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Luigi Lucioni (American, 1900-1988), Ethel Waters, 1939, oil on canvas, 32 x 25 in.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Hosted by Dianne Reynolds, Bobby Bradley and the Museum Guild
Members $25 | Non-members $40

Please join Museum Executive Director, Christopher J. Madkour, and the Museum Guild as we unveil the Museum’s recent acquisition of Luigi Lucioni’s Ethel Waters.

Come celebrate the beginning of African American History Month with a stroll through the galleries and view the special African American History Month exhibit that celebrates African American artists and subject matter from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Enjoy delicious food catered by Chef Narvell and live music in the style of Ethel Waters.

6:00 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Stuart Embury (Luigi Lucioni Historian)
6:30 p.m. Presentation by Connie Wilson (Former owner of the portrait and friend of Ethel Waters)
7-8:30 p.m. Reception

When on display as part of last summer’s exhibition, American Romantic: The Art of Luigi Lucioni, the Ethel Waters portrait had not been viewed by the public since 1942.  This historic painting is a significant addition to the Huntsville Museum of Art’s permanent collection that the entire Huntsville community and out-of-town visitors can appreciate and enjoy.  The acquisition of this historical piece would not have been possible without the generosity of the following community members.

Luigi Lucioni Acquisition Campaign Funded by:
Cynthia and Rey Almodovar

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams

Huntsville Museum of Art Guild
Sara and Robert Arthur
Bobby Bradley and Charley Burruss
Dorothy Davidson
Lynn and Stuart Embury
Lockheed Martin, In Memory of Audrey Rones
Oscar Maxwell Fund
Dianne and James Reynolds
Tristenne and Paul Robin, In Honor of Jean Wessel Templeton
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Smith
Jean Wessel Templeton
The Boeing Company
Friends of the Luigi Lucioni Acquisition Campaign