Designed with a Twist

February 2 - November 22, 2015

Since the beginning of glass blowing more than 2,000 years ago, different design techniques have been used to add variety to simple vessel shapes. Once design technique involves a twist of hot glass, and this twist can range from a simple turn of the wrist as seen in Fritz Dreisbach’s Goblet from 1976, to a complicated manipulation of a bubble inside the stem as seen in the “air twist,” or the spiraling action of colored enamel rods in the stem of a glass as seen in the “cotton twist.”

All of the works on view in this Glass Gallery exhibit come from the Museum’s permanent collection, and range in date from the latter half of the 18th century to the late 20th century.

This exhibit 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.

Goblet photo by Amanda Abbott and Brittany Ward.

Collection Wisdom: Trustees Select I

July 25 - November 8, 2015

Out of the more than 15,000 works of art in the permanent collection at the Huntington Museum of Art, which work would you pick as your favorite, and why? For a series of exhibits we are calling Collection Wisdom, we are posing that question to folks who know the collection well, HMA’s staff members and Board of Trustees.

Coming on the heels of Collection Wisdom: Staff Selects and Mary H. Hodges, In Memory of J. Churchill Hodges, Presents Collection Wisdom: Emeritus & Honorary Trustees Select, this exhibit features artwork chosen by members of HMA’s Board of Trustees.

This exhibit will include Figures in Sunlight by Childe Hassam, which was selected by HMA Board of Trustees Member Cathy Burns, and Road and River by Edward Willis Redfield, which was selected by HMA Board of Trustees Member Doris Andrews.

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.

Jeffrey Sippel will give a public presentation about his work on October 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. Admission to the public presentation is free. Refreshments will be served. He will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Alternative Lithography and Monotype” on October 2-4, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information.

Jeffrey Sippel, Professor of Printmaking, joined the faculty of the University of St. Louis, Missouri, in 1998. Before that time he served as Education Director of Tamarind Institute from 1988 to 1998, The Ohio State University from 1985-1988 and in 1981 directed the Quensen Lithographic Studio in Lamspringe, Germany. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University.

Sippel has presented more than 60 lectures and workshops throughout the world. Sippel’s prints and mixed media artworks have been exhibited in more than 40 solo and two-person exhibitions, including exhibitions at Sala Negro, EL Instituto Chileno Nortreamericano, Santiago, Chile; the Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL; Gallery KO 25, Hanover, Germany; the University of Talca Gallery of Art, Santiago, Chile; and the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. He has also participated in more than 200 group exhibitions.

Sippel is represented by Gruen Galleries in Chicago and his work is in numerous public and corporate collections on four continents, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Bibliotheque Nationale deFrance, Paris, France; and the Smithsonian National Museum of Art, Washington D.C.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

The opening reception for this exhibit takes place during the Fourth Tuesday Tour on July 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. Beau Smith will be the guest speaker for the event. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Once a uniquely American form of visual communication, the modern comic book and the dynamic cast of heroes and villains spawned within its pages are enjoying a meteoric worldwide renaissance.

While some printed media struggle to find readers, sales of comic books are peaking at their highest levels in two decades; scores of commercially successful and critically acclaimed comic book-inspired movies populate the box office; college students wear superheroes on university-licensed T-shirts to show school spirit; and the original artwork for newspaper comic strips and comic books has become a prized collectible exhibited by major museums around the globe.

No longer a niche hobby, comic books now represent an impressive slice of popular and commercial culture.

WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the Collection features original comic book art, comic strips and sequential drawings created by some of America’s most noted comic artists, such as Bob Kane, Ernie Chan and Neil Adams, from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture.

This exhibit is presented by The Herald-Dispatch. 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.

This exhibit will tap into the Museum’s rich collection of American paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, decorative arts, and historic firearms to explore artworks created between the first years of the American Civil War up through the end of World War II.

Most artists don’t work in a vacuum, and their works, consciously or unconsciously portray the time in which they are created. Carefully selected objects, zeitgeists if you will, that contain the spirit of the era in which they were made, and following a timeline of American history from 1861 through 1945, will be highlighted. This era, rich in national and international events, expansion and exploration of the country, and technological and industrial changes, reveals great turbulence and soul-searching in what was still a fairly young nation trying to make its mark on the world map.

