The Majestic Galleries cooperative, a community of artists, is located on the Historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio. In 2003, local artists renovated the building, a former movie theater, and transformed it into one of the best professional art spaces in Southeast Ohio.
The Majestic has continuously hosted exhibitions for a twenty-year run. There was an almost one-year break in exhibitions from May 2015 to March, 2016 due to a fire in an adjacent building. The Majestic reopened on March 25, 2016.
Some significant exhibitions have include an annual National Juried Exhibition in the fall, an annual K12 show from local schools in the spring, the Governor's high school art winners, workshop space for Honey For The Heart (a community building project), and curated invitationals, such as “Storytime”, an artist book exhibition in which we partnered with Ohio University’s Mahn Center for Rare Books of Alden Library. We contracted with Ohio University to allow the art department to curate one show in each of year from 2017-2019, and then again in 2021-2024, we launched a series of educational lectures relevant to selected exhibitions. The Majestic has hosted from one to five graduate thesis shows each year. We have partnered with Rural Action and Little Cities of the Black Diamonds to produce Art From Acid Mine Drainage Invitational, inviting specific artists to create work utilizing paints produced by True Pigments, a division of Rural Action, that are made from oxides extracted from waterways in Southeast Ohio. Other area partnerships on exhibitions were Passion Works. The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Starbrick Gallery and the Cannabis Museum.
Run entirely by members, the Majestic is a key element in the revitalization of downtown Nelsonville. While our student membership is in flux, a stable core membership lets us broaden the Majestic's outreach and educational goals. Our 501c3 nonprofit status is helpful in achieving these expanded horizons.
Photo from our 20th Anniversary Party