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The John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is tightly focused by theme or medium. You can encounter an installation project juried by a museum curator, or the latest painting by an AACC Student. Expect surprises and visual pleasures.


Fall 2019

Newsprint: The Medium that Launched Comics
Curated by Warren Bernard
Aug. 13 - Sept. 27, 2019

Public Reception with Warren Bernard
5-7 p.m., September 11, 2019


Warren Bernard is a comics historian who has lectured on various topics at the Library of Congress, University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Cartoon Studies and other institutions. His book Cartoons for Victory, was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. Warren contributed articles to such magazines as The Comics Journal and Military History, as well curating an exhibition at the prestigious Society of Illustrators. He is also the Executive Director of Small Press Expo and recently established The Warren Bernard Collection by donating works to the Library of Congress.


This exhibit traces the use of newsprint in comics from its first commercial application in 1892, through the adoption of this very old medium by the indie comics world of today. The exhibit features over 40 historic and contemporary works on newsprint from the collection of Warren Bernard.  Included are works artworks from such contemporary publications as Magic Bullet and Smoke Signals, as well as important historical works from Little Nemo in Slumberland, Gasoline Alley, The Spirit, and more.

The multi-billion dollar pop culture phenomenon of comics finds it roots in the cheap paper known as newsprint. The colorful world of newspaper comic strip characters and today's superheroes can trace itself back the 1890s with the then-new high-speed, color printing presses that gave publishers a competitive edge in the bruising newspaper circulation wars of the time. The large size of a broadsheet newspaper gave both editors and artists an amazing canvas upon which such creations as Little Nemo in Slumberland, Gasoline Alley and The Spirit were born.

Here in the 21st Century, we still find newsprint relevant to the comics world, even as physical newspapers and comic books fade in favor of digital content. Newsprint’s cheap production price coupled with the latest technologies have led publishers and creators of indie comics to embrace the format. This has led to the creation of such long-running newsprint based publications as Smoke Signals and Magic Bullet, both mainstays of the indie comics field. The editors and artists of these and other newsprint publications across the United States can design their comics leveraging the larger form factor of newsprint in creating layouts and compositions that could not be entertained in either smaller print formats such as comic books, or any digital medium.

New Works: A Showcase of AACC Visual Arts Faculty
AACC Visual Arts Faculty
Oct. 15-Nov. 14, 2019

Public Reception
5-7 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019

The annual Anne Arundel Community College Visual Arts faculty exhibit will explore a wealth of new work created by AACC's faculty members. This fall’s exhibit, “New Works,” includes works created in the last two years by the vibrant artists teaching in the college's Visual Arts department. Works will include photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, ceramics and video.

Visualizing the Word
National Juried Art Exhibition
Nov. 26, 2019 - Jan. 24, 2020

Juror's Talk 
5:30 p.m., Nov. 26, 2019

Public Reception
5-7 p.m., Nov. 26, 2019

Jon West-Bey


Jon West-Bey is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Washington, DC. He is also a Lecturer in the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. During his over 20-year career, Jon has curated more than 40 exhibitions and produced and managed numerous award winning public, educational and multimedia programs. Most recently, Jon was the Curator of the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where his work focused on developing the University's visual art collection, curating UMUC’s public spaces, and producing exhibitions that featured artwork from local, national and internationally known artists.  He is also the founder of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC and spent 10 years as its executive director.

Spring 2020

Grey Matter: A Response to Blackness
Curated by Thomas James
Feb. 6 - March 5, 2020

Public Reception
5-7 p.m. Feb. 12

Ernest Shaw
Charles Mason III
Omolara Williams McCallister
McKinley Wallace III


This exhibition is an examination of how Blackness has been perceived and responded to by America’s dominant society throughout history including the educational system, law enforcement and public policies. The artworks explore how these responses have affected those that identify, or are classified as, Black.


A native of the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Thomas James began his work as an independent curator in 2015. Before coming to Baltimore and joining Creative Alliance in 2018, he was responsible for crafting exhibitions with organizations such as Maryland Federation of Art, The Phillips Collection, Town Hall Education and Recreation Center (THEARC), The Jerusalem Fund, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Call Back: Artists Inspired by American Musical Traditions
A national curated exhibit by Teddy Johnson and Matt Klos

Public Opening: POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020




Annual Student Exhibit
May 7 – June 3, 2020

Public Reception
To Be Announced


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