On view will be a number of works created as part of the war efforts, but most will be non-war related artworks that portray the range of artistic styles and developments from reconstruction and the “Golden Age,” the romanticizing of the American West, the American expatriates and artistic study abroad in the late 19th century, and up through early American modernism, the Depression era, regionalism, and the beginnings of Abstract Expressionism in the early-to-mid-20th century. This span of time, as seen through the creations by American artists and designers, takes the viewer from a mid-19th century focus on America, a shift to European artistic styles and trends, and then back to the United States with a focus on regionalism—culminating in a clash of ideas and styles as the nation progresses toward the middle of the 20th century.

Artists featured in the exhibit include Winslow Homer, Ralph Blakelock, George Inness, Daniel Chester French, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Childe Hassam, Enoch Wood Perry, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Arthur Dow, Edward Robinson Leigh, Frederic Remington, Robert Henri, Abraham Walkowitz, Blanche Lazzell, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Peggy Bacon, Andrew Wyeth, Charles Burchfield, Berenice Abbott, John Taylor Arms, and objects manufactured by Central Glass Co., Wooten Desk Co., Mt. Washington Glass Co., Atterbury and Co., Roycroft Studios, Paden City Glass Manufacturing Co., Weller Pottery, Grueby Faience Company, Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Co., Akro Agate Glass Co., Homer Laughlin, and many others.

Created Between the Wars: American Art 1861-1945 is generously sponsored by

  • Anonymous, In Honor of Halcyon Moses’s kindness and generosity;
  • Anonymous, In Memory of Robert Hickman;
  • W.B. “Bart” Andrews, In Honor of Doris B. Andrews;
  • Adam Joseph Booth, In Memory of Jeanne Ellen Kaplan Dunn;
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bernard R. Gebhart, II, In Memory of their parents;
  • Dr. Scott and Mary Gibbs, In Memory of Mr. Fergus L. Hanson;
  • Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Heiner, Jr.,
  • In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Dudley and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hensley;
  • Nancy Hoey, In Memory of Charlotte and Albert Boos;
  • Leon K. and Suzanne M. Oxley, In Honor of Kermit McGinnis;
  • Larry Queen, In Memory of Rebecca and Ryan Queen;
  • and Irene Windle, In Memory of Wayne C. Windle.

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.

The opening reception for this event takes place during the June Fourth Tuesday Tour on June 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. The opening reception has a tea party theme and will include refreshments, activities, costumed characters and more. Admission is free.

Saturday KidsArt will also feature a contest related to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on June 6 and June 13, with prizes presented on June 20 at 1 p.m. at the beginning of Saturday KidsArt, which is generously sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital.

In mid-January 2015 the New York Times published an article titled “A Girl Turns 150, and Fans Take Note.” This, of course, is referring to Alice, of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fame and 150 to the date since the well-known book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) was written by Charles L. Dodgson, better known to the world as Lewis Carroll. The story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has become part of everyone’s collective memory—through books, movies, music, or allusions to characters and places in the book (i.e. down the rabbit hole, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat grin, etc.), yet most of us do not know much about the back story of Alice and the man who brought her adventures to life. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering study of the life and works of Carroll, is planning major celebratory exhibitions and programs across the United States to commemorate this Alice 150 event.

Locally, we will be celebrating this important sesquicentennial by presenting a selection of objects from the more than 3,500 items that make up the Lewis Carroll Collection of Victoria J. Sewell. Husband and wife team, Victoria and Byron Sewell, of Hurricane, W.Va., have spent the past 25 years building an extensive Lewis Carroll collection. The exhibit, curated by the Sewells, will include first edition and signed books, original drawings, playbills, and photographs, Alice books illustrated by various English and American illustrators, Alice books in translation and as illustrated by various illustrators around the world, parodies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice in the performing arts including dance, theatrical performances, movies and music, and much more.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an annotated catalogue from Evertype which will feature an introductory essay by Dodgson biographer Edward Wakeling, who recently published a book titled Lewis Carroll: The Man and His Circle, and prefaced by the Sewells. A muchness of programming is planned in conjunction with the exhibit, including a Mad Hatter Tea Party! You can follow other Alice 150 events at lewiscarrollresources.net, or on Facebook: Alice 150: Celebrating Wonderland. For information on a free download of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” click here

This exhibit is presented by HIMG.This exhibit is presented by HIMG. This exhibit is sponsored by the Huntington Mall Complex. 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.

