Past Exhibition

Morsberger + Huffington

Two Morris Museum favorites—Anita Huffington and Philip Morsberger—are featured in a joint exhibition showcasing Anita’s marvelous, tabletop-sized sculptures and Philip’s equally marvelous (and wholly new for him) oil pastel drawings.   Huffington earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the City College of New York before embarking on a career as a sculptor that is now in its sixth decade. She…

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March 16 - May 5
Past Exhibition

The Many Things That Fall in Between: Recent Work by Baker Overstreet

Baker Overstreet’s first solo show at the Morris Museum of Art features new paintings—in the artist’s words, “wildly colorful” works on panel, ranging from the very small to the very large. Predominantly abstract, they reference many things—“ghastly hybrid animals, seductresses, deviant clowns, and many things that fall in between.”  These paintings represent a new direction for the artist: “to explore the…

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March 1 - May 19
Past Exhibition

Veterans Explore Art with the Morris 

The Morris presents Veterans Explore Art with the Morris in the 1st floor EDU Gallery. The exhibition features a variety of works created by 4 veterans who participated in the museum’s monthly Art Reach program at the Augusta VA Medical Center. Art Reach is a monthly program that engages those who seek outpatient treatment at the Augusta VA’s uptown facility. Veterans…

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February 2 @ 10:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm
Free
Anne Marchand, Flash, 2013. Acrylic and latex. Courtesy of the artist.
Past Exhibition

Recent Abstractions by Anne Marchand

Anne Marchand was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She says that growing up in such a colorful environment, redolent with Spanish, French, and African influences, left a lasting impression on her color sensibility. She traveled widely throughout the South, which had a similarly profound effect on her developing visual vocabulary of form and color derived from nature. She earned a bachelor’s…

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January 26 - April 14
William Greiner, Blue Heart, Houma, Louisiana, 1989. Digital C-print. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Gift of William Greiner.
Past Exhibition

Local Color: Photography in the South

Local Color, an exhibition of more than forty works drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, explores the special role that color photography has played in the history of Southern photography since it was first popularized by William Christenberry and William Eggleston. In addition to those pioneers, the exhibition features work by John Baeder, William Greiner, Birney Imes, Jim McGuire, and Meryl Truett, to…

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December 8, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Jonathan Green, The Passing of Eloise, 1988. Oil on Masonite. © Jonathan Green. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.
Past Exhibition

Jonathan Green: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Born and raised in the South Carolina low country, Jonathan Green graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982 and has sustained a very successful career ever since. His paintings can be found in major museum, corporate, and private collections around the world. He is represented in the Morris Museum’s permanent collection by nearly forty works…

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November 21, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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

Jonathan Green: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Born and raised in the South Carolina low country, Jonathan Green graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982. He has sustained a very successful career ever since. His paintings can be found in major museum, corporate, and private collections around the world. He is represented in the Morris Museum’s permanent collection by nearly forty works…

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October 4, 2017 - January 28, 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
Past Exhibition

The Blackbelt of Alabama: A Response to Home

Photographer Jerry Siegel was born and raised in Selma, Alabama, where, he says, “family and friends were most valued.” He remembers his hometown as vibrant, though small, and in most respects no different from most communities of similar size elsewhere in the South. Even though many things have changed there since his youth—it is no longer the place that he…

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March 25, 2017 - June 18, 2017
Past Exhibition

Rhythm and Movement: Paintings by James Michalopoulos

Painter James Michalopoulos, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1951, graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Shortly afterward he moved to New Orleans, where he has lived and worked since. His richly textured, color-saturated images of New Orleans have become iconic. It is through his paintings that many have come to know the city, its denizens and architecture. Michalopoulos learned…

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February 18, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Past Exhibition

The Female Lens: Photography from the Do Good Fund

In January 2017 the Morris kicked off its Art Now Artist Talk lecture series with a panel discussion featuring several artists represented in the exhibition The Female Lens: Photography from the Do Good Fund. The collection began as an effort by attorney and philanthropist Alan Rothschild to preserve and showcase photography that depicts and documents the American South. Since 2012…

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January 4, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Past Exhibition

Billie Ruth Sudduth: Baskets from the Collection of Hathia and Andrew Hayes

Billie Ruth Sudduth is a widely acclaimed basket maker who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. A native of Sewanee, Tennessee, where she was born in 1945, she was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She is represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Arts and Design in New…

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December 17, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Past Exhibition

Unquiet Territories: Art by Cheryl Goldsleger

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1951, Cheryl Goldsleger matriculated at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1969. She attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1971 and earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1973. She earned a master of fine arts degree from…

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December 10, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Past Exhibition

Exploring the Land: Landscapes from the Hunter Museum Collection

Exploring the Land documented American artists’ continuing fascination with the American landscape. The breadth of the exhibition, which included both nineteenth-and twentieth-century works of art, enabled the viewer to make some interesting comparisons. Exploring the Land was 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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November 12, 2016 - February 5, 2017
Past Exhibition

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…

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September 17, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Past Exhibition

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart

This exhibition was composed of more than sixty photographs from three bodies of work: “The Masters” of country music; the “Blue Line Hotshots” Marty Stuart 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 was accompanied by a fully-illustrated hardcover…

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September 9, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Past Exhibition

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.”…

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August 6, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Past Exhibition

Folk Art in the South: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, this presentation included work by some of the region’s best-known folk artists. Though the work of some of these artists may have been familiar, much of it had not been exhibited before. Folk artists’ major themes were expressed in many different ways. They employed readily accessible materials—crayons, markers, house paint—as well as found…

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June 11, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Past Exhibition

Paintings by Victoria Lowe

Victoria Lowe was born in 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was educated at the University of Alabama where she earned a BS in education in 1969. Lowe focused on painting in graduate school at the University of Alabama, where she received an MA in Visual Arts in 1971. Over the past four decades, her paintings and drawings have focused primarily…

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April 23, 2016 - July 24, 2016
Past Exhibition

Pottery from the Smith Callaway Banks Southern Folk Art Collection at Georgia Southern University

Callaway Banks was an avid collector of folk art, purchasing his first piece, a face jug, in the 1980s. Until his death in 2010, Banks continued to travel the South, purchasing work and making friends with hundreds of artists. In 2007 he donated a large part of his collection, more than one thousand objects, including approximately 250 pieces of pottery,…

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March 12, 2016 - June 5, 2016
Past Exhibition

The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island

Artist Philip Juras’s depictions of Little St. Simons Island made up the body of work that was exhibited here for the first time. While so much of the Southeastern seaboard has been transformed by rampant development, it seems miraculous that such an experience can still be had. Of all the barrier islands, Little St. Simons Island, off the coast of…

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February 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Past Exhibition

Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

This exhibition presented dozens of works that were intended at the time of their creation to offer relief from the hurly-burly of the urban setting. The artists represented—Wayman Adams, Colin Campbell Cooper, Elliott Daingerfield, Gaines Ruger Donoho, James Herring, Alfred Hutty, John Ross Key, Blondelle Malone, Paul Plaschke, Hattie Saussy, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anthony Thieme, Helen Turner, and Ellsworth…

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January 16, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Past Exhibition

Creatures Great and Small, Real and Imagined: The Art of Mae and Willie Tarver

Some of these nearly two dozen fantastical sculptures were inspired by nature, while others show the uninhibited imagination of nationally known folk artists Mae and Willie Tarver. The Tarvers saw much of the world before returning to Wadley, Georgia, after many years of living in New York. In Wadley, Willie worked at Thermo King Corporation for twenty-five years as a…

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December 5, 2015 - February 28, 2016
Past Exhibition

Winter Dreams: Works of Art from the Permanent Collection

The present exhibition features more than forty little seen works of art—paintings, drawings, photographs, and three-dimensional objects by more than a dozen twentieth-century Southern artists. Eldridge Bagley and Jack Stoddart are represented by works featured in previous Morris Museum exhibitions, while other artists’ works have never been shown here before. There are beautiful winter scenes such as the impressionistic work…

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November 21, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Past Exhibition

Real Lives: Observations and Reflections by Dale Kennington

Organized by the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, the exhibition featured nearly thirty paintings by acclaimed realist Dale Kennington. Born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1935, she earned a BA in art history from the University of Alabama in 1956 before marrying and moving to Dothan, Alabama. She turned to painting in her early forties because she wanted…

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October 17, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Past Exhibition

