Wiregrass Museum of Art

126 Museum Ave, Dothan, AL 36303 - United States

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The Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works. As a cultural anchor, the Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires creativity to enhance the everyday lives of its community and leads the regional conversation on the importance of the arts.

Exhibits

For Keeps: Selections from the Permanent Collection
July 16 - September 25, 2021
Explore works from the museum’s permanent collection in the exhibition For Keeps, including painting and illustration, as well as large scale sculpture. WMA’s permanent collection has been acquired over a thirty three year period — from donations from artists and collectors, and from museum purchases. This work is representative of a permanent collection of over 700 objects which are cared for by WMA in the public’s trust.

For Keeps: Selections from the Permanent Collection
July 16 - September 25, 2021
Explore works from the museum’s permanent collection in the exhibition For Keeps, including painting and illustration, as well as large scale sculpture. WMA’s permanent collection has been acquired over a thirty three year period — from donations from artists and collectors, and from museum purchases. This work is representative of a permanent collection of over 700 objects which are cared for by WMA in the public’s trust. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
July 16 - December 31, 2021
Nice Work If You Can Get It borrows its title from a George and Ira Gershwin song of the same name. The exhibition explores the interests and idiosyncrasies of an Alabama collector who began acquiring work directly from artists in the 1980s and continues to this day. This selection of works displays some of the diversity of that eclectic collection in the hope that visitors to the museum will be inspired to pursue their own interests in supporting artists and acquiring works of art. Featuring acclaimed and emerging artists from across the United States and around the world, but with a particular focus on Alabama artists, Nice Work If You Can Get It showcases a variety of mediums including artist books, drawing, fiber art, mixed-media assemblage, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Alice Mason: Prints from the Permanent Collection
July 16 - December 31, 2021
Alice Trumbull Mason (1904-1971) explores the process of lithography. Born in Connecticut, she is a descendant of well-known Neoclassic artist John Trumbull on her father’s side; her mother was an artist as well. Mason worked in oils, watercolor, and printmaking and often mixed her own paints and ground her own pigments. The prints in this exhibition are delicate examples of Mason’s printmaking practice, most likely an experimentation of the lithography process. Made in the 1930s and 1940s, she uses flowers, trees, and other botanicals as her subject, but focuses on building texture and balance on the paper.

Mason was widely known for her affinity for abstraction and was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists in 1936. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center, among others. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Self-Taught
July 16 - September 25, 2021
Showcasing work from the museum’s permanent collection, Self-Taught includes work by American folk artists. Often characterized as “self-taught”, these artists rarely have formal training and often use found objects and materials in their works. Self taught artists will paint from memories and personal experiences, depicting the world around them. Artists represented in this exhibition are Woodie Long, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose “T” Tolliver, William Dawson and Bernie Sims. Having all started life with modest means, included artists went on to experience success in the art world, some having exhibited in some of the largest museums in the world. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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