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The Morris Museum Releases New Book on the Art of Richard J. Olsen  

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The Morris Museum of Art announces the publication of Art as Experience: Richard James Olsen and the Vietnam War, the record of the exhibition Vietnam Transformed: The Art of Richard J. Olsen,  that appeared at the Morris November 9, 2019–February 16, 2020. It had appeared previously at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, and is now on view in a slightly modified form at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead, Georgia. 

“Richard Olsen, for many years a member of the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, transformed the troubling and traumatic into something beautiful. The explanation for this noteworthy feat of artistic alchemy is found in the special insights of art historian Tony Janson and the self-deprecating reflections of Olsen himself, both essential reading for those who wish to understand a complex and challenging body of work. This publication recognizes that sometimes the havoc of war can produce remarkable things,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum. 


  • 144 pages; softcover
  • 109 illustrations (9 black and white)
  • Artist Biography
  • Foreword and Acknowledgements by Kevin Grogan
  • Foreword by Robert L. Croker
  • Preface, Introduction, and Essays by Anthony F. Janson
  • Essay and Appendix by Andrew E. Hayes
  • Autobiographical Essay by Richard J. Olsen

Art as Experience: Richard James Olsen and the Vietnam War is available at the Morris Museum of Art Store for $25 and on Amazon >> <<