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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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