Today the Morris Museum of Art announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.
Save the Date: exhibition opening party for Art from the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, Thurs. June 19, 6 pm. Members, $35; nonmembers, $50. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL CANVAS THIS Sat. 12–4.
Painting demos by local artists, art making stations, scavenger hunt, community canvas, & live music: The Dirty Realists, Funk You, & Celia Gary.
FREE fun for all ages. Social Canvas is made possible by the generous support of the Border Bash Foundation. — with Funk You.
Tues. Apr. 1, 6 pm. Free. MMoA auditorium. Southern Circuit Film Series: The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music. View the film and afterwards enjoy a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Beth Harrington.
The Winding Stream is the tale of the dynasty at the very heart of country music. Starting with the seminal Original Carter Family, A.P., Sara and Maybelle; this film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, the marital alliance between June Carter and music legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day family to keep this legacy alive. http://thewindingstream.com
“I endeavor to inject into each one a balance of color and form, shape and substance that fully displays the beauty and richness of the tree. Each tree has a story to tell. Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors tell the story of death by lightening or blight. My job is to tell the story in picture book fashion, showing rather than talking, lengthening the life of the tree rather than ending it.”
— Matt Moulthrop
Generations: Turned Bowls by Ed, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop, an exquisite exhibition of eighteen large and small scale Moulthrop turned wooden bowls, opens March 25 at the Morris Museum of Art + remains on display through June 22. All of the pieces in this exhibition are on loan to the Morris from private collectors in Augusta, Georgia.
Join us: Thurs. March 27, 6 pm, Exhibition Opening: Generations: Turned Bowls by Ed, Philip, and Matt #Moulthrop. Philip and Matt Moulthrop discuss the process of turning ordinary wood into extraordinary artworks. Roy Simkins, an ardent Moulthrop collector, will provide their introduction. Reception follows. Members, free; nonmembers, $5.
Photographer Craig Deman
Fri. 3/21, noon, Art at Lunch: #LosAngeles artist#CraigDeman discusses his photographs, including a series documenting drive-in theaters across the US on display now in the EDU Gallery.
Sat. 3/22, noon–4:00 pm, Adult #Workshop: Join#photographer #CraigDeman on a photographic road trip to the Big Mo Drive-In #MonettaSC
*Fees apply. For details or to RSVP: 706-828-3867.
[Craig Deman, Yucca Valley, 2009. Archival pigment print. Collection of the artist.]
ARTIST EDWARD RICE BESTOWED THE 2014 ELIZABETH O’NEILL VERNER GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR THE ARTS BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION
Artist Edward Rice, a native South Carolinian who maintains a studio in North Augusta, South Carolina, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts as an individual artist by the South Carolina Arts Commission. This annual award is the highest honor the state presents in the arts, and it recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Rice has enjoyed a close association with the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, since its founding.
“We are very pleased that Ed Rice, a longtime friend of this institution and an artist whose work has achieved recognition for the region, has been singled out for thishonor. It is both fitting and just, and it is a great pleasure to see him so rewarded. He is well represented in the museum’s permanent collection, and his work has been the subject of two stunning exhibitions over the years,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “This award is especially apt since his deep respect for Elizabeth O’Neill Verner as an artist and as a pioneer in historic preservation led him to seek out her counsel when he was a young and aspiring painter. We at the Morris join his legion of friends and supporters in applauding his selection.”
“I first visited Elizabeth O’Neill Verner’s gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, when I was twelve years old. The experience left a lasting impression on me. I was truly in awe of her work. When I was twenty, I returned to her gallery to ask her to critique my latest watercolor. At that time, she said to me, ‘a work of art must do more than talk, it must sing; it must do more than walk, it must dance.’ I’ll never forget that. Then she went on to compliment my painting,” said Edward Rice. “I only have two works by other artists in my studio—a sculpture by Freeman Schoolcraft and an etching by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner—both serve as daily reminders of excellence and dedication.”
Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, for whom the award is named, achieved an international reputation for her art—paintings, etchings, and pastels of South Carolina’s unique peoples and architecture—which captured the spirit of the Lowcounty. Her depictions of South Carolina—particularly historic Charleston residences, its churches, and colorful residents—are Verner subjects that are recognized throughout the world.
This year’s other Verner Award recipients are Cynthia Boiter, Individual; Beaufort County School District, Arts in Education; Elliott Davis, LLC, Business; and the City of Greenwood, South Carolina, Government.
The awards will be presented at a midday Statehouse ceremony on Thursday, May 8. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 7. The gala, an important fundraising event, supports the South Carolina Arts Commission’s programs. For more about the Verner Awards or the South Carolina Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit
Born and raised in North Augusta, South Carolina, Edward Rice is a contemporary painter who is particularly well known for his depictions of the vernaculararchitecture of Georgia and South Carolina. His work is represented in many public collections, including those of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, and the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina; the Georgia Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Georgia; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, as well as dozens of private and corporate collections around the country. For more information, visit www.edwardriceart.com or follow him on Facebook and twitter @EdwardRiceArt
1. Jerry Siegel, Edward Rice, South Carolina, 2004. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Mellowed by Time: A Charleston Notebook by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, inscribed to Edward Rice by Verner
View the work. Meet the artist. Tonight: exhibition closing, the Worlds of #HuntSlonem at the #MorrisMuseum. 6 pm, lecture; 7 pm, reception. Do come!
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