Celebrate Mexican Folk Art with Papel Picado

To continue this year's celebration of Frida Kahlo and Mexican folk art, the art center invites you to learn how to make Papel Picado with artist Maya Ankenbruck.

Papel Picado are vibrant paper decorations used to decorate celebrations in Mexico, like the Dia de los Muertos festival—or Day of the Dead—to honor those who have passed. 

Click here to learn more about the Papel Picado tradition and to make your own!

Frida Kahlo Garden Walk

June 16–August 11, 2020

Learn about the life and art of Frida Kahlo this summer with a garden tour honoring Frida's gardens at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico City. Walk, bike, or drive to see calla lilies, sunflowers, zinnias, elephant ears, and succulents—all native flowers that Frida loved—graciously planted by downtown businesses, non-profits, and local homeowners. 

Click here to access the interactive digital map and enjoy some outdoor fun!

Sponsored by the South Haven Community Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Edward Jones Office of Paul Hix, local businesses and non-profits, and private donations.

Beyond, Behind, Beneath

Narrative Self-Portraiture

Exhibition extended through

August 11, 2020

10th Annual Juried Exhibition

Online May 22–July 18, 2020

The South Haven Center for the Arts invited artists from across the nation to create narrative self-portraits. Artists were asked to take inspiration from the exhibition Frida Kahlo’s Garden—a National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit that presents an intimate look at how nature and culture nourished Kahlo's creativity and informed the narrative in her art. 

Click here to view the exhibit.

Self-Portrait In The Style of Frida Kahlo, by Kimberly Lyons

Fantastical Flora and Fauna

Regional Juried Online Exhibition

September 25–November 7, 2020

Save the Date!

Virtual Opening, September 25, 5:00–-6:00 p.m. EST

The South Haven Center for the Arts invites you to view artist visions of the fantastical flora and fauna that live in their imaginations. This exhibition continues the celebration of Frida Kahlo and her beloved garden at her home in Mexico City—Casa Azul—that inspired her artwork.

Join us for the virtual opening and awards ceremony on Friday, September 25, 5:00–6:00 p.m. EST. Registration information to follow. 

Artists click here to access the Call for Entry form. 

Call for Entry

72nd Annual Member Exhibition: "Six Feet"

May 15–June 19, 2021

Application Deadline

April 30, 2021

Artists click here to download and print the application.


Not a member? Click here to join today!

The South Haven Center for the Arts’ Exhibition Committee invites members to join us in interpreting the theme “Six Feet.” The theme came from social distancing “six feet apart,” and may draw to mind “six feet tall,” or may inspire you to quote Dr. Suess’s “Some have two feet, some have four, some have six feet, some have more.” The exhibition committee looks forward to seeing how you interpret this theme.


Become a Member Today!

The SHCA is a community-supported non-profit organization. Your membership dollars work year-round to enrich our area through the visual arts by supporting our operating and programming costs. Donations also provide for family and children's programming. 

Please see our membership levels to see what level best works for you.

Join or renew membership here.


South Haven Center for the Arts

600 Phoenix Street

South Haven, MI 49090

Closed temporarily due to COVID-19.
We are continuing the SHCA mission of enriching the community through the arts from our home offices.
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