Decoys from the Collection of Dr. Lloyd Newberry

Dr. Lloyd Newberry, an avid big-game hunter, author, and retired educator, began collecting decoys in the late 1960s. Fascinated by the wooden birds, he took several trips northward along the East Coast from his Georgia home, seeking out fellow decoy collectors, antique shops, and carvers, purchasing a variety of hand-carved, painted birds and listening to the stories of craftsmen and…

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September 12, 2015 - December 1, 2015
Past Exhibition

The New American Landscape: Paintings by Robert Stark

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 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…

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August 15, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Past Exhibition

The African American Voice: Works from the State Art Collection of South Carolina

This exhibition included 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 included work by famed outsider artists Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall, Richard Burnside, and Dan Robert Miller,…

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August 1, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Past Exhibition

Contemporary American Studio Glass from the Collection of Eugene Fleischer

This 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. This exhibition was accompanied by a…

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June 13, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Past Exhibition

Paintings by William Willis

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…

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May 9, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Past Exhibition

Steffen Thomas Rediscovered

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…

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April 25, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Past Exhibition

For the Birds: Folk Art Birdhouses

This exhibition was a representative sample of a large collection of birdhouses, which were 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…

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March 14, 2015 - June 7, 2015
Past Exhibition

In Celebration of Golf: Landscapes by Linda Hartough

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…

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February 21, 2015 - April 6, 2015
Past Exhibition

American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp

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…

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January 11, 2015 - April 12, 2015
Past Exhibition

Knowledge in Depth: Sculpture by Brian Dettmer

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…

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December 11, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Past Exhibition

An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes

This exhibition, opened in conjunction with the fourth Augusta and the Civil War symposium, featured 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.

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November 8, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Past Exhibition

From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason

This exhibition was drawn largely from the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, South Carolina, which holds the largest single body of Thomason’s paintings. It was supplemented by major works on loan from the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina; the Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama; and the Morris Museum of Art.

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October 11, 2014 - December 28, 2014
Past Exhibition

Sculpture by Nathan Bindler

Drawn from the collections of the artist’s son and daughter, local collections, and the Morris’s permanent collection, this exhibition featured more than fifteen carved wood sculptures by Nathan Bindler, for many years a mainstay of Augusta’s cultural community. An accomplished musician and visual artist, he was the first chair violist in the Augusta Symphony for many years and taught art…

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September 16, 2014 - December 7, 2014
Past Exhibition

Oh! Augusta! Photographs by William Greiner

This exhibition was drawn entirely from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection and represented a group of photographs that were shot over a period of just a few days in January 2012 and was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. In addition to the Morris, William Greiner is represented in the permanent collections of more than sixty museums around the country,…

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August 23, 2014 - November 2, 2014
Past Exhibition

Art from the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman

Over the past thirty-five years, acclaimed artist Jonathan Green and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, have amassed an astonishing collection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and American artists that reflects the breadth of their interests, the cultural diversity that has contributed so vitally to the development of American art, and…

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June 14, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Past Exhibition

This Happy Land: Paintings by William Entrekin

One of Georgia’s leading realist painter—he often invites comparison to Andrew Wyeth—William Entrekin, a native of Rome, Georgia, and now a resident of Acworth, was represented here by more than thirty works in watercolor, oil, and egg tempera—landscapes, figure paintings, and still lifes. His work is widely collected by individuals, corporations, and museums. He leaves the viewer with the sense…

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May 31, 2014 - August 17, 2014
Past Exhibition

Drawings and Watercolors by James Calvert Smith

James Calvert Smith’s commissions included murals in the American Museum of Natural History and the Ford Foundation in New York, and the Library of Congress. In addition to his illustrations and cartoons, Smith also painted landscapes. The graceful union of nature and village in his scenes became known as the “Smith Style.” He spent most of his professional life in…

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April 1, 2014 - June 15, 2014
Past Exhibition

Generations: Turned Bowls by Ed, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop

Drawn from local collections, this exhibition represented the work of three generations of the acclaimed Moulthrop family of woodturners. Ed Moulthrop (May 22, 1916–September 24, 2003), credited as the “father of modern woodturning,” was a noted architect and professor before becoming a woodturning artist and transforming it into a widely respected art form. His son, Philip Moulthrop (born November 12,…

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March 22, 2014 - June 22, 2014
Past Exhibition

Soldier Artist: Conrad Wise Chapman

An ardent Southerner, Conrad Wise Chapman (1842–1910), unable to reconcile himself to the Confederacy’s loss, traveled to Mexico for a time after the Civil War. Eventually, he moved his family to Richmond, Virginia, and in 1898 sold the paintings in this exhibition to what has become the Museum of the Confederacy. They remain an important part of that museum’s collections…

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March 15, 2014 - May 25, 2014
Past Exhibition

Paintings by Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

Betsy Eby and Bo Bartlett, husband and wife, live during the winter in Columbus, Georgia, where he is active with the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University. They spend their summers on an island off the coast of Maine. Their work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States, including that of the Morris Museum…

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March 7, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Past Exhibition

Blues Haiku and New Monotypes by Phil Garrett

Phil Garrett studied at the University of South Carolina and the Honolulu Academy of Arts before earning a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974. He lived and worked in the Bay Area until 1979, when he returned to South Carolina, where he has lived since. He founded King Snake Press in 1998. Blues Haiku represents something of…

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January 21, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Past Exhibition

King Snake Press: A Fifteenth Anniversary Overview

The Morris Museum of Art celebrated the fifteen-year history of King Snake Press with a special exhibition that featured nearly three dozen unique prints by many of the important artists who have worked with the press and its founder, Phil Garrett.

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January 11, 2014 - March 9, 2014
Past Exhibition

The Worlds of Hunt Slonem

A prolific painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Slonem has become best known for his neoexpressionist paintings of tropical birds, which are often based on or inspired by a personal aviary he has maintained over the years. Now one of America’s most renowned artists, his work is included in more than fifty major museum collections, including those of the Smithsonian American Art Museum,…

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December 7, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Past Exhibition

Released from Stone: Animal Sculpture by Jeff Birchill

Birchill set up a workspace in his backyard and started carving figures, chiefly animals, out of stone. All of his work is created by hand—that is, he carves only with a hammer and various chisels. He believes that most work done with power tools looks as if the tools controlled the artist and not the other way around. To an unusual degree, the…

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December 5, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Past Exhibition

Images of Hearth and Home by Eldridge Bagley

Contemporary folk artist Eldridge Bagley was born in 1945 and raised on a farm outside Kenbridge, Virginia, where he continues to live with his wife, Beth, and their son, Wade. Inspired by his home region of Southside Virginia, he began painting in 1973. He is wholly self-taught and paints, as he says, “straight from the heart.” While many of his…

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November 12, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Past Exhibition

Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads: Paintings by Julyan Davis

Dark Corners interpreted traditional American, English, and Celtic ballads through images of the contemporary South. Davis noted that the folk songs that are native to the South provided him with a familiar narrative and a human history that connects to his own background. In his view, the stories may be old, but, “one only has to pick up a newspaper…

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October 12, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Past Exhibition

Starters: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection

Through much of the fall, the Morris is displayed a large sampling from the Wells Fargo Collection, one of the most renowned corporate collections in the United States. The exhibition included representative examples from the company’s main areas of collecting interest—nineteenth-century American paintings, contemporary prints, photography, and art nouveau posters—and features fifty works of art in a variety of media.…

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September 14, 2013 - November 24, 2013
Past Exhibition

Formal Candids: Photographs by Greg Kinney

Atlanta native Greg Kinney established himself as one of Nashville, Tennessee’s leading commercial photographers. During the time he maintained his own studio, he produced the photographs that appeared in this exhibition, most of them shot in smaller communities in Middle Tennessee.

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September 3, 2013 - November 10, 2013
Past Exhibition

Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush: The Art of Glass

This exhibition featured sculpture by two of the leading contemporary glass artists in the country, husband and wife Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush. Jolley studied under Michael Taylor, first at Tusculum College and later at George Peabody College, where he earned his BFA degree in 1974. He pursued further study at the Penland School of Crafts. Tommie Rush earned her…

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August 9, 2013 - November 10, 2013
Past Exhibition

The Gladness of Nature: Paintings by Honor Marks

Honor Marks grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and remembers slogging through the marshes of the lowcountry as a child searching for rare wildflowers with her family. Today, she continues the journey through her artwork. Drawing her inspiration from writers Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, and Madeleine L’Engle and a host of botanical and natural history painters, Honor “transforms meticulous field…

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July 27, 2013 - October 6, 2013
Past Exhibition

Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art

The artists represented in Tradition/Innovation resided in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The beautifully crafted objects displayed symbolized, among other things, family heritage, cultural identity, and artistic inheritance. They are a vital part of the living artistic heritage of the contemporary South. Tradition/Innovation is a project of South Arts and was funded in…

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June 8, 2013 - September 1, 2013
Past Exhibition

“We’ll Understand it Better, By and By”: Paintings William H. Clarke

Several years ago, the Morris Museum of Art added to its holdings dozens of paintings by one of Virginia’s most admired self-taught artists, William H. Clarke, when it acquired the Southern collection of Julia J. Norrell. This was Clarke’s first one-person exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art.

