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Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

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2021 Gala Art Exhibition
Through June 8, 2021

(Featured Artist on view April 10 – June 12)
Luncheon: Tuesday, June 8 | Dinner: Thursday, June 10 | Cocktail Party: Saturday, June 12

This important fundraiser presents approximately 150 artworks in a range of media and styles, to be auctioned to the highest bidder during the annual Gala events. The Gala Featured Artist for 2021 is painter Millie Gosch, who currently lives and works in College Park, GA. Organized by HMA.

Millie Gosch is a highly accomplished and collectible artist. Her original oil paintings hang in the corporate offices of Synovus Bank, Bank of America, St Francis Hospital, WellStar Health Systems, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, among others. Her work also hangs in many private collections. Millie is a prestigious Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

As a Plein Air painter at heart she gets inspiration leaving the four walls of her studio to work in a natural setting. Millie prefers painting from life outdoors, and when not possible a still-life set up in the studio provides the inspiration.

While some artists work from a photograph or memory, plein air artists work from direct observation to paint in nature, capturing their subject matter in real time. For Millie, this way of working is both her passion and her calling. The studies she paints from life are then used as references to paint a much larger format in the studio. Her goal is to invite viewers into her painting to have their own experience. Her work is known for its vibrant use of color and texture. The beauty and quality of Millie’s work reflects her lifelong appreciation of nature and the outdoors. Growing up in a small Georgia town, Millie developed a deep love for nature in general and particularly the South. As an artist, her favorite subjects are Low Country and pastoral scenes.

Throughout her life-long artistic journey Millie has drawn inspiration from not only her surroundings but also from artists whose work she admires. Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne,George Ennis, and Winslow Homer are some of her favorite American painters. Contemporary favorites include Roger Dale Brown, Ray Roberts, Kendall Ward, and Anne Blair Brown. Millie owns the City Muse Gallery in College Park, GA. The space doubles as her studio and gallery. Studio visits are welcome and available by appointment.

Impressionist Landscapes from the Sellars Collection
Chan Gallery
January 31 – July 11, 2021

With the acquisition of the Sellars Collection of Art by American Women in 2008, an important holding of paintings, drawings and sculptures was added to the Museum’s permanent collection. The Collection celebrates the achievements of American women artists active between 1850 and 1940, and provides a counterpoint to the Museum’s holdings of regionally and nationally significant contemporary art.

Impressionist Landscapes From the Sellars Collection focuses on the strong pull that the natural world had on American women artists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition emphasizes the generation of artists who emerged during and in the aftermath of the American Impressionist movement (1880-1920). Many of these artists were the students and sketching partners of the seminal figures in the development of Impressionism in America, such as William Merritt Chase, Willard L. Metcalf, John Henry Twachtman and Robert Henri.

Agnes Pelton, Old Smoke Tree, circa 1930, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

The artists included in the exhibition were primarily concerned with capturing the effects of light, color, and atmosphere in their landscapes, achieved in large measure by painting directly from nature—out-of-doors—rather than in the studio. Though not as well-known as their Impressionist predecessors, this generation of landscape painters flourished in areas such Old Lyme, Connecticut; Cape Ann, Massachusetts; New Hope, Pennsylvania; and Woodstock, New York, as well as elsewhere in New England and across the Southwest.

Impressionist Landscapes from the Sellars Collection presents over 30 exquisite landscapes in all seasons, varying in scenic subject matter from snow-filled views to sun-drenched hillsides, as well as harbor scenes, woodland glades, and desert vistas. Featured artists include Irene Von Horvath, Edna Lawrence, Margaret Jordan Patterson, Alice Pelton, Lilla Cabot Perry, and many more.

This exhibition features a selection of paintings from the Sellars Collection that exemplify the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition is focused on works that embody the early influence of French Impressionism and its precursor, the Barbizon Style, and adopt the various hallmarks of what became known as the American Impressionist style.

Encounters: Althea Murphy-Price
Through May 23, 2021
Grisham Gallery

Althea Murphy-Price, Goody Girl No. 3, 2018, giclée print, 36 x 26 in.
Presented by the Museum’s Black History Month Committee

Althea Murphy-Price, Play, 2016, lithograph, screenprint, collage, 30 x 22.5 in.

The accomplished works of this mid-career printmaker and sculptor from Knoxville, TN explore the links between individuality and assimilation, and their influence on culture and personal identity. Murphy-Price often manipulates manufactured synthetic and human hair, emphasizing its role as embellishment, as well as its ability to signify racial identity. She explains, “I am fascinated by the inexplicable link between the subject of hair and its influence on our social culture and personal identity. Much of my inspiration has derived from hair’s significant relevance to Black American culture and community.” Murphy-Price uses both hair and hair accessories to create prints and sculptural installations, including signature Hair Rugs which are created by dusting synthetic hair over a lace overlays to create striking carpet-like patterns.

Murphy-Price’s prints are a fitting complement to her sculptural applications of hair, each referencing and mimicking one element of the seemingly endless universe of artificial hair. The artist creates these works via the process of photolithography, in essence taking a photo exposure to capture information from the actual object, and then translating it into a print. In some, screen-printed elements are added to lithographic images of hair arrangements to look like actual hair ties. “My desire with these prints is to deceive the eye,” the artist observes, “so that one will look, and look again, and question whether it’s the real thing or not.”

Murphy-Price received her BA in studio art from Spelman College in Atlanta. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts in printmaking and painting from Purdue University and her Master of Fine Arts at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is currently Associate Professor of Printmaking at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Organized by HMA.

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