Harold John Hansen, Abstraction—Blue, undated. Acrylic on board. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of the Robert Powell Coggins Art Trust.
Past Exhibition

Style and Attitude: Abstract Art in the South

This exhibition examines abstraction and abstract expressionism—the dominant mode of artistic expression in post–World War II America—through a Southern lens. Few art movements are as closely associated with a specific time and place as abstract expressionism is with New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. It was the first American movement to achieve international recognition, and it put New York…

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November 17, 2018 - January 12, 2019
Elmore DeMott, Flowers for Mom: September 9, 2016. Digital media. Courtesy of the artist.
Past Exhibition

Flowers for Mom: Photographs by Elmore DeMott

Photographer Elmore DeMott earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and fine art from Vanderbilt University before embarking on a career in banking. From there, she moved into arts administration and then photography, in order to exercise her creative instincts and put her talents to work. Passionate about connecting people with nature, she is the creator of award-winning work in private and…

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October 10, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Horace Talmage Day, Toomer’s Boatyard, Buckingham Landing, Bluffton, circa 1938. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. H. Talmage Day.
Past Exhibition

Views of Georgia and South Carolina by Horace Talmage Day

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…

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August 25, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Everett Raymond Kinstler, Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss, 1982. Oil on canvas. 38 x 36 inches. Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College.
Past Exhibition

America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

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…

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August 11, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Past Exhibition

Paintings by Edgar Hewitt Nye

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…

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May 16, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Past Exhibition

Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey

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…

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May 12, 2018 - August 12, 2018
Past Exhibition

Paintings by Stephen Estrada

Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Southern California. 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…

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April 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Past Exhibition

The Academy of Golf Art: Artists of the Game

The Academy of Golf Art marked its fifteenth anniversary in 2018 with its first-ever exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art. The exhibition included twenty-seven works—sculpture, paintings, works on paper, and photographs—by renowned golf artists Richard Chorley, Hertfordshire, England; David Coolidge, Naples, Florida; Glenn Davis, Hurst, Texas; the late Leslie B. DeMille; Dom Furore, Traverse City, Michigan; Linda Hartough, Okatie,…

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February 24, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Past Exhibition

Augusta Collects Southern Art

Augusta Collects included work by artists from every part of this larger South, including a traditional landscape painting by Texas artist Porfirio Salinas, Jr., and an abstract vision of the landscape of coastal South Carolina by Brian Rutenberg. Of local interest were paintings by two early directors of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Horace Talmage Day and Elizabeth Panknin Wright, as…

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February 3, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Past Exhibition

Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain

This exhibition featured sixty beautiful, highly detailed watercolors by artist Alan Shuptrine. It celebrated the historical and cultural connections between the land and people of the Appalachian Mountains and those of the British Isles—Celtic traditions brought to America in the eighteenth century that are still present today. An artist of stunning technical precision, Shuptrine has documented the region’s rich European…

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January 18, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Past Exhibition

Hattie Saussy: The Rediscovery of an Artist

Born in Savannah in 1890, Saussy began making art at an early age under the tutelage of Mrs. G. A. Wilkins and her daughter Emma Cheves Wilkins, as well as Lila Cabaniss. She attended Mary Baldwin Seminary (now Mary Baldwin College) in Virginia but left after only a year to pursue focused studies at the New York School of Fine…

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October 21, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Past Exhibition

Acquired and Restored: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection

The exhibition emphasized work acquired in the recent past, including landscape paintings by Max Weyl, De Lancey Walker Gill, and Ellen Axson Wilson, as well as more contemporary paintings by Rolland Golden, Steffen Thomas, Vincencia Blount, and Edward Kellogg and sculpture by Anita Huffington and Roger Dane. There were entirely new areas of collecting interest revealed here, including pottery and…

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September 16, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Past Exhibition

Paintings by Robin Hill

Born in Australia in 1932 and raised in England, Robin Hill developed a passion for the natural world and keen powers of observation in his youth—both qualities that are reflected in his work. His first exhibition of bird paintings, a huge critical and commercial success, in Melbourne, was quickly followed by exhibitions in Sydney, Johannesburg, London, New York, and other…

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September 3, 2017
Past Exhibition

Joseph DiGiorgio: The Alabama Series

Joseph DiGiorgio was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1931, the son of Italian immigrants. During the 1950s he studied at Cooper Union in New York City and with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Although he did not have his first solo show in New York until 1975, his work had been exhibited widely and steadily elsewhere, beginning in the…

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July 1, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Past Exhibition

Marilyn Murphy: Magic Realist

Marilyn Murphy: Magic Realist featured paintings and drawings in which reality is turned upside down in dreamlike scenes, with gravity-defying objects and figures diligently focused on a task—their earnest stances belying what is always, in fact, a very strange object of study. Murphy finds inspiration for her subjects in the popular culture of the 1940s and 1950s, presenting them with…

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June 7, 2017 - July 30, 2017
Past Exhibition

American Paintings from the Collection of Wesleyan College

This beautiful exhibition, drawn from the collection of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, featured late nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings by many of the leading artists of the era. The more than thirty paintings included in the exhibition offered a window into the styles and techniques taught at some of the most prestigious studios of New York City and…

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May 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017