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May 11, 2013 - July 13, 2013
Past Exhibition

North Carolina Pottery from the Collection of Dr. Nancy Farmer and Dr. A. Everette James

Recently, Dr. Nancy Farmer and Dr. A. Everette James, husband and wife and collectors of all things Southern—quilts, paintings, furniture, and pottery—donated a collection of North Carolina pottery to the Morris. These pieces were the first significant examples of one of the South’s richest decorative arts traditions to become part of the Morris’s holdings. The collection represented Seagrove, a very…

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April 30, 2013 - August 4, 2013
Past Exhibition

Mortal Coil: Photographs by Jennifer Onofrios Fornes

An art professor at Georgia Regents University, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes earned a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MFA degree from the University of California, Davis. She taught drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography at the University of Minnesota, Morris, prior to her present appointment.

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April 16, 2013 - June 23, 2013
Past Exhibition

First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson and Her Circle

This exhibition brought together eighteen of Ellen Axson Wilson’s paintings with work by such colleagues, friends, and teachers as George de Forest Brush, Chauncey Ryder, Childe Hassam, Walter Griffin, and Bessie Potter Vonnoh on loan to the Morris from some of the leading museums in the South.

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March 9, 2013 - May 5, 2013
Past Exhibition

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection

This exhibition, the handsome publication that accompanies it, and the Johnson Collection as a whole enriches our perspective by increasing our understanding of the lives and art of the extraordinary painters whose work, though rooted in a specific time and place, is an integral part of American culture.

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March 2, 2013 - May 26, 2013
Past Exhibition

Images of Community: Highlights from the Julia J. Norrell Collection

The pieces included in this special exhibition were all selected from the Norrell Collection, an important part of the Morris Museum’s permanent collection. Community—as it is reflected in a sense of shared interests, beliefs, pursuits, needs, locality, or region—is a theme that pervades the Norrell Collection. As former President Bill Clinton noted in his foreword to Common Ground: Discovering Community in…

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January 29, 2013 - April 14, 2013
Past Exhibition

Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell Collection

Exploring how photography documented the Civil War, this exhibition included more than thirty works by some of the most prominent photographers of the day—George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Isaac H. Bonsall, among others. From tinytype and ambrotype portraits to rare images of African American regiments, this show highlights themes of human devastation and the impact of war on the landscape…

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December 8, 2012 - March 3, 2013
Past Exhibition

Images of South Carolina: Block Prints by Edna Reed Whaley

This exhibition featured the work of Edna Reed Whaley. Born in New Orleans in 1884, studied art at Sophie Newcomb College. As a young bride, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she became one of South Carolina’s leading artists and arts advocates. In addition to her own artistic pursuits, she taught classes and served as the art critic for the Record…

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December 4, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Past Exhibition

Reflections on Water in American Painting

In this exhibition, fifty paintings from the Arthur J. Phelan Collection traced more than a century of America’s maritime and seaside history, and transported viewers from the Eastern to the Western Shores of the United States. The exhibition ranged in date from 1828 to 1945, and included masterful renderings of sailboats, warships, waterside towns, waterscapes, and harbor scenes, as well…

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November 10, 2012 - February 10, 2013
Past Exhibition

Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel

A selection of Jerry Siegel’s black-and-white portraits of thirty-three iconic Southern artists—all of whom are represented by works in the Morris Museum collection—were displayed in the Morris Museum’s Coggins Gallery. Siegel studied at the University of South Alabama and the Art Institute of Atlanta. While successfully maintaining a commercial photography studio in Atlanta since the 1980s, he found his passion…

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September 22, 2012 - December 2, 2012
Past Exhibition

The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston

This exhibition was organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art, the largest public repository of Hutty’s work. It was accompanied by a major publication, published by the University of South Carolina Press, which is available in the museum store. One of the principal artists of the Charleston Renaissance, Alfred Hutty played important roles in two very different art colonies—Woodstock, New…

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August 4, 2012 - October 28, 2012
Past Exhibition

Strange Fruit: Lithographs by Joseph Norman

These Joe Norman lithographs were drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.

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July 17, 2012 - September 16, 2012
Past Exhibition

The Morris at Twenty

This exhibition emphasized acquisitions made over the past ten years—an unusually rich period marked especially by the addition of the Julia J. Norrell Collection, with particular strength in folk art and photography. The bequest of the Larry Connatser Art Trust added the work of an important contemporary Georgia artist, and purchases made through the Passailaigue Art Acquisitions Fund further enriched…

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July 7, 2012 - September 16, 2012
Past Exhibition

Golden Afternoon: English Watercolors from the Elsley Collection

This exhibition featured John Elsley’s collection of nineteenth-century paintings of Victorian-era English gardens. Assembled over the past forty years, Golden Afternoon captured images of some of the most beautiful garden designs created at the turn of the last century. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by the Morris Museum of Art.

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April 21, 2012 - July 1, 2012
Past Exhibition

Office: Sculpture by Bob Trotman

As a contemporary artist, Bob Trotman is fascinated by what he describes as the “noir narrative of life at the office.” His wooden people, often surprisingly posed, evoke both humor and anxiety and, taken together, offer an absurdist vision of an imaginary corporate purgatory.

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April 10, 2012 - September 30, 2012
Past Exhibition

Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier

Window on the West featured highlights from the collection of Arthur J. Phelan and gave an intriguing glimpse of the American West through sixty objects, including paintings large and small, as well as gem-like works on paper in a variety of styles. Artists included Frederic Remington, Samuel Colman, Alfred Jacob Miller, Karl Bodmer, and John Frederick Kensett, and emphasized the…

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March 24, 2012 - July 21, 2012
Past Exhibition

Fore!: Images in Golf

Fore!: Images in Golf celebrated both the game and the special place that it holds in Augusta. The exhibition was organized by the Morris Museum with the assistance of Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida. The exhibition included more than thirty-five works of art—photographs, paintings, and drawings by such well-known artists as LeRoy Neiman, Will Barnet, Timothy J. Clark, Ray Ellis,…

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February 4, 2012 - April 15, 2012
Past Exhibition

Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte

Working South highlighted the work of artist Mary Whyte, and was the focus of the Morris Museum of Art’s 2012 Gala.From the textile mill worker and tobacco farmer to the sponge diver and elevator operator, Mary Whyte has sought out some of the last remnants of rural and industrial workforces declining or altogether lost through changes in our economy, environment,…

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December 3, 2011 - March 11, 2012
Past Exhibition

Local Color: Photography in the South

Selected from the Morris Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Local Color: Photography in the South included more than thirty-five photographs dating from the mid-sixties to the present by some of the South’s most important photographers, including Dave Anderson, John Baeder, William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Janos Enyedi, William Greiner, Birney Imes, Greg Kinney, Jim McGuire, and Meryl Truett. With subjects ranging…

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November 12, 2011 - January 29, 2012
Past Exhibition

Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice

Organized by the Morris Museum of Art, Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice, was a retrospective exhibition of one of the South’s most renowned contemporary painters. It included landscape and cityscape paintings—specifically Rice’s signature images, representing the details of the vernacular architecture of Georgia and South Carolina. One of the most extensive showings of Rice’s work to-date, the…

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August 27, 2011 - November 20, 2011
Past Exhibition

Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs by Willie Anne Wright

This exhibition focused on Wright’s sepia-toned gelatin silver print photographs, all shot with a pinhole (lensless) camera, which mirror vintage photographs. Wright followed reenactors for thirteen years, capturing not the battles themselves, but the essence of mid-nineteenth-century life and the struggle and conflict of the War between the States.

