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Galleries and Exhibits at The Morris Museum of Art
May 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 12, 2018
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, repeating until August 12, 2018
The Morris Museum of Art
Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Youth, 13–17, $3
Child, 12 and younger, Free
Student with ID, $3
Military with ID, $3
Senior, 65 and older, $3
Museum members, Free
No admission charge on Sundays
Augusta Collect Southern Art
Feb. 3 – April 29, 2018
This exhibition, drawn from private collections, demonstrates two things: first, that there is great depth within private collections in the Augusta area, and second, that the Morris Museum of Art, over the length of its twenty-five-year-long history, has had a significant influence on Augusta’s collectors, helping to school them in the art of the South and to guide them toward work of high quality and lasting value.
Augusta Collects includes work by artists from every part of this larger South, including a traditional landscape painting by Texas artist Porfirio Salinas, Jr., and an abstract vision of the landscape of coastal South Carolina by Brian Rutenberg. Of local interest are paintings by two early directors of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Horace Talmage Day and Elizabeth Panknin Wright, as well as paintings by some of Augusta University’s William S. Morris Eminent Scholars in Art—Philip Morsberger, Tom Nakashima, and Cheryl Goldsleger. Such Morris Museum favorites as Jonathan Green and Edward Rice are also represented here, as are a few surprises, both historical and contemporary.
Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain
January 18 – April 15, 2018
Beginning January 18, this exhibition features sixty beautiful, highly detailed watercolors by artist Alan Shuptrine. It celebrates the historical and cultural connections between the land and people of the Appalachian Mountains and those of the British Isles—Celtic traditions brought to America in the eighteenth century that are still present today.
An artist of stunning technical precision, Shuptrine has documented the region’s rich European heritage and captured the spirit of rural mountain life. His work highlights time-honored traditions of the area such as quilting and farming; architectural elements of the region—frame houses, tin-roofed barns, and wooden pasture fences; and stunning, serene landscapes of the Appalachian mountain range.
The Academy of Golf Art: Artists of the Game
February 24 – May 13, 2018
The Academy of Golf Art marks its fifteenth anniversary in 2018 with its first-ever exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art. The exhibition includes twenty-seven works—sculpture, paintings, works on paper, and photographs—by renowned golf artists Richard Chorley, Hertfordshire, England; David Coolidge, Naples, Florida; Glenn Davis, Hurst, Texas; the late Leslie B. DeMille; Dom Furore, Traverse City, Michigan; Linda Hartough, Okatie, South Carolina; George T. Lawrence, Jr., Westhampton Beach, New York; Brad Pearson, Holdrege, Nebraska; and Noble A. Powell III, Port Hueneme, California.
The academy accomplishes its goals through public education and the exhibition of works of art that represent the game of golf, as well as its physical settings, participants, and traditions. Demonstrations, competitions, and critiques sponsored by the academy supplement and complement its educational efforts. The academy sustains an open artist network that promotes the exchange of ideas and information related to golf and the industry that supports it.
Paintings By Stephen Estrada
April 28 – July 29, 2018
Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Southern California. He grew up hiking in the nearby mountains and deserts and surfing. Those early experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for the power and fragility of the natural environment. His mother, a painter who had studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a continuous source of encouragement to him and his early interest in art. After his graduation from high school in North Carolina, where the Estrada family had relocated, he attended the Art Institute of Boston. He rented a studio in the Plant Shoe Factory, a thriving artists’ enclave, but in early 1976 fire destroyed the building and the work of more than one hundred artists. Soon after, he moved to Washington, D.C., to attend the Corcoran School of Art, where he studied with William Christenberry and Robert Stackhouse, who encouraged his exploration of the natural world as a source for his paintings.
In 1987 he took a job at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where he began a successful twenty-five-year-long museum career—first as an exhibition designer at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and later as the design chief overseeing exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum. After service as the curator and director of the United States Diplomacy Center, where he worked with six secretaries of state to create a new museum to promote a better understanding of diplomacy, he retired and returned to the studio full-time.
He continues to work from his studio in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has exhibited widely on the East Coast, and his work is included in numerous public and private collections all over the country. This is his first exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art. (Information from www.stephenestradaart.com)
Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey
May 12 – August 12, 2018
Robert Vickrey, born in 1926 in Manhattan, studied art at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut, before enlisting in the navy’s V-12 officers’ training program, which sent him to study at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Yale University in New Haven. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Yale in 1947, he spent a year in New York studying with Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League before returning to Yale, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1950.
In the 1950s and 1960s Vickrey was a highly visible artist, included in no fewer than nine of the Whitney Museum’s annual exhibitions showcasing contemporary art. He was also commissioned to paint dozens of portraits for the cover of Time, notably a portrait from life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the magazine’s Man of the Year issue in 1964.
His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Morris Museum of Art, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. (Information from Vickrey’s obituary in the New York Times, April 20, 2011.)
Paintings by Edgar Hewitt Nye
May 16 – July 29, 2018
Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1879, Edgar Hewitt Nye lived, worked, and taught in Washington, D.C., for fifty-eight years. He was educated in public schools before entering the Corcoran School of Art at age thirteen, where he studied for eight years before setting off on the requisite grand tour of Europe. Along the way, he married and spent a brief time studying at Oxford. On the Nyes’ return to Washington, he settled into his studio and began to produce a vast body of work, mainly landscapes and street scenes. He exhibited widely in Washington and elsewhere. His work was included in group exhibitions hosted by the Washington Water Color Club, the Society of Washington Artists, the Society of Independent Artists, the Washington Landscape Club, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was the recipient of many honors and awards, and on the first anniversary of his death the Corcoran Gallery of Art presented a memorial exhibition of his work in recognition of the prominent place he held in the Washington art community. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Collection of the National Gallery of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art, to cite just a few. (Information from www.studioantiquesandfineart.com.)
Contemporary Studio Art Glass from the Collection of Eugene Fleischer
The history of the studio glass movement in America is relatively brief. In fact, it’s barely more than fifty years old, dating back to demonstrations conducted by Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The historical context for its beginnings, the Cold War era, is endlessly interesting.
In this, the second exhibition that the Morris Museum has organized from his collection, we have once again—for reasons of coherence (and with a nod toward the limitations of space)—kept the selection to American glass artists. Among those whose work is now on display are Harvey Littleton, the founder of America’s modern studio art glass movement, Dan Dailey, Rollin Karg, and Tommie Rush—all of them represented by examples of their work that have never been exhibited before.
This is the first installation in what is planned as a continuing display of studio art glass from the Fleischer Collection. The collection will be on indefinite display and, periodically, will be refreshed with other pieces from the collection.