Huntsville, Ala – The Huntsville Museum of Art is pleased to present Recent Acquisitions in the Chan Gallery beginning May 11 through July 28. The exhibition will showcase artworks added to the Museum’s permanent collection within the past two years through donations, bequests and memorials. All were carefully reviewed by the Museum’s Collections and Acquisitions Committee to fit the criteria established for the collection and are compatible with the museum’s collecting objectives and goals.
“Recent Acquisitions exhibitions are by nature a wonderful hodgepodge with works of different styles and media displayed together,” Peter J. Baldaia, Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs, said. He added, “These shows serve an important purpose: to demonstrate the scope of the Museum’s collecting interests and to provide us an opportunity to acknowledge generous donors whose gifts help our collection grow.”
Some of the works on view are identified as memorials—given as such, or purchased with funds donated in someone’s memory. Memorials include Lamé and the Lily, an impressive pastel still life by Janet Monafo, purchased in memory of Huntsville artist Bill Nance (1946-2012). Nance’s own sculptural work Daughter of Thuthotep, donated to the collection in his memory, will also be part of the exhibit.
“Acquisition memorials allow the Museum to both enhance its collection and enable contributors to give meaningful and lasting tributes to friends and family members,” Sarah Gessler, Museum Board President, said.
Among the exhibition highlights are an exquisite marble sculpture by Italian artist Giovanni Balderi, purchased with funds provided by Alice Chang; five accomplished gelatin silver photographs by local master photographer Pat Gardner (1932-2013); a series of colorful woodblock prints by noted contemporary Japanese printmakers; a whimsical mixed media assemblage by former Encounters artist Sloan Bibb; and historical selections from the Museum’s signature Sellars Collection of Art by American Women.
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