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July 9, 2011 - September 4, 2011
Past Exhibition

Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels

This exhibition highlighted the work of painter, Philip Juras. Juras recreates Southern U. S. wilderness before European settlement. This exhibition acquainted viewers with many of the important and imperiled ecosystems that remain in the South today—remnant natural communities that benefit from greater public awareness. Juras, a native of Augusta and a graduate of the University of Georgia (where he earned…

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May 28, 2011 - August 14, 2011
Past Exhibition

The Charleston Renaissance: Works on Paper

Drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presented more than two dozen watercolors and etchings by Ellen Day Hale, Alfred Hutty, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. In addition, it represented a remarkable period in the cultural history of the twentieth-century South. The Charleston Renaissance, a period of extraordinary cultural revival, took place…

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April 23, 2011 - June 26, 2011
Past Exhibition

Return of the Wanderer: Recent Works by Boyd Saunders

This exhibition highlighted the work of painter, illustrator, printmaker, and sculptor, Boyd Saunders, the distinguished professor emeritus of art at the University of South Carolina. A native Tennessean, his work reflects his lifelong interest in storytelling. Saunders’s art has carried the story of the South all over the world and has been the subject of numerous one-man shows in the United…

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February 12, 2011 - April 10, 2011
Past Exhibition

I Will Tell You a Place: Paintings by Brian Rutenberg

This exhibition highlighted the work of painter, Brian Rutenberg. Brian Rutenberg’s work is as grounded in Old Master painting and drawing as his sense of place and color is in coastal South Carolina, where he was born and raised. He spent his childhood exploring the coastal wetlands, developing a love for the landscape. He graduated from the College of Charleston,…

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January 29, 2011 - May 15, 2011
Past Exhibition

Introducing America to Americans: FSA Photography

Drawn from the Morris Museum’s extensive photography collection, the exhibition examined the important role of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information in documenting life in the South in the nineteen-thirties and nineteen-forties. The images showed Americans at home, at work, and at play with an emphasis on rural and small-town life as well as the adverse…

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November 20, 2010 - January 30, 2011
Past Exhibition

Helen M. Turner: The Woman’s Point of View

This exhibition was organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, and featured three Turner paintings from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection. One of America’s premier Impressionist painters, Helen Turner began painting around 1880, when the new Orleans Art Union was formed. She moved to New York City in 1895 where she studied at the Art Students League…

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October 9, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Past Exhibition

Wolf Kahn Pastels

This exhibition celebrated the artist’s eighty-third birthday. Wolf Kahn is widely considered one of America’s finest landscape painters and a master of pastel. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum…

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September 11, 2010 - November 7, 2010
Past Exhibition

Painters’ Reel: Contemporary Painting in Georgia

Originally organized by the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, this exhibition featured work by ten of Georgia’s most accomplished and famed contemporary artists, including several with long-standing ties to the Morris Museum—among them Don Cooper, Cheryl Goldsleger, Philip Morsberger, and Tom Nakashima. The work in the exhibition was distinguished by masterly technique, fantastic imagery, and a wonderful sense…

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June 19, 2010 - September 26, 2010
Past Exhibition

The Homeplace: Photographs by Kay DuVernet

This exhibition contained more than thirty color photographs, all abstractions from nature, by the late Kay DuVernet, a photographer and poet who was born in Albany, Georgia. DuVernet spent many years in New Orleans before returning to Albany, five years before her death at age 62. This was the first exhibition devoted to her photography at the Morris. All of…

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March 27, 2010 - June 10, 2010
Past Exhibition

Regional Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection

This exhibition was organized in conjunction with The Seventh Annual Morris Museum of Art Gala. The exhibition brought together fifty-seven major works of art that examined American identity in the first half of the twentieth century. The Horseman Collection includes impressive paintings by influential artists of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940. Forty-three artists were represented in the exhibition. Regional Dialect:…

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March 6, 2010 - May 30, 2010
Past Exhibition

Deep Sea: Drawings by William Golding

This exhibition consisted of an array of maritime drawings by the self-taught African American artist, William O. Golding. Shanghaied from the Savannah waterfront when he was eight years old, William O. Golding chronicled his travels through a series of maritime drawings that he created near the end of his life while a patient at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Savannah.…

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December 12, 2009 - March 14, 2010
Past Exhibition

Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan

This exhibition featured Beverly Buchanan, who has lived and worked in Georgia for much of her adult life. In her artwork, Buchanan depicts vernacular architecture and its environment. She constructs a narrative that serves as a metaphor for the triumph of the human spirit over poverty and adversity. Although academically trained, Buchanan utilizes the tools often associated with the self-taught…

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November 21, 2009 - January 31, 2010
Past Exhibition

William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961–2005

This exhibition surveyed Christenberry’s poetic documentation of southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape using a wide range of cameras, from his earliest Brownie photographs of the early 1960s to his later work with a large-format camera. The exhibition combined never-before-seen photographs, both old and new, with images that are now iconic, the exhibition comprised fifty vintage photographic works and one…

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September 12, 2009 - November 8, 2009
Past Exhibition

Emil Holzhauer: The Georgia Years

This exhibition focused on Emil Holzhauer’s images of Georgia, the locality with which he is most closely associated. Born in Schwäbish Gmünd, Germany, Emil Holzhauer arrived in America in 1906—without prospects and unable to speak English. A century later, his work is lauded as thoroughly American, in terms of its style, subject matter, and sensibility. Holzhauer favored working in watercolor…

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August 29, 2009 - November 29, 2009
Past Exhibition

Stories to Tell, Memories to Keep: Folk Art in the South

This exhibition highlighted the substantial holdings of this category of art in the Morris Museum’s permanent collection. Some of the artists represented in this exhibition were Lonnie Holley, Charley Kinney, Bessie Harvey, Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary Proctor, Bill Traylor, Clementine Hunter, Lorenzo Scott, Minnie Evans, and, Georgia’s own Howard Finster.

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May 16, 2009 - August 30, 2009
Past Exhibition

Southern Eccentric: Paintings by Larry Connatser

The Morris Museum exhibited, for the first time, a selection from its holdings of hundreds of works of art by the late Larry Connatser. Connatser developed a unique style, often using brightly colored, three-dimensional dots organized within highly intricate compositions. In 2005, the Morris Museum was bequeathed the remainder of his estate, creating the largest collection of his work in…

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May 2, 2009 - August 16, 2009
Past Exhibition

Nashville Portraits: Photographs by Jim McGuire

Organized by the Morris Museum of Art, this exhibtion was comprised of sixty black and white portrait photographs of classic artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Bill Monroe. McGuire personally selected this exhibition from more than a thousand portraits of singers, musicians and composers.

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March 6, 2009 - April 26, 2009
Past Exhibition

To Seek and Obtain: Recent Acquisitions by the Morris Museum of Art

This exhibition featured recent acquisitions in several representative areas of the museum’s collecting interests, including both historical and contemporary paintings by Southern artists and regional photography. Some of the artists represented were Horace Day, Jonathan Green, Rudolph Ingerle, and Sally Mann.

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January 24, 2009 - February 22, 2009
Past Exhibition

Inside Out: The Private World of Edith Caywood

This was the first museum exhibition in Georgia of the artist’s work. The subject matter of her work has been compared with the narratives of Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Kate Chopin. Most of her subjects are single figures or small groups of figures set in interiors, which could be interpreted as rooms in old Southern homes or as the…

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January 17, 2009 - April 19, 2009
Past Exhibition

J. C. Leyendecker: America’s “Other Illustrator”

This exhibition included more than fifty original works by Leyendecker from the collection of the Haggin Museum of Art in Stockton, California, repository for the nation’s most complete collection of Leyendecker’s sketches, magazine covers, and advertisements. J. C. Leyendecker: America’s “Other” Illustrator was organized by the Haggin Museum of Art, Stockton, California. The presentation of the exhibition at the Morris…

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November 1, 2008 - January 11, 2009
Past Exhibition

It’s a Dogs Life: Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection

This exhibition includes 29 photographs by one of the art world’s best known photographers. The prints on view featured Wegman’s now-famous pet Weimaraner, Fay Ray, successor to his original dog of the same breed, Man Ray. The photographs in the exhibition are typical of those produced using a special Polaroid camera, measuring 20 x 24 inches. The national tour of…

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October 11, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Past Exhibition

Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art

This exhibition examines plantation images in the American South, plus related slave imagery in the context of the American landscape tradition. It features more than 75 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and mixed media compositions. Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art was organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina.

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August 23, 2008 - October 19, 2008
Past Exhibition

Realist Paintings by Bryan LeBoeuf

This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to view the work of Bryan LeBoeuf, a young and talented artist from Houma, Louisiana. Informed by the techniques of the Old Masters, LeBoeuf’s paintings incorporate beautifully painted surfaces, careful composition, and almost Baroque lighting effects. His subject matter may be traditional in appearance but it is quite contemporary in its psychological and social…

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July 26, 2008 - September 28, 2008
Past Exhibition

Notes on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries: Paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble

This exhibition includes forty-one works of art by Jeffrey Kronsnoble, dating from the late 1960s to the present. From landscapes to meticulously rendered figures, Kronsnoble’s paintings are characterized by fluent draftsmanship and an appreciation for art history. Sponsored in part by CareSouth Homecare Professionals and by First Bank of Georgia.