Collection Wisdom: Staff Selects

March 21 - July 12, 2015

A guided tour of this exhibit takes place during the Fourth Tuesday Tour on April 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. This is a Macy’s Free Tuesday event.

Out of the 15,000 works of art in the permanent collection at the Huntington Museum of Art, which work would you pick as your favorite, and why? For a series of exhibits we are calling Collection Wisdom, we are posing that question to folks who know the collection well, HMA’s staff members and Board of Trustees.

Collection Wisdom: Staff Selects offers a variety of artistic styles and media chosen by HMA staff members. Works on view will include Love Tokens by Jules Breton (French, 1827-1906), selected by HMA Registrar Linda Sanns who has been with the Museum for 34 years! Come and see what has been selected, and why, and think about your favorite work!

Sustaining Sponsors, In Support of HMA Staff

  • Carolyn Bagby
  • Gayle Cox
  • John and Harriette Cyrus
  • William and Sarah Denman
  • Robert and Joyce Levy
  • Robert Y. Csernica

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.

A guided tour of the exhibit takes place during the Fourth Tuesday Tour on March 24, 2015, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. This is a Macy’s Free Tuesday event.

Beginning with works from the early 18th century by Maria Sibylla Merian (Dutch, 1647-1717), and continuing into the 21st century with works from 2013 by Kate Bingaman- Burt (American, b. 1977), this exhibit will examine works by women artists who use the medium of paper to explore their world. The exhibit will include drawing, pastel, prints, photography, watercolor, hand-made paper, molded paper pulp, and a mixed media quilt.

The exhibit will include approximately 50 works by artists including (besides the two mentioned above) Käthe Kollwitz, Marie Laurencin, Sonia Delaunay, Berenice Abbott, Blanche Lazzell, Louise Nevelson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marcia Marx, Lee Bontecou, Yvonne Jacquette, Helen Frankenthaler, Kiki Smith, Miriam Schapiro, Ida Kohlmeyer, Lesley Dill, Maggie Taylor, Janet Fish, Lynda Benglis, Alison Saar, Joan Mitchell, Carrie Mae Weems, Sandy Skoglund, and Sook Jin Jo, among others.

The exhibit will be presented in the Museum’s Daine Gallery, which was designed specifically for exhibitions featuring works on paper. The show will be on view during March, Women’s History Month. Since the year 2000, there has been a conscious effort on the Museum’s part to acquire works by women, and artists of color for the permanent collection. This is the first in a series of exhibits, which will present a selection of works by women artists in a variety of media.

This exhibit is presented by Macy’s. Additional financial support for this exhibit is provided by 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.

The awards ceremony and opening reception will begin on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Every spring HMA hosts an exhibition of art from the middle schools and high schools in our Tri-State area of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. This event, called Portfolio, is very special for students and art teachers. Students are delighted to have their work displayed in a museum.

When they attend the opening, often with parents and family members, they are so pleased and proud of their accomplishments. Teachers also experience pride and gratification when they see their students being honored.

Monetary awards are an added bonus to all of these good feelings. A Professor of Art from Marshall University carefully views and judges all of the work, selecting the 13 award winners. This is a challenging task, taking time and consideration, since there are usually about 180 to 200 works of art in the Portfolio exhibit. There are eight recognition awards of $25 each; four excellence awards of $50 each; and one award for $100, the Janet Bromley Excellence in the Arts Award. These award winners are announced, recognized and congratulated at the opening reception. In addition, the judge delivers a presentation which is intended to give further learning and insight for students and teachers.

Participating Tri-State counties include Cabell, Putnam, Jackson, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo and Mason in West Virginia; Lawrence County in Ohio; and Boyd and Greenup in Kentucky.

This exhibit is presented by the Marshall University College of Arts and Media.

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.

Marshall University College of Arts and Media Presents Portfolio 2015

Studio Selections

May 12 - May 17, 2015

Opening Reception takes place on May 12, 2015, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Studio Selections is a celebration! Every spring HMA’s classes and workshop participants exhibit their work in HMA’s Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall. This great occasion brings family and friends to view artwork created by artists and to enjoy a reception to honor their accomplishments.

