Eugene Thomason
Marty Stuart, Willie Nelson, 1994. Archival pigment print. © Marty Stuart.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart

Country music icon, five-time Grammy award winner, member of the Grand Ole Opry, and passionate, skilled photographer Marty Stuart has become the unofficial caretaker of the history of country music, capturing backstage moments with such country and bluegrass legends as Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and George Jones, as well as images of many of the fans and characters he has encountered on the road.

The exhibition is composed of more than sixty photographs from three bodies of work: “The Masters” of country music; the “Blue Line Hotshots” he has met on his travels on America’s back roads; and the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and others in South Dakota in the section “Badlands.” It is accompanied by a fully-illustrated hardcover book. Published by Vanderbilt University Press, it includes a lengthy introduction by Stuart.

Marty Stuart, Bill Monroe, Last Winter, 1995. Archival pigment print.
© Marty Stuart.

Exhibition Opening Celebration
Friday, September 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Meet famed musician and accomplished photographer Marty Stuart. Enjoy food, music, drinks, a fashion show featuring eclectic designs by Manuel, Nashville’s “Rhinestone Rembrandt,” and a conversation with Manuel of Manuel American Designs. (Marty has to leave his party at 6:30 p.m. to perform at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 p.m.). Members, $10; nonmembers, $20. Free for individuals with tickets to the Marty Stuart Southern Soul and Song concert on September 9. RSVP to 706-724-7501.

American Ballads, organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, is sponsored in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Eugene Thomason
Rolland Golden, Maryland Grazing, 2012. Acrylic on canvas.
Courtesy of the artist.

The World of Rolland Golden

Still active at eighty-four, Rolland Golden is one of the most renowned artists to have emerged in the South during the second half of the twentieth century. In addition to the styles of realism and “abstract realism,” he is known for a style he developed, which he calls “’borderline surrealism,’ realistic imagery in a not impossible, but highly unlikely situation.” Golden was born in New Orleans, but his father’s job at AT&T had the family moving with frequency—first to Grenada, Mississippi, and later Jackson, Mississippi, eventually to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, before returning to New Orleans more or less for good. His work has been the subject of more than one hundred museum exhibitions, including, most recently, Rolland Golden: An Alternate Vision at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi, which was organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and shown in five other museums in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Eugene Thomason
Howard Finster, Elvis-at-3, 1994. Oil paint and
glitter on plywood. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta,

Folk Art in the South: Selections from the Permanent Collection
JUNE 11–SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

Drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, this presentation includes work by some of the region’s best-known folk artists. Though the work of some of these artists may be familiar, much of it has not been exhibited before. Folk artists’ major themes are expressed in many different ways. They employ readily accessible materials—crayons, markers, house paint—as well as found objects, to produce their paintings, drawings, and sculpture, putting mundane materials to fresh and ingenious uses. The present installation underscores the Morris Museum’s status as one of the leading collectors of folk art in the region.

Eugene Thomason
Greg Carter, Offering Totem, 2013–2015.
Mixed media. Soulfire Photography 2015.

Visual Improvisations: Sculpture by Greg Carter

Artist Greg Carter considers himself a thing maker. His fanciful sculptures spill from the artist’s intense imagination and ability to perceive a character locked inside such common items as a flowerpot, twisted branch, or discarded pipe. Carter received bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and studio art from the University of Minnesota and a master of fine arts in studio art from Florida State University. His work has been shown in galleries across the South. He is currently represented by Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. The artist resides in Raleigh and teaches studio art part-time at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Meet Carter during Art Now, Thursday, October 6, as he collaborates with award-winning body painters LivingBrush. More information on page 6.

Eugene Thomason
Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar,
California, 1944, gelatin silver print. On loan from the Hunter
Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Gift of Dr.
and Mrs. Bruce E. Dahrling II and museum purchase, HMAA
1984.26. Photo by James Madden, 204 Studios, Chattanooga.

Exploring the Land: Landscapes from the Hunter Museum Collection

Exploring the Land documents American artists’ continuing fascination with the American landscape. The breadth of the exhibition, which includes both nineteenth-and twentieth-century works of art, enables the viewer to make some interesting comparisons.

For example, a small painting of a sylvan glade created in 1862 by Worthington Whittredge, one of the most prominent of the Hudson River school artists, captures the grandeur of the landscape—the so-called “New Eden.” He hints at the presence of God in nature through his depiction of cathedral-like arched tree boughs. The Hudson River school believed that nature in the form of the American landscape was a manifestation of God. Their reverence for America’s natural beauty was shared by American writers of the period, including Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Exploring the Land is complemented by several little-seen works of art by Sally Mann, William C. A. Frerichs, and others from the Morris Museum’s collection.

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