2023-2024 Visual ARTS SEASON

" The Art of Mechanics"
Featured Artist
Anna Grant Dean

September 11 - November 11, 2023

Cain Center for the Arts


Anna G. Dean is an interdisciplinary artist, working in sculpture, installation, video and mixed media. She began her career in Art Education, with a focus on Contemporary Art and Arts Integration.

Anna was recently a part of the Class of ’23 in ArtPop Street Gallery. Anna’s work demonstrates the creative process as well as the understanding of engineering. Her ability to install large scale sculpture truly demonstrates how creative the mind can be. 


RECEPTION: Join us for our opening reception on
Friday,  September 22; 6:30pm- 8:30pm


Mud at the Mill

September 11 - November 11, 2023

Cornelius Arts Center

ABOUT THE SHOW: The gallery show showcases functional, sculptural, and experimental work that utilizes clay as the primary material. The show is open to all – from students to established artist- as we celebrate a variety of use and techniques.

Reception Date: Friday, September 15th; 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Justifying Our Lens

November 20, 2023 - January 5, 2024

Cain Center for the Arts


In a special new exhibit, Cain Center for the Arts has collaborated with two organizations in the Lake Norman area to bring something totally new to our region. The exhibit highlights and celebrates the original art of participants in the innovative programming at Hinds Feet Farm, a nonprofit that works to maximize the post injury potential of persons living with brain injury.

Through a series of workshops with Cain Center for the Arts and our friends at Davidson College, participants from Hinds Feet Farm have created original pieces of art that offer a response to the prompt:

“This is what I love…and this is how I see it.”

The new exhibit, thoughtfully titled “Justifying Our Lens,” is now open at Cain Center for the Arts, and features a unique showcase based on perception and expression.

A special opening celebration will be held on December 7 from 11am-1pm for the artists to see their projects professionally framed and carefully curated in Cain Center’s gallery – a beautiful space looking right out into Downtown Cornelius.

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of art to bring people together and offer a key component to the healing process.

Join the Town of Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department, Smithville Community Coalition, and Cain Center for the Arts for the annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 24, 5:30-7 p.m.


February 12 - March 1, 2024

Cain Center for the Arts


Artwork by Bae Hart will be on display at Cain Center for the Arts from February 12-March 1. Public viewing hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hart’s impressive career has seen her work featured by some of the most influential brands, publications, media outlets and museums in the world, using her photography to capture the essence of Black culture and elevate its visibility on a global stage. Through her work, she aims to showcase the rich and diverse experiences of Black people everywhere, celebrating their unique contributions to society and encouraging greater understanding and acceptance.

Director's Choice

January 22 – March 29, 2024


Cain Center for the Arts


Cain Center’s Visual Arts and Education Director Simone El Bey has curated a special exhibit showcasing local artists that we have come to love as an organization.  This hand-selected group of artists share more than a love for visual arts with our team. These artists believe in our mission, and, more importantly, our commitment to the community. 

This exhibit includes artwork from various mediums, with each artist supporting Cain Center for the Arts with their submission. The Director’s Choice Exhibit celebrates Cain Center’s Community Impact Programs, and 50% of the proceeds made from the exhibit will support the continuation and expansion of these initiatives. The other 50% will go to the exhibiting artists in support of our local visual arts community. Private viewings may be available upon request.

Please join us for a free opening reception on February 2 from 6:30-8:30pm at Cain Center for the Arts to celebrate this exciting project. There will also be a special free Artist Talk on February 23 at 6:30pm which will allow the public a chance to hear from several of the exhibit’s featured artists.   

Home Grown &
Home Grown Junior!

January 22 - March 29, 2024


Cornelius Arts Center


Home Grown is an annual mixed media exhibit celebrating our artistic community. Artists of all levels are invited to submit 2D and 3D work. This is a non-juried exhibit that allows our community of artists to explore their creativity. 

 For the first time ever, Cain Center for the Arts is adding an additional component – Home Grown Junior! This portion of the exhibit will allow artists from the ages of 10-16 to submit their work as well.  

Please consider joining us for a free opening reception on Friday, January 26th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cornelius Arts Center. Refreshments will be provided.


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