American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp
JANUARY 11–APRIL 12, 2015
According to Mellencamp, “German painting remains the basic foundation for what I do, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs. Discovering Beckmann to me was like discovering Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan.” Mellencamp’s paintings have been the subject of a number of exhibitions—Nothing Like I Planned at the Tennessee State Museum in 2012, and The Paintings of John Mellencamp at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2013, and currently at the Museum of Art—DeLand, Florida. American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp—fifty oil and mixed-media paintings, including several that have never been seen by the public—will be at the Morris Museum from January 11 through April 12, 2015.
Brian Dettmer, Knowledge in Depth, 2013. Hardcover books,
acrylic varnish. Courtesy of the artist.
Knowledge in Depth: Sculpture by Brian Dettmer
DECEMBER 11, 2014–MARCH 1, 2015
Widely known for his alteration of preexisting media such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes, contemporary artist Brian Dettmer is a native of Naperville, Illinois. He earned a BA in fine arts from Columbia College Chicago, where his principal focus was painting. Following graduation, he worked as an artist and in positions related to graphics and signage design. In recent years, a large body of his work has been created by altering books—old dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, science and engineering books, art books, medical guides, atlases, and others. He cuts into the books, exposing select images and text to create intricate three-dimensional works that reveal new or alternative interpretations of the books. From 2006 until a recent move to New York City, he lived and worked in Atlanta. His work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries around the world.
Brian Linda Hartough, 12th Hole, Augusta National Golf Club,
2002. Courtesy of the artist.
In Celebration of Golf: Landscapes by Linda Hartough
FEBRUARY 21–APRIL 26, 2015
Perhaps golf’s leading artist, Linda Hartough graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970. She made a living as a professional artist in Chicago until 1980, when she moved to South Carolina. She painted landscapes, portraits, and horses until 1984, when Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint the famed thirteenth hole, which began her career as a golf landscape artist. Her work has since gained international fame. The only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to do the annual, official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships, she has painted golf courses from Scotland to China. Her paintings are in the collections of the Augusta National, Pine Valley, and Laurel Valley golf clubs and in many private collections, including those of Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.
Steffen Thomas, Rock Formation, ca. 1958. Mixed media collage.
Collection of Steffen Thomas Art Representatives, LP, Thomas
Steffen Thomas Rediscovered
APRIL 25–JULY 19, 2015
Prolific and multifaceted, artist Steffen Thomas (1906–1990) was born in Fürth, Germany, but lived most of his adult life in Georgia. Though he’s particularly noted for monumental public art, he was the master of many media, including painting (oils, watercolor, and encaustic), sculpture, mosaic, and printmaking. Much of his work exhibits the influence of expressionism, which originated in Germany early in the twentieth century. The present exhibition was originally presented in slightly different form at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in January 2014.
Eugene Poore, Untitled, 2009. Mixed media. Morris Museum of
Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of Julia J. Norrell.
For the Birds: Folk Art Birdhouses
MARCH 14–JUNE 7, 2015
Birdhouses aren’t just for the birds anymore. They’ve become a matter of keen interest to serious collectors of folk art. The present exhibition is a representative sample of a large collection of these engaging objects, which have been acquired by the Morris over the past several years—gifts from one of the museum’s most generous supporters, collector Julia J. Norrell. To Norrell, birdhouses reflected the region’s vernacular architecture wrought small. Over the years, her childhood fascination evolved into a love for the larger world of folk art. For those who love houses but can only afford one at a time, collecting birdhouses offers the pleasures of self-indulgence and the opportunity to acquire house after house—whether cottage, log cabin, schoolhouse, or Greek revival mansion—without the burden of having to secure a mortgage.
Edwin Forbes, Defending a Battery—Confederate Cavalry Charge,
circa 1863. Pen and ink on paper. Morris Museum of Art,
An Artist’s Story:
Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes
NOVEMBER 8, 2014–FEBRUARY 15, 2015
This exhibition, opening in conjunction with the fourth Augusta and the Civil War symposium, features the work of a leading nineteenth-century-American landscape painter and etcher, Edwin Forbes, who first came to public attention as a very young artist for his dramatic and detailed Civil War sketches. He earned renown for the vividness and blunt truthfulness of his imagery.