Upcoming Exhibitions

Treasures of Art Nouveau

On view: 05-Sep-2019 23-Nov-2019

Treasures of Art Nouveau

On view Sep 5 - Nov 23, 2019 

Free public reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7pm 
with a talk from visiting curator, Annemarie Sawkins, PhD. at 6pm

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This very special exhibition comes from a private collection in Milwaukee, and has never before been exhibited outside of its home city. Art Nouveau and its related movement, Arts & Crafts, developed in the late 1800s as a reaction against previously popular academic styles and the heavy ornamentation of the Victorian era. Instead, these movements emphasized handcrafting and design inspired by nature, most notably an appreciation of flowing lines and contours. The exhibition features decorative objects and furniture, sculpture, prints, and paintings from the 1890s – 1930s that capture the spirit of this stylistic era and demonstrate how it permeated all types of art and design. 

Highlights of this exhibition include glassware and lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany, cameo vases by Emile Gallé, European claret jugs, sculptures by Emmanuel Villanis and Charles Drouet, and a variety of wooden furniture. The exhibition also features a wonderful array of lithographs by Alphonse Mucha, Paul Berthon, Emile Bertrand, and Eugène Grasset among others, plus paintings, drawings, and other prints of the era.

Thumbnail: Eugène Grasset (French, 1841-1917), Encre L. Marquet (L. Marquet Ink), 1892. Color lithograph with blind stamp. Courtesy of the John S. Winkowski Collection.

Synthesis: Art and Nature in the Post-Digital Age

On view: 12-Dec-2019 08-Feb-2020

Synthesis: Art and Nature in the Post-Digital Age

On view Dec 12, 2019 - Feb 8, 2020 

As our technology advances it is easy to believe that we have grown very far from our natural selves. Many people fear the state of our Post-Digital world, consumed by screens and overwhelmed by targeted advertisements and social media, as technology becomes more completely integrated into our everyday lives. The artists in this exhibition look past the blip of the digital screen and into the future - a future in which the boundaries between nature and technology blur completely.

Featuring work by over 20 artists from around the globe, this exhibition includes 3D printed sculpture, Virtual Reality, special effects animation, interactive smartphone filters, digital painting, and traditional media.

Thumbnail: Laura Splan, Dual-Pronged Approach, 2012, cut paper collage.

57th Annual Juried Competition

On view: 27-Feb-2020 9-May-2020

The 57th Annual Juried Competition

on view February 27 - May 9, 2020

Reception with Juror's Talk and Prize Announcements: Friday, February 28th, 5:30-7:30pm

The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. Over $3,000 in prizes is awarded to artists every year. Last year's Best in Show prize went to Gabi Magaly, of San Antonio, TX, for her photographic tapestry Santa Catherine De Siena.

This long-running competition also showcases some of America’s best curatorial talent. The juror for the 57th Annual Juried Competition is Allison Glenn, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR).

Past jurors include: Catherine Futter, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Joel Parsons, Cough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College; Daniel Stetson, LSU Museum of Art; Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center; Holly Hughes, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Sandra Firmin, Colorado University Art Museum; Kelly Shindler, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; George Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum; Liza Simone, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; Alison Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Houston, currently Bo Bartlett Center; and Miranda Lash, currently Speed Art Museum.

Image: R.J. Kern, Kenzi and Hootie, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2017, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist.