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.
Richard Burnside, The Ancient King with Attendants, 1991. Enamel on
canvas. Courtesy of the South Carolina Arts Commission State Art
The African American Voice: Works from the State Art Collection of South Carolina
AUGUST 1–OCTOBER 4, 2015
This exhibition includes forty works of art in several media—paintings, drawings, and sculpture—from the State Art Collection of South Carolina. These artworks were created in recent times by twenty-five celebrated African American artists, all of whom have close ties to the state. The exhibition includes work by famed outsider artists Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall, Richard Burnside, and Dan Robert Miller, as well as work by academically trained artists Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose, Tarleton Blackwell, Mac Arthur Goodwin, Jesse Guinyard, Joseph Gandy, Terry K. Hunter, Larry Jordan, Larry Lebby, Robert Spencer, and Winston Wingo.
William Willis, Arc of Reproach (for Hayden Carruth), 2014. Oil
on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Howard Scott Gallery, New
Paintings by William Willis
ON DISPLAY THROUGH AUGUST 2, 2015
Bill Willis is well known for abstract paintings and works on paper that are inspired by the natural world and influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion. His work—recognized with awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and many others— has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Phillips Collection and the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and it has been included in group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries. His work is included in the permanent collections of important public, private, and corporate collections.
Robert Stark, November 17, 2014. Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist.
The New American Landscape: Paintings by Robert Stark
AUGUST 15–NOVEMBER 8, 2015
Artist Robert Stark has lived and painted in Union Dale, Pennsylvania, for forty years. He also maintains a studio on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he and his wife spend their winters. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and ArtWorks in Cincinnati, Ohio, to cite just a few. His paintings have traveled to more than 140 world capitals under the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program. He is represented in museum, corporate, and private collections all over the United States.
John Lotton, Untitled, undated. Collection of Eugene Fleischer..
Contemporary American Studio Glass from the Collection of Eugene Fleischer
JUNE 13–SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
The history of American studio glass is eventful but relatively brief. Considered by many to be the father of the American studio glass movement, Harvey Littleton (1922–2013) began experimenting with hot glass in 1959. He had grown up in the shadow of the Corning Glass Works, where his father served as the head of research and development in the 1930s. Littleton is represented in the present exhibition, as are many of the leading glass artists working today. The collection, still a work in progress, was begun some years ago by Augustan Eugene Fleischer, an avid collector of many kinds of things since he was a boy. Among the glass artists represented in the exhibition are Rick Beck, Audrey Handler, Jon Kuhn, Charles Lotton, Mark Peiser, Stephen Rolfe Powell, and Lisabeth Sterling. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by the Morris Museum of Art.