Classes offered at HMA include pottery, photography, drawing and watercolor.

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.

Studio Selections

Walter Gropius Master Artist Mark Pharis speaks about his work during a public presentation at HMA on April 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Pharis will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Two Dimensions to Three Dimensions and Back Again: Function, Context, and Process” on April 24-26, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For workshop fee information, call (304) 529-2701.

Mark Pharis was introduced to ceramics in the fall of 1967 as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. While still finding his way around the art department, Pharis was encouraged to study under renowned functional ceramist and professor, Warren MacKenzie. Pharis had a transformational experience, drawn to his mentor’s ability to eloquently combine form and function within a structured set of rules. He graduated in 1971 and established a pottery studio in the rural outskirts of Houston, MN. For more than a decade, Pharis created functional pottery – thrown and fired in a wood and oil-fired kiln – and was employed by various Midwestern universities as a visiting artist. Pharis reconnected with the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in 1985, this time as a professor. He served as Chair of the department from 1998-2004, and as the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 2004-2008. His exhibitions are numerous and his work can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Gardner Museum, Toronto, Canada; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. Pharis resides in Roberts, Wisconsin.

Pharis has been making functional pottery for more than 40 years, and is particularly interested in the wide range of objects used in domestic environments: enduring themes such as vases, cups, teapots and plates. Pharis’s process is inspired by geometry and relies upon two-dimensional paper patterns – a process that owes much to the traditions of patternmaking found in sewing and sheet metal work. Ultimately constructed from clay slabs, these earthenware forms possess a dynamic and engaging presence that goes beyond utility and surface decoration. The endless variations of these familiar objects enrich our everyday lives and, in a broader sense, help to shape our cultural identity. Archeology and history suggest that humanity’s need for functional clay vessels is nothing short of eternal; our own culture is no exception. However, the efforts of contemporary clay artists are shifting as industry assumes more and more manual tasks, refocusing our own basic, utilitarian needs.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

Koo Schadler will speak about her work at 7 p.m. March 26, 2015, at HMA. Admission to this public presentation is free. Schadler will present a workshop at HMA titled “The Still Life in Egg Tempera” from March 27-29, 2015. The workshop is full and we cannot accept any additional registrations for the workshop. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Schadler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, Boston, MA, in 1984. After graduating, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, settling in Florence, Italy, to pursue her studies in art history and painting. Schadler returned to the states in 1986 and moved to California. There she was introduced to egg tempera, one of the oldest painting techniques, by Chester Arnold at the College of Marin. She moved east in the 1990s, to a small town in southern New Hampshire. With a deepening commitment to the techniques of the Old Masters, Schadler studied oil painting with husband and wife duo, Numael and Shirley Pulido – renowned for their understanding of classical painting principles – while mastering egg tempera on her own. She established a studio and now pursues full-time the study and creation of egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings.

Schadler is a Master Painter of The Copley Society of Boston, a contributing editor at The Artist’s Magazine and a board member of the International Society of Tempera Painters. Schadler writes and lectures on egg tempera and teaches tempera and gesso-making workshops around the US and abroad. Schadler’s paintings and drawings are in more than 400 private and corporate collections and many museums nationwide. Her work is represented by the Arden Gallery in Boston, MA, and Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA.

Schadler favors the pre-Renaissance medium of egg yolks, powdered pigment and water to create astoundingly detailed, intensely colored egg tempera paintings of the natural world. Employed by artists from Botticelli to Wyeth, egg tempera paint is generally applied in scores of diluted, thin, often transparent layers of color. As the image builds, the interaction of these layers of color creates the rich, luminous look and brilliant surface unique to tempera paintings. Schadler’s masterfully executed works draw inspiration from the compositions and traditional settings of Northern and Italian Renaissance paintings. However, the common cast of biblical characters is replaced by birds, bugs, frogs, terrapins, rabbits and other creatures. Like a medieval manuscript illuminator, Schadler often incorporates lettering into her work, juxtaposed with the minutiae of nature.

