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This spring we will offer our visitors a veritable cornucopia of visual delights that will inform, enlighten, and satisfy the taste of art enthusiasts, young and old, with a variety of different styles, purposes, materials, and techniques.
History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March with an impressive presentation featuring Alabama artists who worked with simple found materials to create art objects of great history and passion.
Masterworks on the Move: American Paintings from Wesleyan College features artists who exemplify the academic styles from the mid-20th century and offer a nice comparison to the MMFA’s own American painting collection. Don’t forget to view the outstanding art created by our younger generation of artists in the ARTWORKS Corridor.
In June we are looking forward to opening the 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition. With more than $20,000 in award money, this show brings out the very best work currently being produced in the River Region. Concurrently on view will be a retrospective exhibition of the art of Clark Walker, a longtime MAG member whose popular paintings have been widely collected in our community for decades.
Finally, we want to congratulate Chairperson Courtney Kershaw and her fabulous committee for organizing the Museum’s recent biennial Bazaar d’Art. 200 individuals donated more than 300 previously loved art works and decorative objects to an auction that attracted more than 275 bidders and buyers, for a total sales of over $50,000 to benefit the acquisitions, exhibitions, and education programs of the MMFA. Thanks to all for working on this project and for attending this fundraising event.
This edition of onExhibit provides information on exhibitions and numerous educational programs including various studio classes, teen programs, and our annual spring Puppet Show. Our Second Native American Family Day will take place on April 11, and the Flimp Festival is scheduled for May 2. Adults can attend lectures, art history classes, studio workshops, and Ekphrasis: A Monthly Book Club About Art. Take a few moments to peruse this edition of onExhibit magazine. There is much to learn about your MMFA.
Mark M. Johnson