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June 7, 2008 - August 10, 2008
Past Exhibition

A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist

The Morris Museum of Art presents a representative sampling of masterworks by A. Aubrey Bodine, a photographer in the pictorialist style, who worked at the Baltimore Sun for fifty years. The exhibition was organized with the assistance of Kathleen Ewing, Washington’s most important photography dealer and author of an authoritative book on Bodine’s photography.

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May 3, 2008 - July 13, 2008
Past Exhibition

Something to Look Forward To: Abstract Art by 22 Distinguished Artists of African Descent

The exhibition presents abstraction by African American artists inspired by the tradition of abstract expressionism. These artists, now in their sixties and seventies, have been pioneers for a half century in both the African American community and the art world. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Betty Blayton, Edward Clark, Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, Alvin Loving, Joe…

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March 22, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Past Exhibition

Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats along the Way: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by John Baeder

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Morris Museum of Art, includes oils and watercolors by John Baeder from the past thirty years, with emphasis on his affectionate documentation of roadside architecture.

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December 10, 2007 - March 9, 2008
Past Exhibition

Worth Remembering

Drawn from the Morris Museum’s own collections, Worth Remembering presents viewers with a variety of art objects, including paintings, photographs, and sculpture, that stimulate powerful associations with personal and social ideals, transcending the limitations of time and mortality.

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November 24, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Past Exhibition

A Collector’s Discoveries and Revelations

This exhibition is a small sampling of the many discoveries and revelations made by collector Julia J. Norrell as she assembled her collection of Southern art over the course of many years. Includes works by artists Jonathan Green, Beverly Buchanan, Eldridge Bagley, William Clarke, Nancy Witt, William Tolliver, and Stephen Kimball among others.

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September 22, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Past Exhibition

The Art of John Dos Passos

Known primarily as an author, John Dos Passos also spent nearly fifty years producing hundreds of paintings. This exhibition chronicles his work through a selection of over 55 of Dos Passos’s paintings. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in conjunction with Lucy Dos Passos Coggin. The presentation of the exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art is sponsored…

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September 8, 2007 - November 25, 2007
Past Exhibition

Beyond This World: Paintings by Lorenzo Scott

This exhibition celebrates the paintings of self-taught artist Lorenzo Scott which are inspired by his study of the Renaissance and Baroque masters.

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July 14, 2007 - September 9, 2007
Past Exhibition

Abbot, Audubon, Catesby, and Wilson: Naturalists in the South

This exhibition features prints and paintings by some of the most important artist-scientists to have worked in the South. The works of art were selected by curator Jay Williams from the permanent collection of the Morris. Sponsored in part by Georgia Power Company.

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June 30, 2007 - August 26, 2007
Past Exhibition

Genomes and Daily Observations

A supplement to the exhbition Abbot, Audubon, Catesby, and Wilson, this installation by Suzanne Stryk consists of her drawings (reminiscent of those of Catesby of Abbot), a naturalist’s desk piled with biological specimens, and a mirror imprinted with a section of the human genome. Sponsored in part by Georgia Power Company.

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June 30, 2007 - August 26, 2007
Past Exhibition

Philip Morsberger: A Passion for Painting

The Morris Museum of Art presents this world-class collection of paintings from local and international favorite, Philip Morsberger. Morsberger’s work is in major collections on both sides of the Atlantic, including those of the San Jose Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the…

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May 12, 2007 - June 17, 2007
Past Exhibition

To Be a Virginian Where I Grew Up: Paintings by Eldridge Bagley

Interpreting the life and landscape of rural Virginia over the course of more than twenty years, Eldridge Bagley’s paintings comprise one of the richest segments of the museum’s Julia J. Norrell Collection, from which this exhibition is drawn.

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May 12, 2007 - July 1, 2007
Past Exhibition

American Art Pottery from the Moody Collection at the Hickory Museum of Art

This exhibition of over one hundred thirty pieces celebrates the gift of Frances Johnson Moody to the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, North Carolina.

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March 2, 2007 - April 29, 2007
Past Exhibition

Tom Nakashima: Two Decades

The exhibition surveys the work of Tom Nakashima, William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University. It includes his most recent series of paintings, the “treepiles” and “orchardhouse” paintings.

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March 2, 2007 - April 29, 2007
Past Exhibition

Jacob Lawrence: The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series of 1938–40

The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman series are among Jacob Lawrence’s greatest achievements as a painter. At times powerfully exquisite, at other times raw, even awkward, their rough magic and expressive strength speak to us through time of two of the most important episodes of African American history. Organized by the Hampton University Museum. Sponsored in part at the Morris…

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January 12, 2007 - February 18, 2007
Past Exhibition

An Unbroken Circle: Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell

The Julia J. Norrell collection includes paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, sculpture, and folk art drawn from the portion of Ms. Norrell’s collection related to the American South. An Unbroken Circle gave viewers an opportunity to enjoy some of the notable works of art included in the collection.

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November 4, 2006 - February 18, 2007
Past Exhibition

Nostalgic Journey: American Illustration from the Collection of the Delaware Art Museum

Nostalgic Journey includes the work of some of America’s most respected illustrators and documents the influence of printing technology on their images. Illustrations for books and periodicals have been an important part of the American visual experience for the last one hundred fifty years. They were created by at least fifteen thousand trained, professional artists, most of whose names are…

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October 28, 2006 - December 31, 2006
Past Exhibition

Our Neighbors Collect: African American Art

Working in cooperation with the Morris Museum’s Friends of African American Art, the museum has assembled an exhibition representing work held in local private collections. Many of America’s most important African American artists have roots in the South—something that is often reflected in their work—and, early in the twentieth century, many of them became very influential. Limited resources often led…

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September 8, 2006 - October 29, 2006
Past Exhibition

Zelda by Herself: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

This exhibition of watercolors, as well as a section of Zelda Fitzgerald’s paper doll constructions, represents the recurrent themes in her late work. The images include nostalgic scenes from her life during the Jazz Age, fantasy pieces that revolve around well-known fairy tales, and biblical works that were created toward the end of her life when she was overcome by…

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August 26, 2006 - October 15, 2006
Past Exhibition

Human Foibles and Tender Mercies: The Photography of Lyle Bongé

The Morris Museum of Art presented Human Foibles and Tender Mercies: The Photography of Lyle Bongé, a selection of images of Mardi Gras shot by Bongé from the early 1960s through 1974. A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was born in 1929, Lyle Bongé was educated at Black Mountain College. A photographer since 1955, his work has been widely…

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August 26, 2006 - October 22, 2006
Past Exhibition

By Native Hands: Native American Baskets from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

The exhibition features sixty-five baskets from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, many of which have never been loaned before. Most of the baskets were produced between 1850 and 1910, by artisans representing more than forty North American tribes from across the continent. This collection features baskets of all types: from the small burden baskets of the Klikitat in the…

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June 8, 2006 - August 13, 2006
Past Exhibition

Realizations: The Art of Hubert Shuptrine

The exhibition celebrates the distinguished career of Chattanooga-native Hubert Shuptrine (1936–2006). The exhibition, drawn from museum and private collections around the southeast, includes nearly thirty of Shuptrine’s watercolors and is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title.

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May 27, 2006 - August 13, 2006
Past Exhibition

The Murphys of Savannah: A Family of Painters

This collection of works was culled from the Morris’s permanent collection and organized by Karen Towers Klacsmann, Adjunct Assistant Curator for Research. Each of the four artists represented in the exhibition made significant contributions to the cultural climate of Savannah.

