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Exhibits at The Morris Museum of Art
May 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 25, 2018
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, repeating until November 25, 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
Child (12 and younger): Free
Youth (13–17): $3
Student with ID: $3
Military with ID: $3
Senior (65 and older): $3
Museum members: Free
No admission charge on Sundays
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 1, 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.)
February Sun: Paintings by Charles Edward Williams
August 1– October 7, 2018
February Sun is a collection of paintings drawn from the series Everyone Loves the Sunshine. These works convey Williams’s response to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He tells stories told to him by his grandmother about this period in American history, and he shares her belief, which has guided him in his work: “Stay in the light, stay positive.”
Charles Williams, a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, earned a BFA degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the country and is included in the collections of leading museums.
February Sun, informed by the abstract paintings of Franz Kline and the color theories of Josef Albers, references God’s love, emotional and physical nourishment and care, and the growth of all living beings. Williams believes that we all hope to find our place in the sun.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler
August 11–November 4, 2018
Everett Raymond Kinstler, who turns ninety-two August 5, has painted more than two thousand portraits of leaders in almost every professional field, including eight United States presidents. America Creative explores how the eye of the artist sees kindred souls whose life’s work is also in the arts, whether visual, musical, performing, or literary. Kinstler’s vibrant, impressionist style imbues an otherwise static medium with the energy and vitality of his sitters, enlivening their personalities for us and telling the stories of their lives. Spanning the years from 1952 through 2015, these portraits cover the long career of a hugely successful artist. Thanks to loans from the artist and from several museums, the exhibition features portraits of Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder, Katharine Hepburn and Christopher Plummer, Tony Bennett and Marian Anderson, and Tom Wolfe and Dr. Seuss.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler was organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director, and Margaret F. M. Walker, assistant curator, with special thanks to the artist, Peggy Kinstler, and Michael Shane Neal.
Views of Georgia and South Carolina by Horace Talmage Day
August 25–November 25, 2018
Horace Talmage Day (1909–1984) gained early recognition for his portraits and landscapes, particularly his paintings of Georgia and the Carolina low country, the subject of this exhibition.
The eldest of four children born in China of American missionary parents, he was already painting accomplished landscapes by the time he was twelve. He came to the United States to attend the Art Students League in New York City, where he studied with Kimon Nicolaïdes, Boardman Robinson, and Kenneth Hayes Miller. In 1936 he was appointed the first director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta. It was during that time that he discovered the landscapes of Georgia and South Carolina.
The work in this exhibition has been lent to the Morris Museum by the artist’s son H. Talmage Day, Jr. The exhibition has been made possible by the generous assistance of H + K Gallery of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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.