Reach for the Sky

November 4 - February 4, 2018

Artists have often turned to the beauty and mystery of the sky as sources of inspiration. From the rich blue canopy seen on a summer day to the dark, menacing look of an approaching storm, the majestic brightness of the moon and stars, or the calming effect of a peaceful sunset, the emotional pull of the heavens is a strong attraction. Reach for the Sky brings together a group of works from the HMA permanent collection that features the shifting appearances of Earth’s upper atmosphere and sometimes even the realms beyond Earth.

From the masterful skies of Charles Harold Davis to the otherworldly views of famed science fiction artist Chesley Bonestell, the exhibit will feature not only paintings and prints but also decorative arts such as glass and furniture. A wide variety of eras and artistic styles will be included, such as 19th century paintings by Charles Daubigny and Eugene Boudin, work by 20th century masters such as Sonia Delaunay, Rockwell Kent and Ralph Blakelock, and contemporary painters such as Donald Sultan and Tula Telfair.

Presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Reach for the Sky

​Clare Romano (American, 1922-2017), New Hampshire Sky. Color etching, edition 35/150, plate: 11 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Chellgren, 1984.143.2.