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May 6, 2006 - June 25, 2006
Past Exhibition

The Songs of Maybelle Stamper

The Songs of Maybelle Stamper includes over eighty works on paper produced primarily while Stamper lived in the South, on Captiva Island, Florida beginning in the mid-1940s. While Stamper’s works refer to her experience of the natural world, they also spring from a deeper source, the world of imagination and dreams. In order to express spiritual and psychological truths as…

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April 22, 2006 - May 28, 2006
Past Exhibition

What Dogs Dream: Paintings and Works on Paper by William Dunlap

In this 2006 gala exhibition the artist explores the landscape of the mind and through his use of allegory, animism, and elements of language, he sheds light on the cultural landscape of the South. William Dunlap has distinguished himself as an artist, arts commentator and educator, during a career that has spanned more than three decades. The exhibition was sponsored…

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March 4, 2006 - May 7, 2006
Past Exhibition

Salmagundi Club: An American Institution

From a modest beginning, the Salmagundi Club has grown to more than six hundred members including artists, non-artists, and exceptional people in the entertainment and business community. Salmagundi Club: An American Institution represented a survey of the club’s history including more than sixty works of art, photographs, and the coveted Salmagundi Club medal. Exhibition presentation courtesy of the Salmagundi Club…

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January 28, 2006 - April 9, 2006
Past Exhibition

Illuminated Literature: The Art of Jerry and Brian Pinkney

Jerry and Brian Pinkney, father and son, have given form and color to stories that have shaped the values of a generation of children. The works in this exhibition were selected from eleven of the many great books that Jerry and Brian Pinkney have illustrated. Brian Pinkney’s scratchboard drawings have illustrated such books as In the Time of the Drums,…

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November 19, 2005 - February 19, 2006
Past Exhibition

An American Story: The Wyeth Family Tradition of Art

Over the past two decades, the public has shown a growing fascination with the paintings of the Wyeth family. This exhibition enlarges the public’s view of this famous clan, supplementing the trio’s paintings with work by four other talented members of the family circle. An American Story: The Wyeth Family Tradition of Art was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.…

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November 12, 2005 - January 15, 2006
Past Exhibition

The Cumberland Plateau: Photographs by Jack Stoddart

The Morris Museum of Art acquired a set of Jack Stoddart’s Upper Cumberland Collection of photographs in 2003 and here exhibits it for the first time in The Cumberland Plateau: Photographs by Jack Stoddart. During the seventies, Jack Stoddart worked in a sawmill and as an assistant to a veterinarian, while living in a primitive log cabin. All the while,…

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October 15, 2005 - November 13, 2005
Past Exhibition

Cheryl Goldsleger: utopia

For the series utopia Cheryl Goldsleger created mixed-media paintings based on the work of women architects, assuming the viewpoint of the female architects she encountered in her research. Cheryl Goldsleger: utopia was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta.

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September 24, 2005 - November 6, 2005
Past Exhibition

Passionate Observer: Eudora Welty among Artists of the Thirties

This exhibition presents Eudora Welty’s photographs of the 1930s together with paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by notable American artists of the era—offering comparisons between Welty’s artistic motivation and other visual interpretations of the times. The Passionate Observer: Eudora Welty among the Artists of the Thirties tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Inc., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is…

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September 3, 2005 - October 30, 2005
Past Exhibition

Heartland Memories: The Prints of Jackson Lee Nesbitt

This exhibition examines the length of printmaker Jackson Lee Nesbitt’s career. It includes the first etching he produced as a professional artist in 1935 as well as the last, in 1993. Nesbitt’s mentors included Thomas Hart Benton, one of the leading artists in the regionalist movement, characterized by realistic depictions of everyday scenes from the American Midwest and Deep South.…

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August 27, 2005 - October 9, 2005
Past Exhibition

Red Grooms: Selections from the Complete Graphic Work

This national touring exhibition covers more than 40 years of printmaking by the internationally-known artist, Charles Rogers “Red” Grooms. Organized by the State Museum in Grooms’s hometown, Nashville, Tennessee, it reveals the practiced hand of a lifelong master draftsman and a perfectionist who has experimented with all facets of printmaking. The exhibition consists of 130 objects including both two and…

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June 3, 2005 - August 21, 2005
Past Exhibition

Lord, Remember Me! Photographs by Stanley Lanzano

Stanley Lanzano’s photographs of revival meetings at small, African American churches in the South Carolina Lowcountry are eloquent and powerful witnesses to an American cultural tradition. Lanzano, vacationed at Pawleys Island resort in 1993 and visited a small African American congregation, where he heard Georgetown’s the Reverend Floyd Knowlin, an itinerant preacher. After a half-dozen trips back to South Carolina…

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March 19, 2005 - June 5, 2005
Past Exhibition

Rhythms of Life: The Art of Jonathan Green

The exhibition features 30 paintings spanning two decades by the native South Carolina artist drawn from both public and private collections. Rhythms of Life: The Art of Jonathan Green was organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art. The exhibition’s presentation in Augusta was made possible in part by Bold American Catering, Atlanta Gas Light Company, ElliottDavis, and Pollock Company.

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March 5, 2005 - May 15, 2005
Past Exhibition

The Faculty Show: Recent Work by ASU & USC/Aiken Art Department Faculty

The Faculty Show is a survey of recent works of art by the full-time instructional staff of Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina at Aiken. The exhibition was limited to one art work per artist, with the choice of the particular work left to the artist. Faculty members whose work is included in the exhibition include Albin…

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January 29, 2005 - March 13, 2005
Past Exhibition

A Northern Adventure: The Art of Fred Machetanz

Organized by the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Anchorage Museum Association, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue—of the same title—by Kesler Woodward.

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January 8, 2005 - February 20, 2005
Past Exhibition

Once Upon a Picture: The Art of Marc Brown

This exhibition is made up of original illustrations by the creator of the popular Arthur Adventure book series, which developed into the PBS television series Arthur. It includes many of Brown’s delightful pencil, pen-and-ink, and watercolor illustrations featuring the ever-popular characters and stories he has created. This exhibition was originally organized by the Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania, with the…

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November 13, 2004 - January 16, 2005
Past Exhibition

Ray Ellis in Retrospect: A Painter’s Journey

Ray Ellis in Retrospect: A Painter’s Journey, the first retrospective of Ellis’s work, includes dozens of paintings from the 1970s to the present, documenting a fifty-year career. Organized by the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; sponsored in part by Wachovia Wealth Management.

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October 22, 2004 - December 26, 2004
Past Exhibition

Walker Evans and James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

This exhibition illuminates Walker Evans’s changing perception of his own work through both editorial and philosophical revisions, and now, more than sixty years after its original publication, the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men reasserts the still poignant truth of Agee and Evans’s vision. The exhibition is drawn exclusively from original materials now preserved at the Harry Ransom Humanities…

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August 28, 2004 - October 10, 2004
Past Exhibition

Rolling Stone Press: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Established in 1984, Rolling Stone Press has published more than one hundred fifty editions by many of the most important artists in the Southeast. The Morris Museum collection includes work by William Christenberry, Don Cooper, Pat Courtney, John Koegel, and others. This selection demonstrates the Morris Museum’s ongoing commitment to the development of a significant collection of contemporary art that…

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August 14, 2004 - October 3, 2004
Past Exhibition

William Christenberry: The Tenant House Paintings

The exhibition, organized by the Morris Museum of Art, features work by one of the most widely collected and admired Southern artists. It is made up of early paintings, work that marked an important turning point in Christenberry’s career. William Christenberry is represented in virtually every major museum in the country, as well as corporate and private collections too numerous…

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August 7, 2004 - October 31, 2004
Past Exhibition

The Elemental Nude: Recent Sculpture by Anita Huffington

Anita Huffington has achieved noteworthy success over the length of her more than 30-year long career as a sculptor. The fluid and graceful forms of her sculpture evidence Huffington’s aspirations and training as a dancer. A dancer who studied with Martha Graham, Huffington’s affinity for all the arts soon put her in the company of poets, musicians, sculptors, and painters.…

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June 12, 2004 - August 1, 2004
Past Exhibition

Point of View: American Folk Art from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Collection

The exhibition features more than 85 works of art by fifty artists—including Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, and Noah Kinney—collected over thirty years by William and Ann Oppenhimer of Richmond, Virginia. Organized by the Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond Museums, Virginia. A seventy-two-page catalogue published by University of Richmond Museums accompanies the exhibition.

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May 28, 2004 - August 15, 2004
Past Exhibition

Janos Enyedi, Made in America: The American Industrial Landscape—Reconstructed

This retrospective exhibition highlighting the recent mixed media works of Janos Enyedi was organized and presented by the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in association with the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition is presented through a generous contribution from Altria Group, Inc. Additional support was provided by the AFL-CIO and private contributions. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated…

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April 2, 2004 - May 30, 2004
Past Exhibition

Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass

The is the first retrospective exhibition highlighting the bold and intricate work of one of this country’s leading glass sculptors, Richard Jolley. The exhibition, organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art, comprises dozens of objects dating from 1984 to the present. It is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

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March 6, 2004 - May 9, 2004
Past Exhibition

Recent Acquisitions: African American Art in the South

The Morris Museum of Art began the new year with an exhibition of nineteen works of art by nine prominent African American artists which were added, through gift or purchase, to the museum’s permanent collection during 2003. Particular highlights include major works by Hale Woodruff, Emma Amos, Elizabeth Catlett, Bessie Nickens, Purvis Young, and Lorenzo Scott.

