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Art on Main

Art on MainA program of the City of Auburn, Art on Main is Auburn's newest art exhibition space. Artists are selected through an annual application process to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in a public window-front exhibition space in downtown Auburn. The program offers a $1,000 artist stipend to support the installation of new or existing work as site-specific projects. Art on Main is located on East Main Street between N. Division St. and Auburn Avenue.

For information on this art opportunity visit our Call To Artists page.


Current Exhibitions

Window front art exhibition
Bella Kim - October 12, 2022 -January 2, 2023
In a world is faced with the need to save the planet from human-caused global warming. Bella Kim wants to be part of that movement and reduce the consumption of energy and resources while creating her art. Kim finds it is easy to locate leftovers and packages from food or merchandise that are going to be thrown away. She sees their colors and textures as unique, special, and still gorgeous. Kim collects these plastics and prepares them for transformation, then cuts, washes, and dries them. She regroups them based on colors and textures, then sews and patches the various sized pieces to create the whole artwork.

Bella Kim loves to see the harmony of small and insignificant patches, which blend so well together, often making patterns, textures, and unexpected effects such as transparency, shadows, and even 3-dimensional structures. Most of her work is expressed in the composition of lines and planes. Inspired by Korean traditional and western abstract art, her creativity is often sparked by imagination from nature, and the world around her. This transformation of useless materials into meaningful results gives Kim endless joy and she hopes that people will appreciate how ordinary materials can be used for art.


Window front art exhibition
Michael Dinning - July 16 to October 2, 2022
 Michael Dinning has created an installation of artwork based around the central theme of American Fabric. The artwork is focused on imagery and ideas about the American experience, and the history of the country, as well as current issues and concerns. For this exhibit Dinning uses both free-standing and wall-hanging mixed-media pieces; all of which employ painted canvasses coupled with a wide variety of found objects, rustic wood and hardware, and light elements. The central concept is to present a collection of artwork that focuses on the issues of personal identity, history and location, those things that are specific to American history and society, as well as our identities within those confines.


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Anthony May Heinz - April 14 - July 4, 2022
Anthony May Heinz blurs lines between the real (natural) and artificial (human-processed) to portray relationships concerning nature, humans and technology. He rearranges and recombines fragments of these forms to reflect the omnipresence of grids in our world. Each fragment represents a disruption of time as recorded visually in woody vegetation (through the growth and change of its original, organic whole). Through geometric deformation, each material is interwoven so both sets of form mirror one another continuously, to allow possibility for non-orientable navigation. This conceptual play of fracturing and grafting like substrates illustrates particularities of past/present/future of Earth, to perceive time found in nature through an anthropocentric lens.


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Elena Thomas - January 14 -April 9, 2022
Where the Squares Aren’t is a sculptural installation created to be site-specific to the Art on Main window-front gallery on Main Street in downtown Auburn. It is made up of interlocking wood squares combined with black reflective acrylic and two-way mirrored acrylic. The artist made specific lighting choices to create shadows and reflections. As the piece goes from day to night the shadows and reflections change, offering a changing visual experience. By using reflective material, repetitive shape, and lighting, the work is meant to draw people in and challenge their visual perception. The acrylic sheets also show the reflections of people walking by, adding another layer of public engagement into the work.