In her artist statement, Schadler writes: “I became a painter because of my love for craftsmanship and my love for Old Master painting. My love for the natural world gives me my subject matter. These inspirations are fundamental, and sufficient to explain all the artwork I produce. My artwork gives me the opportunity to quietly observe nature. Animals, particularly the quiet and inconspicuous varieties, are among my favorite subjects. They are visually interesting and beautifully patterned; mysterious and unknowable; of infinite value to humans and the world at large. I enjoy placing them at center stage. To me there is nothing as well-designed as the alphabet, as geometrically pure as a seashell, as visually graceful as a flower, or as decorative as a spotted bunny.”

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

The opening reception for this event takes place on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Huntington Museum of Art will be one of three venues for the West Virginia Art & Craft Guild’s 10th Juried Competition. The exhibit was open to all artists and crafts persons and showcases both established and emerging artists.

Prior to traveling to Huntington, the exhibit will have been on view at the Parkersburg Art Center (November 16 – December 27, 2014), and the Wheeling Artisan Center (January 15 – February 21, 2015). The jurors for this year’s exhibit were Atticus Adams, a sculptor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who grew up in West Virginia, and Mark Tobin Moore, a collage artist who lives in Charleston, West Virginia, and who is also a Professor of Art and Art History at Concord University in Athens, WV. Seventy-three works of art were selected, representing 41 artists.

The West Virginia Art & Craft Guild is a non-profit membership organization, formed in 1963 by people determined to preserve and promote the creative lifestyle in West Virginia. Its projects include workshops, a craft marketing program, co-sponsorship of the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair at Ripley, and this exhibition.

With this addition, the Huntington Museum of Art has become a venue for three important regional artist groups, Tri-State Arts Association, Allied Artists of West Virginia, and now, West Virginia Art & Craft Guild.

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.

West Virginia Art and Craft Guild 10th Juried Competition

Mary H. Hodges, In Memory of J. Churchill Hodges, Presents: COLLECTION WISDOM: Emeritus & Honorary Trustees Select will be featured during the January 2015 4th Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. January 27, 2015. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

For the next year-and-a-half the Museum has scheduled a series of small exhibitions that will tap the knowledge which our Trustees and Staff have gleaned about HMA’s collection during their many years of involvement with this institution. We had great success with an exhibition in 2010 called Docents Select, and we are presenting these follow-up shows with collection picks from staff and board members; for who better knows the collection and the mission of the Museum?

This series of shows will be presented on the Bridge Gallery, and will be divided into four distinct exhibits as follows:

Emeritus and Honorary Board Members (October 25, 2014 – February 15, 2015)

HMA Staff (March 21, 2015 – July 12, 2015)

Voting Board Members I (July 25, 2015 – November 8, 2015)

Voting Board Members II (November 21, 2015 – February 21, 2016)

We are asking each trustee and staff member to pick a favorite small-scale work, and provide a short write-up explaining why a specific work was selected. It will be interesting to view their choices!

This exhibit is presented by Mary H. Hodges, In Memory of J. Churchill Hodges. Additional support for this exhibit is provided by 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.

Opening reception takes place November 14, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Janie Welker, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, will present The Lawrence B. and Shirley Gang Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. November 14, 2014. Admission is free. A reception follows.

This exhibit will also be highlighted during the November 2014 4th Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. November 25, 2014. Refreshments will be served.

HIMG Presents: WIDE ANGLE: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky was organized by UK Curator, Janie Welker. It features a diverse selection of 71 works (from a collection of more than 1,300) by both renowned and lesser-known artists, whose work illustrates some of the major themes in 20th- and 21st century. Among these are portraiture and the portrayal of gender; the transition from traditional photography to constructed landscapes, and the conventions of documentary photography, street photography, and images manipulated for psychological effect. Artists represented in the exhibit include Walker Evans, Doris Ulmann, Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Andy Warhol, Aaron Siskind, Carrie Mae Weems and Cindy Sherman.

Lexington, Kentucky, has a particularly rich history in photography, due in part to the Lexington Camera Club, and the people associated with that group. Founded in 1936, and active until 1972, it nurtured the careers of two photographers who became renowned figures in the photography world, Van Deren Coke and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, as well as talented regional photographers including Robert C. May, whose bequest of photographs and funding has been integral to building the UK Art Museum’s collection.