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January 17, 2004 - March 28, 2004
Past Exhibition

Jack Spencer: Photographs from Native Soil

The exhibition of photographs, recently acquired for the museum’s permanent collection, was first published in Jack Spencer’s first book, Native Soil (Louisiana State University Press, 1999). Together, these works provide a concise survey of the field and darkroom techniques with which the artist has captured the haunting and evocative spirit of the Mississippi River Delta.

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January 10, 2004 - February 15, 2004
Past Exhibition

Baby-Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois

The fascinating work of acclaimed figurative artist Douglas Bourgeois is the subject of this major retrospective exhibition. The exhibition, which includes more than 60 paintings spanning the length of Bourgeois’s 25-year long career, was organized by David S. Rubin, Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalogue (published…

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November 22, 2003 - February 15, 2004
Past Exhibition

Edward Rice: Recent Monotypes

Recent works of North America and Europe by artist Edward Rice are featured in Edward Rice: Recent Monotypes. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalogue that features brief essays by Phillip Garrett, David Houston, June Lambla, and Edward Rice. The exhibition was made possible in part by the support of Pat Knox and H. M. Osteen.

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November 14, 2003 - January 4, 2004
Past Exhibition

The Low Country: Paintings by Preston Russell

This exhibition, organized by the Morris Museum of Art, features paintings that were published in Russell’s The Low Country: From Savannah to Charleston, Paintings by Preston Russell (2003).

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November 8, 2003 - January 11, 2004
Past Exhibition

A Century of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee

This exhibition features the work of more than 60 artists who lived or painted in Tennessee during the past 100 years. The traveling exhibition organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Tennessee Historical Society.

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August 23, 2003 - November 9, 2003
Past Exhibition

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art

This exhibition features more than seventy paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs by many of the most important American artists of the past century and a half. The exhibition catalogue features eighty full-color illustrations, scholarly contributions by Andrea Barnwell, Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, Kirsten Buick, and Amy Mooney, as well as a reflective essay on collecting by Walter O. Evans. It is…

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May 9, 2003 - August 10, 2003
Past Exhibition

Japonisme: The Influence of Japanese Art in the South

This exhibition includes prints and watercolors by several artists connected to the South whose work demonstrates the widespread influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western art in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Works in this exhibition were borrowed from the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, and from the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, South Carolina.

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March 13, 2003 - May 11, 2003
Past Exhibition

Walking the Log: Memories of a Southern Childhood: Paintings by Bessie Nickens

Selected works by self-taught artist Bessie Nickens are featured in an exhibition of her work. Many of the paintings in the exhibition appear in Nickens’s book of reminiscences Walking the Log: Memories of a Southern Childhood (New York: Rizzoli Publishers, 1994).

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March 1, 2003 - May 18, 2003
Past Exhibition

Martha Simkins Rediscovered

Selected works by American painter Martha Simkins are featured in the first major retrospective exhibition of her work. The traveling exhibition was organized and curated by Robert A. Horn of New York City in association with Martha Simkins, Inc., and sponsored by Roger E. Saunders and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Eitelman. A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition with…

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January 16, 2003 - April 20, 2003
Past Exhibition

Rituals: Works on Paper by Romare Bearden

This special exhibition of screenprints by Bearden, an acclaimed master of the medium, is highlighted by his Prevalence of Ritual Suite, which was recently acquired by the Morris Museum. The images in the suite—all dramatically large and, characteristically, brilliantly designed and colored—derive from some of the Bible stories Bearden learned to love as a child in Charlotte, North Carolina. The…

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November 15, 2002 - January 5, 2003
Past Exhibition

Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser

The exhibition showcases West Fraser’s plein-air paintings of city landmarks, lowcountry scenes, and glimpses of life along streets and lanes, marshes, and rivers. An accompanying book features two introductory essays by friend and collector Ted Phillips and art historian Angela Mack. Organized by the Charleston Renaissance Gallery.

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October 17, 2002 - January 5, 2003
Past Exhibition

Modernism in the South: Mid-Twentieth-Century Works in the Morris Museum Collection

This exhibition examines the influence of modernism on Southern artists, specifically those represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Accompanied by a catalogue by Marilyn Laufer.

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April 25, 2002 - August 4, 2002
Past Exhibition

Robin Hill’s Birds

Selected works by artist Robin Hill.

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February 7, 2002 - April 14, 2002
Past Exhibition

Henry Casselli: Master of the American Watercolor

This thirty-year retrospective exhibition of watercolorist Henry Casselli presents the full range of his work. From combat in Vietnam, to NASA missions, to portraits of the famous including Ronald Reagan, John Glenn, and Muhammad Ali, Casselli portrays his subjects with personal observation and attention. Known primarily as a painter of people, he also explores such recurring themes as ballet dancers,…

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November 29, 2001 - January 27, 2002
Past Exhibition

Jack Leigh: The Land I’m Bound To

This exhibition was organized by the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. In Augusta, the exhibition is generously underwritten by Young at Art, an affiliate organization of the Morris Museum of Art.

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August 23, 2001 - October 14, 2001
Past Exhibition

Personal Visions: Southern Self-Taught Art

This exhibition highlights works from the museum’s collection that were created by self-taught artists over the past fifty years. Whether described as “outsider art,” “visionary art,” or “self-taught art,” it is work characterized by spontaneity and eloquence of expression. It is art that stands apart from the mainstream, not bound by art history or traditions. It is art shaped by…

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June 21, 2001 - November 11, 2001
Past Exhibition

Maritime Memories: The Art of William O. Golding

Maritime Memories: The Art of William O. Golding chronicles the life and art of African American self-taught artist William O. Golding. It features selected works from the Morris Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the Charleston Renaissance Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

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June 14, 2001 - November 9, 2001
Past Exhibition

Western Perspectives: Wilson Hurley and George Carlson

April 19, 2001 - August 12, 2001
Past Exhibition

Kesler Woodward, North and South

Paintings from opposite corners of the continent are featured in an exhibition titled Kesler Woodward, North and South. The exhibition features landscapes of Alaska and the Carolinas by an artist who grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, and has spent most of his adult life as an artist, art professor, curator, and art historian in Alaska. Organized by the Morris…

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January 11, 2001 - April 8, 2001
Past Exhibition

Myth, Memory and Imagination: Photographs from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell

Photographs of sharecroppers, country churches, river baptisms, and other classic images of the rural South were featured in this exhibition which was drawn from a larger nationally traveling exhibition organized and circulated by the McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina.

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November 16, 2000 - December 31, 2000
Past Exhibition

The Sporting View: American Sporting Art from the Collection of Robert B. Mayo

Paintings, drawings, and illustrations dealing with the topics of hunting and fishing showcase the role of these sports in American art history. The works have been selected from the collection of 19th- and 20th-century sporting art assembled by Robert Mayo of Virginia.

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September 14, 2000 - January 3, 2001
Past Exhibition

Freeman and Cora Schoolcraft: A Tribute

In the exhibition Freeman and Cora Schoolcraft: A Tribute, the Morris Museum of Art recognizes the contributions made to the Augusta arts community in the second half of the twentieth century by Freeman Schoolcraft and his wife, Cora, artists who inspired and nurtured a circle of students and artists. A publication accompanies the exhibition.

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June 15, 2000 - September 3, 2000
Past Exhibition

Berry Fleming: August Artist and Author

Augusta-born Berry Fleming is one of the city’s best known writers, gaining national fame as the author of more than twenty novels including the popular Colonel Effingham’s Raid. His first love, however, was painting. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring essays by Starkey Flythe, William Harper, and Edward Rice.

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June 15, 2000 - October 29, 2000
Past Exhibition

Mark Catesby

English naturalist Mark Catesby is considered by many to be the founder of American ornithology. Catesby made two expeditions to the southern part of colonial America in the first half of the eighteenth century. His images of flora and fauna influenced the style of later artists, notably John Abbot and John James Audubon.

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June 9, 2000 - August 13, 2000
Past Exhibition

Art and Nature: The Hudson River School

Featuring 27 paintings by such noted artists as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford, John Kensett, David Johnson, John Casilear, and George Inness, the exhibition was organized from the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art in New York. Tour organized by Smith Kramer, Inc.

