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HIMG Presents The Daywood Collection

March 15 - November 2, 2014

Between the years 1916 and 1965, Philippi, West Virginia, natives Arthur Spencer Dayton (1887-1948) and Ruth Woods Dayton (1894-1978) carefully selected a superb collection of American and European paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts that speak to their personal philosophy of beauty in art. During their years in Charleston (1923-1948), the couple began seriously building their collection. They bought what they liked and what they could afford. They purchased works from art galleries, and over the years built a special relationship with MacBeth Gallery in New York City. They also bought directly from auctions, from prestigious exhibitions such as the Carnegie International, and purchased works directly from the studios of artists whom they admired – both in the United States and abroad. The Daytons kept a detailed and valuable record of where and when objects were acquired.

They were well read on the history of art, especially 19thand 20th century American artists, sharing a penchant for landscapes. The strength of their collection lies in academically trained artists working in the various schools of realism and American impressionism, including masterworks by Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Emil Carlsen, John Twachtman, Willard Metcalf, Frank Benson, Charles Davis and works by “The Eight.” The ideals and works by early American modernists were of little interest.

In 1929, Ruth purchased from MacBeth Gallery an etching titled Calvary Church in Snow by Childe Hassam, and gave it to Arthur as a Christmas gift. Thus began a collection of engravings, etchings and lithographs by a literal “who’s who” of American and European printmakers. The Daytons also had a penchant for small bronzes, especially by women artists working in the late 19thand early 20th centuries, including Grace Helen Talbot, Harriet Frishmuth, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Edith Parsons. A small collection of Lacy period glass was also part of the collection.

Arthur Dayton died suddenly at the age of sixty-one in May, 1948. With the goal of sharing the collection with the public, Ruth Dayton turned a building on the property adjacent to their home in Lewisburg, West Virginia, into a museum. She called it The Daywood Gallery, combining Arthur’s surname (Dayton) and her maiden name (Woods). The collection continued to grow through purchases and donations. The Daywood Gallery remained in operation from 1951 into 1966. The following year The Daywood Collection was donated to the Huntington Museum of Art.

This exhibit is presented by HIMG and generously sponsored by Carolyn Bagby, In Memory of Patricia Parker Agee; Carol and Brian Bailey, In Memory of Howard and Bettyanne Herbitter; Adam Booth, In Memory of Jeanne Ellen Kaplan; Bennie Breece, In Memory of William Campbell and Patricia Parker Agee; Gayle Cox, In Memory of Joe Cox; Glen Danahey, In Honor of Glen Danahey—PNC Institutional Investments; Halcyon and Jason Moses, In Memory of Garth, the greatest artist we’ve ever known; Katherine Peyton Forbes, In Memory of Patricia Parker Agee; Samme L. Gee, In Memory of Maymie Hanna Gee; Nancy E. Hoey, In Memory of Charlotte and Albert Boos; Mr. and Mrs. Selden McNeer, Jr., In Memory of Roberta Shinn Emerson; Tess Moore, In Memory of John P. Childers, Jr.; Ronald R. Morgan, In Memory of See-More (English Bull Terrier 4/25/2005-11/9/2010); Bill and Marilyn Murdock; Stacie and Jeff Rakes, In Honor of our sons Zachery and Isaac Rakes; Melissa Rowe, In Memory of Everett T. Calaway; Bob and Karen Schwarz in Honor of Bob’s 70th Birthday; Jack Steinberg, In Memory of Edda Steinberg; The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment; West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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