This exhibit is presented by HIMG and sponsored by Gary Caudill, In Memory of Roger Pemberton; Dolores Cook, In Memory of Willis W. Cook; Rynnie and Scott Cotter, In Memory of Mrs. Amy Douthat Roberts; Donna L. and William D. Cubbedge, In Memory of Sally Sigal; Warren and Judith Dumke, In Memory of Ann Csernica; High Performance Heat Treating, Inc., In Honor of Lyle Ramsey; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon F. Howell, In Memory of Joe Cox; Dr. Montserrat Miller, Dr. Daniel Holbrook and John Holbrook, In Memory of Linda Hamilton; Tamara Nimmo, In Memory of Cleadith and Christine Nimmo; Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Oakes, In Memory of Richard E Oakes II, M.D.; Robert D. Olson, In Honor of Dalai Lama; Franklin E. Sampson, In Memory of Bernie Lou Sampson; Anne Shuff, In Honor of Cynthia Dearborn; James and Patricia Shope, In Memory of Thornton Barrette and wife Eleanor; and Jeremy and Paula Watts. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Opening reception takes place November 14, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Janie Welker, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, will present The Lawrence B. and Shirley Gang Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. November 14, 2014. Admission is free. A reception follows.

This exhibit will also be highlighted during the November 2014 4th Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. November 25, 2014. Refreshments will be served.

This exhibition features a collection of 47 works by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984), selected from The Museum Set, a grouping Adams made late in his life with images he felt were his best. Included are many of Adams’ most famous and best-loved photographs which encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits, and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. The exhibition also includes a photo portrait of Ansel Adams by James Alinder.

In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its more respected environmentalists. He profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography not only through the example of his sumptuous and technically precise images, but also by means of his personal energy and devotion to advancing the cause of photography as an art form.

This exhibition was organized by The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California. Photographs by Ansel Adams used by permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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Sustaining sponsors for this exhibit are The Herald-Dispatch and Diane C. and Maurice A. Mufson, M.D. Contributing sponsors for this exhibit are The Ohio Valley Camera Club of West Virginia and Lavender Photography. 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.

Opening reception for this exhibit takes place November 2, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Stephanie A. Skolik, M.D., began to paint at the age of twelve. Since then she has always painted. At a point in her early adult years she had to make a decision whether to pursue a career in medicine, or a career in art. She chose medicine, but she still paints, and has been for 40 years – not to be seen by anyone, not even to be seen by herself, but for, as she says, “the journey of painting, the personal experience, the feeling of painting – painting what is in my consciousness onto a canvas.”

Skolik earned a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in 1981 and graduated from the University’s School of Medicine in 1985. She was a finalist in the U.S. Olympic Trials in basketball in 1980 and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 1981. She admits, however, that during her years at Marshall she haunted the fine arts department. She took two years off during her medical studies to pursue her artistic training, but she ended up returning to medicine for her vocation, and for more than 20 years has dedicated herself to improving the lives of West Virginians. She is an ophthalmologist in Huntington, West Virginia, and President and CEO of the Huntington Retina Center. In 2013 she was honored with the Outstanding Woman in Technology Award for her retinopathy research and invention of devices to assist with eye surgery.

“As a physician who works in a field critical to sight and retina care, I am more acutely aware of how to execute my own vision and how the visual representation of what I see, both inner and outer perception, is communicated in my work.” Many muses speak to her, and she experiments with a variety of media (oil paint, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, mixed media) and styles, including realism, surrealism, and abstraction.

This will be the first major exhibit of works by Skolik. It is her wish to make her work accessible to everyone in as many ways as possible and will include reliefs, braille labels, and in-depth verbal narratives. Visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibit using multiple senses including vision, hearing and touch. Thanks to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing for their assistance.

This exhibit is sponsored by The American Retina Research Foundation; Anonymous; Anonymous Sister; Oliver H. and Gaye H. Fearing; Annette Polan; Lake and Louise Polan; Marilyn Polan and David King; The Arthur and Joan Weisberg Family Foundation, Inc. Additional financial assistance for this exhibit is provided by 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.

Curator’s Choice: Vernon F. Howell

October 18 - January 11, 2015

Opening reception for this exhibit takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. October 17, 2014. Admission is free.

