2015 -16 Exhibition Season

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents two new summer exhibitions to close the 2015-16 Season

The Convict and a Boy : A Graphic Novel by Kenney Mencher


I Don’t Get It : Ceramics by Bruce Cadman

May 28th - July 16th, 2016
GWF Energy & Souza Galleries

• Opening Reception •
Saturday, May 28th, from 12 to 2 pm
Artist Meet-n-Greet : Live Music by Common Thread
Hospitality Services provided with generous support from the Grand Foundation

• Downtown Tracy Artwalk & Mural Project •
Friday, June 10th, from 6 to 8:30 pm
Mr. Mencher will be painting a mural on 7th Street during the Artwalk.

• Gallery Talk with the Artists •
Saturday, June 11th, from 12 to 2 pm
Join Mr. Mencher & Mr. Cadman in an interactive discussion about the exhibits and their creative processes.

• Kenney Mencher  :  Artist-In-Residence •

Wednesday, June 15th through Saturday, June 18th
Meet  Mr. Mencher & see the creation of new works inside of the exhibit!

• Comic Drawing Workshop •
Saturday, June 18th, from 10 am to 2 pm
Join Mr. Mencher in this hands-on workshop!
Breakfast hospitality will be provided.  Participants can take a lunch break from 12 to 12:45 pm.
Ages 14 to Adult - no experience is necessary - all supplies included
Registration is required:  $10 for Tracy residents & $12 for non-residents

• The Exhibitions, Opening Reception, Gallery Talk, and Residency are free and open to the public! •

The Convict and a Boy presents drawings and watercolor paintings by Bay-Area artist, Kenney Mencher. This unique and immersive exhibition will fill the Energy Gallery with numerous original works created for the publication of a graphic novel. Black and white images will be installed in a narrative sequence with video animations. The story features two characters, a young boy and a middle-aged convict/business man, who travel though a series of surreal landscapes on a meaningful journey.
Kenney Mencher is multi-talented artist, illustrator, lecturer and educator. He holds a B.A. in Art History from City University of New York – Lehman College, Bronx, NY, M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Davis, CA and M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Mencher has exhibited nationally for over 25 years and has served as Professor of Art & Art History at Ohlone College in Fremont in since 1999. Known for his cinematic figurative paintings, Kenney’s work references film, pop culture and human drama in genre-based, mysterious and funny compositions.
The Grand invites the public to meet and interact with Mr. Mencher as he works in our community this summer as Artist-In-Residence. Across three days in June, Kenney will be working in the Energy Gallery where artists, comic fans and the community-at-large are welcome to drop-in, converse and observe his latest creations and creative practice. At the end of the week, Kenney will teach a hands-on Comic Drawing Workshop inside of the current exhibition.
I Don’t Get It presents a selection of recent ceramics works by Stockton artist Bruce Cadman. Cadman creates brightly colored and illustrated plates, teapots and sculptures depicting characters, spaceships and animals as humorous metaphors, childhood memories and social commentary.
Bruce Cadman is retired railroad conductor and a celebrated second-generation Californian ceramic artist – a contemporary of Joe Mariscal, Bill Abright and Michael Lucero – who studied under the Bruce Duke. Mr. Cadman attended Sonoma State College and San Joaquin Delta College and has exhibited professionally across the region since the 1970’s. While recognized for his teapots, which fuse surreal combinations of rayguns and toys with female anatomy, he is also a highly skilled painter.

Art Co-Opted

Special exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from over 40 artists are featured in the South Gallery. These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points for a limited time only in this unique venue.  Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Art Co-Opted is presented  as the featured exhibition in November and December annually as part of the seasonal Holidays at the Grand programming.

Artists and designers interested in showing/selling work in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • +1 hour prior to most ticketed Presenting Program events in the theatres.
  • The Galleries are closed in between exhibitions.
  • The Galleries are closed on May 30th for Memorial Day and on July 2nd & 4th for Independence Day

Contact Us

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue,
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: 209-831-6TKT (6858)
Fax: 209-831-6271

boxoffice at ci.tracy.ca.us

Facility Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
On hour prior to ticketed performances.

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