September of 2022 will mark the 30th Annual Piqua Fine Art Exhibition. With artists represented from all over the state, this year's exhibit will feature a maximum of 180 works of art across six different categories including, drawing, oil & acrylics, water media, photography, three dimensional works, and miscellaneous works. The total prize money for this year's show, excluding purchase awards, will be over $4000.
Celebrity Sponsor: Kettering Health
Piqua Arts Council will host three workshops in 2022: a Spring Watercolor Workshop, a Summer Pastel Workshop, and a Fall Oil Painting Workshop. Each workshop features a different nationally awarded artist to teach for four days. Workshops typically run from 9am - 4pm with lunches provided and the registration fee is kept extremely low thanks to funding provided by our sponsors.
This program focusing on bringing quality art programming into the Piqua Schools. Focusing on four segments of the school population, Kindergarten, First through Third Grades, Fourth through Sixth Grade, and Seventh through Twelfth, this program looks to directly impact students at every grade level.
Bussing Paid for by: Ohio Arts Council
Piqua Arts Council partners with local restaurants in hosting Community Nights and Dine & Donates, supporting PAC. During the evening of each Community Night, a portion of the restaurant proceeds is donated to the Piqua Arts Council. Each night typically brings live entertainment from local musicians, an art exhibit and/or demonstrations by local artists. This year, Condado Tacos will host a Dine & Donate on Wednesday, July 27 from 6-9pm, and Moeller Brew Barn will host a Community Night on Tuesday, September 13 from 5-9pm at their Troy location in support of the Piqua Arts Council.
Dancing with the Piqua Stars is back, with a new cast, great sponsor and another exciting competition. On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, a group of well-known community members tested new skills as they danced for charity at Piqua Arts Council’s eleventh year of Dancing with the Piqua Stars. The popular fundraising event is modeled after the long-running television series. Piqua Arts Council welcomed back Hartzell Propeller as the 2022 celebrity sponsor.
Join us in learning about our local artists! In 2021, the Piqua Arts Council kicked off a new documentary series interviews with some of our area's home grown artists. These virtual interviews were uploaded to the Piqua Arts Council Youtube and Facebook page at 6pm every second and fourth Thursday of each month. The featured artists in 2021 included Jess Nielson, Jimmy Felts, Tammy Chaney, Christian Starrett, Darby Dubp, Mike Underwood, Mike Wendeln, Bobbie DeBrito, Dan Rosenbaum, Mike Houser, and Jared & Justin Younce of ReFlektion. Piqua Arts Council will be expanding the Home Grown Arts Program into 2022. Stay tuned for more artists!
Sponsored by: Neils A. and Ruth Lundgard Foundation
Utilizing the office space at 427 N. Main St, the Piqua Arts Council started a new program years ago, centered on creating a space for members to share their artistic creations. Any member of PAC has the opportunity to display work in the gallery. Novice artists to professional artists are all welcome with artwork being rotated quarterly. The gallery is open weekdays from 10am to 2pm and for special events. In April of 2013, Piqua Arts Council and Riverside of Miami County teamed up for a permanent display in the PAC Members’ Gallery. Riverside of Miami County has 20 plus works of art from their consumers on display in the gallery and will rotate the pieces throughout the year. The display features depictions of famous paintings to original works of art and promises to be one of the most heartfelt exhibits in the area.
In 2020, Piqua Arts Council took on one of their biggest tasks yet by attempting to raise more than $100,000 to support the musicians of Miami and Montgomery Counties who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These concerts were held virtually once a week at 7pm. Music ranged from Beach Boys to Country and into current hits and pop-punk music. All sponsorship dollars raised go directly back to the musicians. The bands who participated were Zack Attack!, The Fries Band, The Kid & The Riff Raff, ReFlektion, Jamie Suttle and Brother Believe Me. These virtual concerts can be found on the Piqua Arts Council's Youtube and Facebook page.
Piqua Arts Council is still taking sponsors and donations for the Musicians' Benefit Concert.
For the fourth time, Piqua Arts Council will host the West Central Regional Final for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud Competition. The National Endowment for the Arts works with state partners, the Ohio Arts Council in our case, and in turn, work with regional partners to host this competition where the winner takes home a $20,000 cash prize. Piqua Arts Council is responsible for a twelve-county region. Participating students in the past have come from Piqua High School, Xenia High School, Jefferson Township High School, Kettering Fairmont High School, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, and Milton-Union High School. The 2023 competition will take place on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm.
Sponsored by: Ohio Arts Council
The Rock Piqua Food Truck & Music Festival is a FREE all-day festival to happen on Saturday, June 18th from 3pm - 11pm in Downtown Piqua. This festival will include food from various food trucks, local craft and domestic beer, and live entertainment from regional bands and cover bands. The Rock Piqua Food Truck & Music Festival has served the Piqua community and beyond for over 8 years, and continues to deliver a successful music-based art event that is fun for everyone.
The Piqua Arts Council's Sounds of the Season Concert will take place on December 3rd, 2022 at St. James Episcopal Church on High St. The event will begin at 5pm and includes a cookies and punch reception to follow. Last year's concert featured local and regional performers such as John Simon, Jimmy Felts, Victoria Smith, and members of St. James Episcopal Church Patti Haller, Jane Kretschmann, Don Kutcha and Ryan Ramey.
Welcome to Piqua, where the Arts are ALIVE! In 2021, Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua combined Taste of the Arts and the Arts and Ale Festival in a new event: Taste of Piqua! With artisans from all over providing crafts and fine art for you to purchase, live entertainment, food and drinks from local vendors, a plein air competition and a kids entertainment area, this event was one of the "can't miss" attractions in the community. Taste of Piqua took place on September 18th from 12pm - 10pm in Downtown Piqua.
We love hearing from our patrons on ideas they would like to see Piqua Arts Council consider. The link below will take you to a form where you can submit your own idea for our consideration. The form will be presented to the Board of Trustees and they will compare the idea with the overall vision and direction the organization is planning in the future.
We appreciate you taking the time to submit an idea.