Vernon F. Howell, a Huntington native, taught art for 30 years (1959-1989), one year in Webster Springs, and 29 years at Barboursville High School. After retiring in 1989, Howell transitioned from being a beloved teacher to a much acclaimed, and sought-after artist. His work has been shown across the state of West Virginia, and beyond. While teaching art, (and coaching basketball, and rearing four children with his wife, Beverly), he still found time to make art. Taking an early retirement, however, has allowed Howell to focus full-time on his artwork, and in the past 25 years he has created a large body of work in a style uniquely his own. Howell’s work has received numerous accolades and awards, and in 2012 the artist was selected to receive the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This exhibit will focus mainly on work created after Howell stopped teaching, yet in order to show a progression of style throughout his 55 years of making art, a number of imperative, older works will be included. Howell has always worked in a variety of media, including metal and wood reliefs, photography, oil and watercolor painting, pen and ink drawing, transfer prints, and stained glass, but he is best-known for his works in collage and mixed media. Inspiration comes from architecture, grids, maps, mechanical parts, engineered structures, pattern and repetitive designs.

The artist has always been keenly interested in, and drawn to subjects depicting high contrast; studies in positive and negative spaces. These “contrasts” later turned into shallow relief sculptures and shadow-box like constructions in which the artist layered photographs and found images atop one another, separated by glass or Mylar sheets. Recent collage and mixed-media works also experiment with multiple layers and relief. These incredibly detailed imaginary interiors use elements of design and composition to become clever illusions of spatial depth. Humor and visual puns become more apparent the longer one spends with each piece.

This is the sixth Curator’s Choice exhibition presented by the Huntington Museum of Art. A brochure will be available in conjunction with the exhibit featuring an essay by organizing curator Jenine Culligan.

This exhibit is sponsored by the following Friends of Vernon F. Howell: W.B. “Bart” and Doris Andrews; Mary Pat Owen; Rotary Club of Barboursville; Jim and Mickey St Clair; Julie Howell Waldo and Junior V. Waldo; the following Fans of Vernon F. Howell: Anonymous; Dr. Robert and Jackie Alexander; Louise R. Bays, In Memory of Leonard H. Bays; Lois H. Cloke; Josh, Jennifer, Josiah and Jonathan Cochran; Linda Conard, In Memory of Jim Conard; Gayle Cox; Peggy D. Crosbie; Bob and Carol Cummings, In Memory of John and Delphia Cummings; Mr. and Mrs. John D. Cummings; Bob and Nancy Force; Linda W. Giles; Ron and Harriet Haeberle; Donzil R. and Nancy E. Hall; Barbara Haptonstall; Vern and Margaret Reichenbecher; Leslie C. Sharp; Kay and Harry Sowards; Joyce Spencer; Carolyn Templeton; Janet Thacker; Donald R. Watts; Kathy Weekly; Charlotte Wilson; and Linda Lee Zban, In Memory of Bill Zban; and The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment; West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Camden Park Presents: Art on a Limb

November 25 - January 4, 2015

Camden Park Presents Art on a Limb is a holiday exhibit that features trees with ornaments made by local and regional artists. The tree in HMA’s Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall will feature hand-painted palettes by local and regional artists.

The Huntington Museum of Art offers its annual gift to the community when Camden Park Presents Holiday Open House from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014, at HMA. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to benefit the Facing Hunger Foodbank and warm clothes for the Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry. Holiday Open House features the Art on a Limb exhibit of trees, which is presented by Camden Park. The exhibit includes trees with hand-painted palettes and ornaments created by local artists.

Camden Park Presents Holiday Open Houseincludes a visit from Santa; children’s art activities; entertainment; and refreshments. Here is the entertainment schedule: Tri-State Youth Orchestra performs at 1 p.m.; B’Nai Sholom Choir performs at 1:30 p.m.; Cabell Midland Collegium Musicum performs at 2 p.m.; Santa Claus arrives at 2:15 p.m.; Sixteenth Street Baptist Choir performs at 2:30 p.m.; and Wayne Elementary Honor Choir performs at 3 p.m.

Children’s art activities will take place in the Education Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Representatives fromCamden Park will be selling season passes, stuffed toys and Camden Park tree ornaments from 1 to 4:30 p.m. HMA’s docents and volunteers are in charge of refreshments.

For more information, call (304) 529-2701. The Huntington Museum of Art is fully accessible.