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April 3, 2000 - June 4, 2000
Past Exhibition

John Abbot: Early Georgia Artist and Naturalist

While he has been compared to fellow artist and scientist John James Audubon, John Abbot focused his life’s work in the state of Georgia. On display at the Morris Museum of Art are paintings from the permanent collection of the Morris as well as works on loan from Robert M. Hicklin, Jr.

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March 5, 2000 - May 29, 2000
Past Exhibition

William Halsey

Collages, assemblages, and sculptures celebrating the distinguished career of William Halsey are on exhibit. A noted modernist, known as a pioneer of abstract painting in the South, Halsey drew inspiration from Charleston, South Carolina, the historic city he loved. The exhibition was organized by the Greenville County Museum of Art as part of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s millennial celebration,…

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January 27, 2000 - March 26, 2000
Past Exhibition

Philip Morsberger: Paintings and Drawings from the Sixties

Figurative paintings from the 1960s heavily influenced by the political climate and pop art trends of the of the time offer audiences a different perspective on the work of Philip Morsberger. The exhibition features paintings drawn primarily from the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, with additional works borrowed from Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio; Columbus Museum,…

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January 27, 2000 - March 19, 2000
Past Exhibition

Subdued Hues: Mood and Scene in Southern Landscape Painting, 1865–1925

Estill Curtis Pennington has selected landscapes from the Morris Museum’s collection and from ten other museums and four private collections to address the question of how landscape painting in the South differed from works created in the same time period by American artists in other areas of the country. In the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, Mr. Pennington explores the…

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November 18, 1999 - January 16, 2000
Past Exhibition

The Charleston Renaissance

This exhibition, the most comprehensive study of the art of this period, features works created in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1915 through the 1940s. The Morris Museum will also showcase 32 complementary works by significant artists from its permanent collection in the exhibition. Organized by the Greenville County Museum of Art, The Charleston Renaissance was curated by Martha R. Severens,…

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September 9, 1999 - November 7, 1999
Past Exhibition

Robert Stackhouse: Major Works

This retrospective exhibition, organized by the Morris Museum of Art, and the accompanying catalogue offer a comprehensive overview of Stackhouse’s life and work to the present date. The exhibition will include representative examples from his earliest works and his noted A-frame structures of the 1970s through his works of the 1990s. Organized by the Morris Museum of Art and curated…

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May 20, 1999 - August 22, 1999
Past Exhibition

Robert Gwathmey: Works from Southern Collections

This is a small, focused exhibition designed to showcase a single painting from the Morris Museum’s collection in the context of other works by the same artist. Organized by the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia, the exhibition brings together works from the collections of seven Southern art museums. It opened in Columbus in October 1998, spotlighting the painting entitled Sunday Morning,…

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February 18, 1999 - May 9, 1999
Past Exhibition

Sojourners Abroad: Southern Women Artists in Europe

Evidence abounds to challenge the idea that Southern women artists studied and worked in relative obscurity and isolation during the past 120 years. As part of an ongoing research project, the Women Artists Committee at the Morris Museum of Art found that the artists presented in this exhibition followed traditional paths of art study that were available in this part…

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February 18, 1999 - May 2, 1999
Past Exhibition

Heirs of Magic Realism: Representation in Current Dutch Painting

This special exhibition, which showcases the work of a dozen Dutch artists, was put together by Estill Curtis Pennington. With this exhibition, Mr. Pennington introduces to us the work of artists who reflect both a concern with the solidity of things in the formal composition of their work, and an implied subliminal narrative theme. In so doing, he also finds…

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February 18, 1999 - May 2, 1999
Past Exhibition

Wolf Kahn: Southern Landscapes

This exhibition presents a distinctive body of original pastels and oil paintings inspired by the environment of Augusta, Georgia, and the surrounding region, all created by one of America’s most respected contemporary landscape painters. The installation also offers a rare opportunity to study the diverse stages in the working process of a major artist.

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February 18, 1999 - May 2, 1999
Past Exhibition

Haunter of Ruins: Clarence John Laughlin

A special exhibition of 65 photographs by Clarence John Laughlin, Haunter of Ruins: Clarence John Laughlin is originated by the Historic New Orleans Collection and is circulated by Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, a Bulfinch Press book published by Little, Brown in 1997, and features excerpts from Laughlin’s writings and letters as well as…

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December 3, 1998 - January 17, 1999
Past Exhibition

Spirit of the North: The Art of Eustace Paul Ziegler

This retrospective exhibition of nearly one hundred paintings, drawings, etchings, and illustrative works by Eustace Paul Ziegler, one of Alaska’s most beloved artists includes works drawn from Alaska collections, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, California, Georgia, and New York, and represents a collaborative venture between the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and the Morris Museum of Art.

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November 12, 1998 - January 31, 1999
Past Exhibition

Augustus Vincent Tack: Landscape of the Spirit

Augustus Vincent Tack: Landscape of the Spirit was organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. This is the first retrospective exhibition ever devoted to the career of American visionary painter Augustus Vincent Tack. The exhibition debuted at the Phillips Collection in 1993 before beginning a national tour.

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August 4, 1998 - October 25, 1998
Past Exhibition

The West in American Art: Selections from the Bill and Dorothy Harmsen Collection of Western Americana

The museum of painting in the South takes on a Western look with this special exhibition which includes approximately 60 paintings exploring our fascination with the American West. Organized for national tour by the Colorado Historical Society in Denver, Colorado, the paintings have been selected from the William and Dorothy Harmsen Collection of Western Americana which is important both for…

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May 28, 1998 - July 19, 1998
Past Exhibition

On the Road with Thomas Hart Benton: Images of a Changing America

A exhibition exploring the travels of Thomas Hart Benton as inspiration for some of his most significant works is on display at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta before going on a national tour. Curated by J. Richard Gruber the exhibition features some twenty paintings and more than fifty-five drawings and will travel under the auspices of Smith-Kramer Fine…

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February 12, 1998 - May 10, 1998
Past Exhibition

1997 Exhibitions

• Celebrating Southern Art: A Fifth Anniversary Exhibition (November 20, 1997–February 1, 1998) • American Icons: From Madison to Manhattan, the Art of Benny Andrews, 1948–1997 (September 4–November 2, 1997) • Arless Day: Recent Collages (June 19–August 2, 1997) • The Southern Scene (May 22–November 1, 1997) • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Art of Lamar Baker (May…

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January 15, 1997 - February 1, 1998
Past Exhibition

1996 Exhibitions

• Southern Arts & Crafts, 1890–1940 (November 7–December 29, 1996) • Aiden Lassell Ripley and Artists of the Southern Scene (October 1, 1996– January 31, 1997) • Ida Kohlmeyer: Recent Works (September 5–October 20, 1996) • Echoes& Late Shadows: The Larger World of Southern Impressionism (June 6–August 18, 1996) • Southern Impressionists on Paper (June 6–August 18, 1996) • 20th…

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January 11, 1996 - December 29, 1996
Past Exhibition

1995 Exhibitions

• Martin Johnson Heade: The Floral and Hummingbird Studies from the St. Augustine Historical Society (November 11, 1995–February 15, 1996) • Gracious Plenty: American Still-Life Art from Southern Collections (November 9–December 31, 1995) • Upland Game Birds: Watercolors by Robin Hill (October 18, 1995–April 22, 1997) • Frank Stella: Imaginary Places (September 28–October 22, 1995) • Robert Rauschenberg: Major Printed…

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January 12, 1995 - February 15, 1996
Past Exhibition

1994 Exhibitions

• The Dot Man: George Andrews of Madison, Ga.(September 7–December 31, 1994) • Alfred Hutty on Paper (August 15–December 21, 1994) • Vividly Told: Contemporary Southern Narrative Painting (May 19–August 14, 1994) • Jasper Johns: Collecting Prints (March 10–May 8, 1994) • Victorian Visionary: The Art of Elliott Daingerfield (January 13–March 5, 1994)

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January 13, 1994 - December 31, 1994
Past Exhibition

1993 Exhibitions

• Light of Touch: Select Works on Paper (October 24, 1993–January 2, 1994) • John Bodeker Savage: A Georgia Painter Rediscovered (September 8–October 17, 1993) • Will Henry Stevens: An Eye Transformed, A Hand Transforming (July 15–December 31, 1993) • The Art of Josephine Sibley Couper (April 15–June 28, 1993) • To Take Flight: Ornithological Art from the Permanent Collection…

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April 15, 1993 - January 2, 1994
Past Exhibition

1992 Opening Exhibition

• A Southern Collection (September 1992–March 1993)

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September 1, 1992 - March 1, 1993