Carter Art Center

2024 "Show Your Art Here"

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to showcase and sell your art in our first
communitywide, MCC scholarship fundraiser art exhibition “SHOW YOUR ART
HERE” in the Carter Art Center Gallery.

Deadline for submission is Saturday, Sept. 18th. Form closes at 5 p.m. CST.

Step 1 - Purchase entry fee
Purchase your artwork(s) submission entry fee. It is $20 for
your FIRST entry submission. A max of five entries per artist. Need help? Contact or 816.604.4326. We will help you with over
the phone or in-person submissions during gallery hours starting on Aug 21.

Step 2 - Fill out your artwork(s) label form
You will receive an email directing you to a form asking for your art title and sales details. You will keep 100% of your sale if you do your own transactions, or you may donate 50% of your sale if MCC processes your transactions.

Step 3 - Delivery your artwork(s) to the Carter Art Center Gallery
Dates/times: Wednesday–Friday, Aug. 21 through Sept. 18 (1-5 p.m.) and
Saturdays, Aug 24, Aug 31 and Sept. 14, (12-3 p.m.)

Art Size Limits

  • Hanging work may not exceed 30 lbs. per unit and is limited to
    36” (including frame) in either direction.
  • Three-dimensional work should not exceed 25 lbs. or 20” in any direction.
  • No saw tooth hangers or drywall screws allowed due to the fabric gallery walls.
  • Wired frames, D rings or OOK brand small nails, and T-pins only.
  • Artwork must be gallery ready to install.

Schedule of Events

Opening reception:
Wednesday, September 25, 2024, 1-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 3 p.m.

The Carter Art Center Gallery is closed for the summer June 4 through August 21.

2024 MCC Student Portfolio

Carter Art CenterAbout Carter Art Center

The Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology (also known as the Carter Art Center)

Graphic design and art have always been stand-out programs at MCC-Penn Valley. In March 2003, Penn Valley dedicated the 25,000 square foot Carter Art Center which provides state-of-the-art computer labs, lecture hall, fine art studio spaces and gallery.

Each year hundreds of students in the Kansas City region take day and evening classes in the graphic arts, studio arts and art history, preparing for transfer to baccalaureate programs or immediately to professional practice. Students benefit from study with MCC faculty who are skilled and prolific in their respective fields.

The gallery provides a gathering place for community and students to celebrate and enjoy the visual arts, featuring exhibits that educate, challenge and inspire through a wide variety of media, techniques and artists. On the lawn outside of the Carter Art Center, you'll find a stainless steel sculpture by Rita Blitt, "Black Box VII: Aspects of Nature II." Even more artifacts of a permanent collection can be found in Anna's Room and throughout the entire building.

We encourage you to join the Friends of the Carter Art Center and help provide financial and community support so the college can continue to grow through its quality art exhibits, scholarships and opportunities for arts education. Several students each year benefit from the gift and scholarship support. "Friends" get VIP access to exhibit previews.

The Carter Art Center reviews proposals for exhibitions on a yearly cycle. Group and solo exhibitions are possible and all media are considered. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to give public talks and/or critiques for students. Interested artists can contact the Gallery Director regarding exhibition prospects.


The mission of the Metropolitan Community College Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures.

Arthur Kraft Tree of Life Scholarship

Arthur Kraft Scholarship

In support of the Arthur Kraft Scholarship, the FRIENDS of the Carter Art Center along with the MCC Foundation are selling original Arthur Kraft Tree of Life lithographs for $150. Lithographs are signed by the artist and numbered.

Purchase one for your collection today!


Become a friend

Support the arts or purchase a gallery membership

Location and hours

The Carter Art Center Gallery
3201 SW Trafficway,Kansas City, MO 64111

The gallery is open for visitors:
Monday - Tuesday: Closed 
Wednesday - Friday:  1:00 - 5:00 pm 
Saturday: Noon - 3:00 pm 

Follow us on Twitter/X: @cartergallery

MCC Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design Program Information
Program Coordinator: Darlene Town, 816.604.4757

Past Exhibits

The mission of the Metropolitan Community College Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures. 

Show Your Art Here - 2024

Graphic Design Students Portfolio Exhibition - 2024

MCC Student Art Exhibit and Sale - 2024

Rhythms in Nature: An Exploration of Patterns - 2024

On the Horizon - 2023

Faculty Art Exhibit - Fall 2023

Graphic Design Students Portfolio - 2023

Student Art Show and Sale - 2023

Our featured artists tell their stories through their artworks and artists talks. We invite you to tell your story through some art-making storytelling activities that will be collected and exhibited.

THREADS: Tell your story here - 2023

Carter Art Center KC Prints Exhibition - 2022

The MCC Art Faculty will present their latest works in this annual exhibit, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and mixed media.

Art Faculty Exhibition - 2022

Graphic Design Student Portfolio Exhibition - 2022

Student Art Exhibit/Sale - 2022

La Onda - 2022

Ambiguous - 2021

MCC Art Faculty Virtual Art Exhibition - 2021

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2021

Creative Spaces - 2021

MCC Art Scholarship Fundraising Exhibition - 2020

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2020

Receptions - 2019

MCC Art Faculty Virtual Art Exhibition - 2019

Student Art Exhibit/Sale - 2019

Colla Voce - 2019

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2019