, NY 2D Mixed Media A newbie to #MCACBham in 2014, Ella was the recipient of the B-Metro: The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living Award of Merit. We loved having her wonderful black & white scissor drawings in the show this year. Who knew they were […]

A 411 and Funny Interview with Chad Moore, our featured poster artist - April 26, 2014

What kicks off your normal process for creating one of your great photos? Does it vary? Do you see a potential set or scene, and a particular toy, then connect the dots to a storyline? It totally and completely varies. There are times when I have the whole concept already envisioned – the toy(s), the […]

And the winners are… - April 26, 2014

Our first day at Magic City Art Connection kick-started with sun, a cool breeze, and eager artists awaiting art loving patrons, plus a visit from the festival’s 2014 juror, Caroline Taylor – a contemporary art curator and private art advisor who has organzied international exhibitions and currently splits her time between New York and Montgomery for […]

Kinetic Communications helps MCAC’s website adapt for mobile devices - April 24, 2014

Have you noticed Magic City Art Connection’s website has a new look on your mobile devices? Thanks to platinum sponsor, Kinetic Communications, we are adapting for the wave of the future. After hearing that 35% of our website traffic last year came from mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, we agreed that it was […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 8 - April 24, 2014

Help our collectors discover great talent! Name 3 favorite artists who you have discovered at MCAC or other art shows over the last 3 years.  BUTCH OGELSBY, Photography Walt Strickland, Barry Graham, Rik Lazenby JILL SHARP, Jewelry I love and collect Eric Strange’s ceramics: https://www.facebook.com/ericbstrangepottery Su Abbott makes fantastic art: http://susustudios.com/ And Elaine Rader is […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 7 - April 24, 2014

What is your favorite snack food when you work in the studio? CHRISTY TURNIPSEED, Jewelry Homemade Granola, Kale Chips, anything salty but also sweet, so I also love making my own trial mix. VICKI DENAURG, Mixed Media I don’t snack while I paint. I’m usually so focused, I don’t like to stop! If I paint […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 6 - April 24, 2014

When you create, do you like silence or do you listen to music? If the latter, what type of music typically fills your studio? A.L. SWARTZ, 2D Mixed Media I listen to loud, heavy, skull crushing metal. And also the Skyrim soundtrack. VICKI DENAURG, Mixed Media I listen to very loud country music! Most of […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 5 - April 24, 2014

Do you have a favorite piece that you have created over the years? Describe it. JOEL LOCKRIDGE, Wood the last one, of course! VICKI DENAURG, Mixed Media My favorite piece that I have created is a 60 x 48 contemporary landscape, called “The Pond”. It’s special to me, because it’s the first piece I painted […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 4 - April 24, 2014

If you could make art in any city around the world, where would you go and why? MITCHELL BERG, 3D Mixed Media Detroit, definitely Detroit. I love abandoned wreckage, rusting and discarded heaps. I don’t know why but that’s a beautiful thing to me. When something has outlived it preciousness, it becomes more Real. I’ve […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 3 - April 24, 2014

If you had all the time in the world to hone your craft and create work in another art medium, which would it be and why? ATHLONE CLARK, Painting I would consider sculpting. I see figures and faces in rocks all the time and I hate to see them trapped like that. I think sculpting […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 2 - April 24, 2014

What artist tool do you use the most? How do you use it?  CHIHARU ROACH, Painting My paint brushes. I trim them down to very small brushes and paint acrylics on wood panels or rice papers. VICKI DENAURG, Mixed Media I use a palette knife the most. I use it for prepping, and also to […]

Art Shorts: An Artist Interview Blog Series – Question 1 - April 23, 2014

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? VICKI DENAURG, Mixed Media The most difficult part of my process is all of the prep work & layers that I apply to create texture. I’m usually so excited about the piece that I want to get started immediately, & I have to wait 24 […]

MCAC selects Sarah Heath as its 21st Emerging Artist Award Recipient - April 8, 2014

When you look at the intricate details in Sarah’s direct carved casting metal work, you would think a machine created it. Her absolute love for creating work through a repititive process makes you wonder, “Is she?”  “I become a sculpture machine, a robot driven with a rhythm set by something internal and carried out by […]

MCAC announces Chad Moore as its 2014 Poster Artist - March 21, 2014

Chad Moore’s art photography will make you smile, and even laugh. Aside from the fact that the images are great compositions and intellectual ticklers, their innate sense of humor is one of the reasons why Magic City Art Connection (MCAC, #MCACBham) selected his photography as the featured art for its 31st annual marketing campaign. Since […]

Intergalactic Art Bash – an epic odyssey to the future - March 7, 2014

Magic City Art Connection’s (MCAC) Intergalactic Art Bash blasted off to the future on February 22! The silver mylar tunnel entrance to Intergalactic’s spaceship shimmered and glowed against the dark night sky as guests arrived at Art Bash’s “another cool Birmingham space” on 3rd Avenue South, formerly NorDys Gallery. After checking in for their journey to […]

