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Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

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Huntsville Photographic Society: 2018 Members’ Showcase
May 20 – August 5, 2018
Women’s Guild Gallery

An annual juried selection of approximately 50 outstanding photographs by the highly talented members of the Huntsville Photographic Society will open on Sunday, May 20 in the Guild Gallery. This annual exhibition includes both color and black and white photography in a range of styles, and will remain on view through Sunday, August 5, 2018. Each year, the exhibition is juried around a common theme. This year’s theme is “Unexpected Beauty.”

Founded in 1964, the Huntsville Photographic Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of photography in Huntsville and surrounding areas through informative programs, member contests, and special events.

The HPS Members’ Showcase is an annual exhibition jointly organized by the Huntsville Photographic Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Alan Shuptrine: The Serpentine Chain
May 13 – August 5, 2018
Adtran, Jurenko and Thurber Galleries

This exhibition of thematic watercolor paintings by Tennessee artist Alan Shuptrine pays tribute to the land and people found along the Appalachian Trail, and of the distinctive culture that endures from the mountains of Maine to Georgia. The body of work celebrates the connections of Appalachia with its historical and cultural counterpart in the British
Isles, highlighting Celtic traditions that were brought to America in the 18th century and are still practiced in the region today. The paintings are ornamented with Shuptrine’s hand-carved frames, many of which are embedded with serpentine, a mineral that is found not only along the entire Appalachian Trail, but also in the regions of the British Isles where the original settlers to Appalachia were born. Organized by Alan Shuptrine and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

The Life and Art of Mary Petty
April 22 – July 15, 2018
Chan Gallery

American illustrator Mary Petty began her career with The New Yorker magazine in 1927. During the 1930s the artist became more and more preoccupied with the upper class society who inhabited the brownstones and mansions of the Upper East Side of New York. The lifestyle and attitudes of wealthy, old money Victorian style society became the grist for Petty’s keen observations. Her satire, nearly always on target, was of a gentle variety that poked fun at human frailties and never seemed mean spirited. Central to her imagery were the characters of Mrs. Peabody and her maid, Fay. Petty used these two characters to explain, in a humorous vein, the foibles of New York’s elite. This exhibition includes 30 original watercolors dating from the early 1940s through the mid-1960s, which became iconic New Yorker magazine covers. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY.

Encounters: Jim Jobe Collage
Through July 1, 2018
Grisham Gallery

The latest exhibition in this long-standing showcase for outstanding regional contemporary art focuses on the accomplished works of the respected Huntsville artist, Jim Jobe. Jobe’s paintings and drawings incorporate both pure abstraction and an eccentric combination of abstract and representational elements. Much of his imagery suggests both direct and peripheral perception. An avid hiker, the artist describes this phenomenon in his work: “When you’re hiking, you can stop and frame a bucolic setting, but that’s not how you experience it. In reality, imagery comes in constantly from all sorts of directions. It’s how I see things. Everywhere, I see these puzzle-pieces of interwoven connections.”

Born in Buffalo, New York, Jobe spent his youth in a military family traveling throughout the United States and abroad, finally moving from Athens, Greece and settling in the Southeast. He earned a B.S. in art education from Freed-Hardiman College in Henderson, TN, as well as B.F.A. and M.F.A. in fine art from the University of Alabama, and has worked as an artist, art educator, and strong advocate for arts education.

Primarily recognized as a painter, Jobe works in several disciplines and mediums. For a few years, in an effort to refocus his work, the artist stopped painting altogether and tried to re-teach himself how to draw. Admiration for the craftsmanship of woodworkers and ceramicists led him to approach drawing more as a way of achieving mastery with a pencil as a tool than as a way to produce imagery. This led him more deeply into abstraction, studying the interplay between line and shape and color.

Thank you to our Sponsors!
Lead Sponsor:
The Kuehlthau Family Foundation

Additional Support:
The Alabama State Council on the Arts
Altherr Howard Design
The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild

Duty, Honor, Country: Highlights from the West Point Museum
March 25 – July 8, 2018
Huth, Boeing, Salmon and Haws Galleries

The West Point Museum in West Point, NY owns the oldest and largest diversified public collection of militaria in the Western Hemisphere. This impressive holding of over 60,000 objects chronicles our nation’s founding and history, and additionally encompasses the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the military history of the United States Army, and the history of warfare.

Through nearly 100 objects including works of art, military uniforms, weapons, and historical artifacts, this exhibition tells the compelling story of this fabled military academy and its important contributions to our nation’s history. Highlights include stunning 19th century landscape panoramas of the West Point area and portraits of prominent West Point graduates; various cadet rifles and swords representing different eras in Academy’s history; war trophies including a British howitzer captured during the Revolutionary War and a Confederate torpedo from the Civil War; and historical artifacts associated with West Point, including a commission letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee’s sketch of a cadet cap, Ulysses S. Grant’s Academy diploma, and General Patton’s cadet dress coat. Organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Brigadier General (Ret.) John Zierdt graduated from West Point in 1966 and his family lineage reflects a long history of successful West Point graduates. He began his career as a project manager working in High Energy Laser and National Missile Defense programs and later specialized in logistical support during a 30 year Army career, which included management positions in the Pentagon. He also served as Vice President of Huntsville Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation for 10 years.

David Reel is a nationally recognized expert in the Museum field with a particular emphasis on the fine Arts and a specialty in american nineteenth century landscape painting and military portraiture. In his twenty-five years of museum experience, he has worked with private collectors, auction houses, corporate curators and numerous museums to assemble outstanding exhibitions and collections.

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