Welcome to the Art Association of Oswego’s Website

Thank you for taking time to visit our website to learn more about what’s going on at the AAO.  Our exhibitions & classes are posted on our events calander.  Please come join us in the fun!

The Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East 4th Street in Oswego. Regular gallery hours are from 2-5 pm on weekends or by appointment.

Contact us at info@oswegoarts.org for any questions or comments about classes, exhibitions or volunteering.

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10 Reasons To Join The AAO

1. To keep the arts alive!

2. AAO Annual Member Show!
Display your artwork for free! The winner of “Best of Show” gets their own solo show the following year.

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2015 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition Accepted List

Here is the accepted list for the 2015 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition. Apologies for getting it up so late.

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2015 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition

The Art Association of Oswego is now accepting entries for the 18th Annual Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition. Entry in this exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older, living or working in New York State over the last 2 years. Acceptable media include: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, digital media and all fine craft. The purpose of the exhibition is to offer a diverse cross-section of artwork currently being produced in New York State.

The juror for this year’s exhibition will be Bradley Butler. Mr. Butler is the Gallery Director of Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY.  He is also a teacher and an accomplished painter and with an impressive exhibition record. He holds an undergraduate degree in Art Education from Nazareth College in Rochester and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from RIT.

The email deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 18.  The exhibition will run from Saturday March 28 through Sunday April 26.  Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded. Please go to our Exhibitions page for prospectus and instructions for entry. Call AAO President Laurie Kester @ (315) 343-6599 with questions. This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Exelon Corporation.




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AAO Phone # No Longer In Service

Hi All.  We’re in the middle of arranging to get Time Warner Cable into our building for internet/wifi and telephone.  Unfortunately, Time Warner discontinued our Verizon phone service LONG before they were ready to move forward with the install.  Until we get this situation straightened out, please use our e-mail (Info@OswegoArts.org) to contact us.

Thank you!

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2014 Holiday Art Tour & Raku Rendezvous

Arts Tour post cardThe Art Association of Oswego is proud to announce the 2014 Holiday Art Tour & Raku Rendezvous, which will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Begin at 2 PM at the AAO to purchase and glaze a ceramic vessel of your choice, and we will Raku fire it while you are visiting the other venues on the Art Tour from 3-6 PM. Get your Art Tour postcard (available at all participating locations) stamped/signed at each location you visit. Finish up the tour and the evening by returning to the AAO at 6 PM to retrieve your finished Raku pottery. Those who’ve gotten their postcard stamped at every location on the Art Tour may enter a drawing to win ceramics (pictured above) donated by Jeremy Blackburn and Christopher Jankovski. The drawing will be held at 6:30 PM.

Extend the fun even further by staying to enjoy a free Opening Reception for two new exhibits – “Magic of Architecture” by Oleg Suyston and “Childhood Musings and Monsters” by Joel Dodge. Reception ends at 9:00. Refreshments will be served.

Tour Participants (in alphabetic order)

  • Art Association of Oswego – north end of East Fourth St. – featuring artists: William DeMott, Sandra Dowie, Laurie Kester, Jane Van Emmerik, and Jeanne Czirr
  • Cidermoon Coffee – 170 W. 1st St.
  • Lakeside Artisans – 193 W. 1st St. (Canal Commons)
  • Midnight Sun – 215 W. 1st St.
  • Port City Copy Center – 184 Water St. (behind Canal Commons)
  • SUNY Downtown Gallery – 186 W. 1st St.
  • Taste the World – 193 W. 1st St. (Canal Commons)
  • The Coffee Connection – 145 Water St. (across from Old City Hall)
  • The Connection Point – 198 W. 1st St.
  • ZINK Shirts – 19 East Cayuga St.
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Two New Exhibits Opening at the AAO on November 22

Svystun design The Art Association of Oswego announces the opening of two new shows on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Oswego Civic Arts Center. In the Timothy McHenry Gallery on the second floor will be an exhibit of work by Ukrainian architect Oleg Svystun called “The Magic of Architecture”. Svystun, currently living in Rochester, will be exhibiting ultramodern two-dimensional designs and three-dimensional models (example shown above).

Also debuting on November 22, in conjunction with the architectural exhibit, will be recent work by artist Joel Dodge in the Jo Hyse Gallery on the first floor. Dodge, a recent graduate of Oswego State, will display a series of new ink drawings based on childhood musings and monsters.

The reception will be held from 7-9 pm. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Regular gallery hours will be from 2 – 5 on weekends and by appointment. The Oswego Civic Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East 4th Street in Oswego, directly across from Fort Ontario. “The Magic of Architecture” will remain open until December 21st. The end date for the Joel Dodge exhibition has yet to be determined. Contact them by phone at 315 343-5675.

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Class: Intro to Watercolor

Rossiter, Watercolor Still LifeKimberly Rossiter is teaching an introductory course that will focus on the fundamental techniques and concepts of watercolor. No experience or drawing skill needed.

Registration is open now, and pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Class will be held on October 20, 22, 27, & 29 from 9 AM – Noon.

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SUNY Oswego Faculty Show Opens October 10th

The SUNY Oswego art department’s Annual Faculty Exhibition will run October 10th to November 9th at the AAO Arts Center across from Fort Ontario. A free reception will take place on Friday, October 10th from 5 PM – 7 PM.

The exhibition’s hours will be 10 AM – 4 PM Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 PM – 5 PM Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information contact Michael Flanagan at 312-2112 or follow this link.

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“God of Wonders” Exhibition


The exhibition currently on display at the AAO is entitled “God of Wonders” – a selection of artwork created by Truth Seekers, a diverse group of creative individuals from various denominations who serve God through their art. This Oswego-based group’s vision is to share their common faith in Christ through creative expression. Their goal is to bring together like-minded individuals who have an interest in expressing their faith through their art.

Gallery Hours are 2-5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  The show will run from August 30 until September 28.  There is no charge for admission.

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Annual AAO Members’ Exhibition Opening Reception & Post Card Salon

aao 2014 members' show red posterThe Opening Reception for the AAO Annual Members’ Exhibition is Saturday, 7/19, from 7-9:00 PM at the AAO – located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego. The reception is free & open to the public.

During the reception, the AAO will be holding a Post Card Salon fundraiser. Postcard sized artwork (4×6) in all mediums will be sold for $10 each – 50% proceeds to AAO, 50% to the artist. Please come out to support the AAO & Local Artists!

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