Happy New Years Eve! - December 31, 2013

Happy New Years Eve to our diverse Magic City Art Connection family! How we love and appreciate your generous support, partnership, creativity, spirit, and friendship. 2013 was a wild and wonderful year! Memorable for sure. As we look back, we are grateful for so much. MCAC31 comes with much anticipation and excitement. So, cheers to […]

Kinetic’s cool factor just went up! - August 5, 2013

You may best know Kinetic Communications for their great websites and other web based applications. They have a diverse client list from banks to construction firms, non-profits to real estate brokers, and Magic City Art Connection joined that list in 2013. Their creative team built our fantastic new website, which was unveiled for the festival’s […]

Sponsors value MCAC! - May 9, 2013

Magic City Art Connection sponsors believe that an active arts & culture environment make our city great. Because of the support of key sponsors,  MCAC has been FREE for families, children, and the community for 30 years, while existing as a major pillar on the entertainment and cultural landscape.  To continue this tradition, we are always searching for […]

And the awards go to… - May 7, 2013

Magic City Art Connection’s 2013 juror, Bayeté Ross Smith, came south from New York City thanks to a collaboration the festival has with his representation here in Birmingham, beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary Art. He had a huge undertaking at the 30th annual contemporary art festival. Jurying 215 artist booths in 4-6 hours is no easy […]

MCAC’s new mobile website experience is in Motion! - April 25, 2013

Over the last few months, plans have been in motion to create a fun user experience for visitors accessing the festival website on their smart phones during the show. The festival has partnered with Motion Mobs to build this interactive mobile website which we will unveil this weekend at the art show. MotionMobs is a fast […]

JEANNIE MADDOX & MICHAEL ZAVISON - April 24, 2013

ART-SHORTS: A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series JEANNIE MADDOX, Oil Painting  If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. The dead artist I would like to talk with at a dinner […]

Julie Sewell & Rhonda Corley - April 20, 2013

ART-SHORTS: A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series JULIE SEWELL, Ceramics  If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. I would love to invite and talk to Georgia O’Keefe. I have always […]

Peter Togel & Michael Terra - April 20, 2013

ART-SHORTS:  A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series  PETER TOGEL, 3-D MM If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. I would probably invite Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. His observation […]

ART-SHORTS: Louis and Christine Colombarini & Beth Conklin - April 16, 2013

ART-SHORTS: A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series LOUIS & CHRISTINE COLOMBARINI , Ceramics If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. Living…. Wes Hunting….. best living hot glass artist we know. Dead…. […]

The 30th annual Campaign: Fine Art meets Fine Design - April 15, 2013

The design of the 2013 Magic City Art Connection (MCAC) media campaign took shape by bringing together the work of a burgeoning local artist and a seasoned graphic designer with a keen, creative eye who also loves to collect art. Birmingham, Alabama’s Christopher Davis and his piece entitled “Boxer” with its pop art flare provided the base for Scott […]

ART-SHORTS: Leslie Ditto & Kevin Irwin - April 13, 2013

ART-SHORTS:  A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series LESLIE DITTO, Painting If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. I would invite Micheal Hussar( living) and Van Eyck( deceased). I stumbled upon […]

ART-SHORTS: Sharon Spillar & Michael Lee - April 12, 2013

ART-SHORTS: A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series SHARON SPILLAR, Painting If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. Su Abbot, fellow painter and Vincent Van Gogh  How long have you been […]

ART-SHORTS: Melanie Colvin & Jim Norton - April 11, 2013

ART-SHORTS:  A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series MELANIE COLVIN, Sculpture If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. Niki de Saint Phalle (deceased), because I am totally entranced by the scale […]

ART-SHORTS: Chiharu Roach & Kathleen Taylor - April 10, 2013

ART-SHORTS:  A Magic City Art Connection Artist Interview Blog Series CHIHARU ROACH, Painting If you could throw a dinner party and invite any artist to join, who would be on your guest list and why? Pick one living and one dead artist. Kiki Smith and Tamara De Lempicka-because they are great female artists and their […]

Corks & Chefs – where art, food and wine meet - April 6, 2013

Corks & Chefs is turning 16! This highly anticipated annual food & wine event at Magic City Art Connection is a taster’s paradise, and continues to serve up delicious food from Birmingham’s best restaurants, delectable wines from around the world, plus great local and national brews and select coffees. It’s a taster’s dream! Have fun […]

MCAC’s new website is Kinetic! - March 15, 2013

We LOVE our new website by Kinetic Communications! What better time to redesign than for the festival’s momentous 30th anniversary on April 26-28. Big thank you to the Kinetic team! Their organization, upbeat nothing-is-impossible attitude, and close attention to detail have made this website transition an absolute breeze. Their creative approach is providing MCAC a visually […]

Christopher Davis announced as 2013 MCAC Poster & Emerging Artist - January 30, 2013

It is our pleasure to announce that Birmingham artist Christopher Davis has been selected as the 19th recipient of the Magic City Art Connection’s Emerging Artist Award. This award was established to honor, support and present new artists of great artistic potential and integrity to the Festival’s sponsors, patrons and public. In addition to being honored […]