Current and Upcoming Shows


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. OAC Website.

We are very grateful for their support, which helps us to provide meaningful arts experiences to the citizens and students of Northwest Ohio.

Fluent Expression: Modern and Traditional Chinese Painting


September 4 – 30   

Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20, 10 am – 1 pm

Guóhuà  - Workshops for Painting in the Traditional Chinese Style 

Monday, September 21

     5 -6 pm     ARTtalk: Xinle Ma, Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center
     6 - 8 pm      Opening Reception in the Fine Arts Center Willard Wankelman Gallery


BGSU alumnus Xinle Ma (MFA 1995) has curated an exhibition of established Chinese painters whose work weaves a sinuous thread between modern Western and traditional Chinese influences.  To American eyes, these painters’ traditional subjects and their often graphic flatness appears very stylized and ‘Chinese.’  However, the Chinese eye may see a dramatic break from the fluid calligraphic lines and sheer color that depicts nature, balance and harmony in traditional painting. Through the use of such innovations as denser color, varied media and more ‘materiality,’ these artists create entryways between an ancient and sublime artistic culture and the influences of the West, while respecting time-honored ideas. Ma, born in 1963, shows internationally in China and the U.S. and is represented by Elizabeth Wang Gallery in New York.  This exhibition will be comprised of approximately 40 paintings by three artists in addition to Ma, including Yu Zhixue, renowned in China for his snow scenes and landscapes, Liu Dawei, another major artistic figure whose accolades are legion, and Professor Mou Cheng, also known for his snow landscapes, who is one of the most revered artists in China.



NW Ohio/SE Michigan Juried High School Art Show

September 12 –October 4 

View the impressive talents of gifted high school artists from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in this highly competitive juried exhibition organized by Jason Sanderson of Bedford High School. 

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All exhibitions are free and the public is welcome.

All galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery.

Gallery Hours during exhibitions:
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These hours may change during summer exhibitions - please check the exhibition description!
The Galleries are also open by special appointment for group visits.

The Fine Arts Center gratefully recognizes generous support from:
The Ohio Arts Council
BGSU Ethnic Cultural Arts Program