Morris Museum Notes April Events

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Morris Museum of Art April 2008 Event


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

March 22–May 25, 2008

Something to Look Forward To pays homage to the exceptional talent, unique vision, and courageous persistence of twenty-two African American visual artists who have created dynamic abstract images and objects during extended and successful careers. Organized by the Phillips Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this visually stunning exhibition includes multimedia objects: paintings, sculptures, and furniture.

Special Exhibition of Gala Acquisitions

March 7–April 20, 2008

Opening March 7, 2008, at this year’s Morris Museum of Art Gala fundraising event, is a representative selection of special acquisitions purchased by funds raised from past galas. The exhibition includes such favorites as Catherine Wiley’s By the Arbor (purchased in 1996), Benny Andrews’s Preacher (1997), and Bo Bartlett’s The Art of Drawing (2000). Wilson Henry Irvine’s Chehaw Combahee Plantation (1999) and Gladys Nelson Smith’s Afternoon at the Beach, Chesapeake Bay (2001) are already on view in the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The exhibition will remain on display in the Morris’s Coggins Gallery through April 20, 2008.


Thursday, April 3

Friday, April 4

Toddler Time: Playful Patterns! 10:00–11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Learn about patterns, and create your own dot painting. Children 5 and younger. Museum members, parents, and chaperones, free; nonmembers, $4 per participant. Register by calling 706-828-3867.

Friday, April 4

Art at Lunch. Noon. Mixed-media artist Yvonne Pickering Carter talks about her career and her artwork included in the exhibition Something to Look Forward To. Catering by the New Moon Café. $10 for members; $13 for nonmembers. RSVP by April 2 by calling 706-724-7501

Sunday, April 6

Artrageous! Sunday: Abstract Collage Creations. 2:00–4:00 p.m. Tour the exhibition Something to Look Forward To with art instructor Nancy Bookhart Wellington, and create a collage painting. Free.

Thursday, April 17

Terra Cognita Contemporary Artists Lecture Series. 6:00–8:00 p.m. Sculptor Nene Humphrey discusses her cloth creations. Members, students, and teachers, free; nonmembers, regular museum admission. 

Friday, April 18

Business of Art Luncheon. High school students and art professionals from the CSRA join for a tour of the museum, a keynote lecture by Erin Banks, director of scholarship and recruitment at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a networking luncheon regarding career options in the arts. Invitation only. For more information, please call 706-828-3867.

Saturday, April 19

Lecture: Building a Strong Art Portfolio. 2:00 p.m. Erin Banks, director of scholarship and recruitment at the Savannah College of Art and Design, discusses how students and artists can create powerful portfolios suitable for college or professional applications. Following the lecture, representatives from SCAD will provide complimentary reviews of personal portfolios. Appropriate for teachers, college or high school students, or artists. Members, students, and teachers, free; nonmembers, regular museum admission. 

Wednesday, April 23

Film Screening: Genre and Myth: Understanding the South on Film. 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. After viewing the film Jezebel, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. This second seminar will take place in the Morris Museum’s auditorium. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch. Museum and Academy for Lifelong Learning members, free; nonmembers, regular museum admission.


Sunday, April 27                 

Music at the Morris. 2:00 p.m. Performer, instructor, and composer Andrew Zohn presents a selection of guitar pieces. Free.


Tuesday, May 6

Public Exhibition Opening: A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist. 6:00–8:00 p.m. Jennifer Bodine, daughter of the late Aubrey Bodine, discusses her father’s long and productive photographic career. Reception and conversation with the speaker follow.

Admission: Unless otherwise stated, admission to all events at the Morris is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, military, and students; free for museum members and children under 6. Sundays are free, and museum tours are available every Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Morris Museum of Art, located at 1 Tenth Street on the Riverwalk in Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum in the country dedicated to the art of the American South. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. 

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