Knoxville Narratives: Danny Lyon

June 30 – October 28, 2018 | Bowman Gallery

"Don, Knoxville, 1967" Danny Lyon Gelatin silver print from a unique Knoxville 1967 portfolio printed by the artist for the KMA, 2014
“Don, Knoxville, 1967″ Danny Lyon
Gelatin silver print from a unique Knoxville 1967 portfolio printed
by the artist for the KMA, 2014

This exhibition on loan from the Knoxville Museum of Art presents a group of black and white prints taken by American photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon.  Lyon (born 1942) is best known for his epic photo essay, Bikeriders.  Deeply affected by James Agee’s and Walker Evans’ “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” (1941), Lyon ventured to Knoxville in 1967 and produced a series of timeless images of Agee’s hometown. Knoxville Narratives: Danny Lyon is organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art.

BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels

June 10 – September 23, 2018 | Groh Gallery

© 2005 by Matthew Holm
© 2005 by Matthew Holm

Eighty-one original graphic works by some of the leading artists working in the arena of contemporary graphic novels.

Graphic novels have gained immense popularity in recent years and have been the subject of scholarly studies, topics of museum exhibitions, and even the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. According to the American Library Association, they are among the fastest growing categories in publishing and bookselling.

The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt were the first examples of storytelling through pictures. The dawn of the Industrial Age saw the beginning of the graphic novel as a format of entertainment. The first major graphic novel, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, was published in the U.S. in 1842; the collected edition of The Yellow Kid cartoons in book form (1897) is recognized as the first financially successful graphic novel. The last century saw the emergence of the popular DC Comic heroes Superman, Batman, and Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Man.

BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels features works by Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Lincoln Pierce and Raina Telgemeier. On display is artwork from iconic books such as Baby Mouse, Big Nate, Lunch Lady, Brody’s Ghost and Smile. The exhibition is organized by at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.

Ashcan to Abstraction: Modernism in America

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This long-term exhibition, from the Museum’s permanent collection, explores the development of 20th century American art.  Artists such as John Sloan, Robert Henri, George Luks, William Glackens, Hugo Ballin, Philip Guston, Robert Goodnough, Gene Davis, and Grace Hartigan capture the full range of artistic movements experienced during this transformative century.

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Kerstein, The Nora Roberts Foundation,  The Henry Luce Foundation, and the Washington County Gaming Commission.

European Old Masters (ongoing)

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Old master paintings form an important part of the Museum’s collection and are showcased in the Schreiber Gallery. Works of art by artists such as Giovanni Mazone, Timoteo Viti, and Pierre Mignard are included.

Nineteenth Century American Art (ongoing)

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Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Johns, Professor Emerita, History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, this exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of nineteenth century American art. Artists in the installation include Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Robert Spear Dunning, and John Gutzon Borglum. Exhibition sponsored in part by Art & Ruth Anne Callaham and Spence & Cinda Perry.

Singer Memorial Gallery (ongoing)

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Singer Gallery
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The Singer Memorial Gallery was established in 1949 by the Museum’s founder, Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer (1873-1962), as a tribute to her husband, artist William Henry Singer, Jr. (1868 – 1943). The diverse art collection they amassed, and of which over a hundred works were donated to the Museum, conveys the story of their lives as American expatriates in Norway and art collectors, while presenting compelling and significant works reflecting American, Dutch, and French trends of the late nineteenth-century.

Opened in 2013, the current installation was organized by guest curator, Hollis McCullough, to display the tastes of the Singers and highlight the significant works of art they contributed to the Museum. Artists in the installation include Willard Metcalf, Childe Hassam, Adolphe Joseph Monticelli, Gustave Courbet, and Pierre-Auguste Rodin.

American Decorative Arts (ongoing)


Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects tell stories and hold within them the history of the time and place in which they were created. This exhibition examines the stories and histories of objects from the Museum’s diverse collection of American decorative arts, including ceramics, glass, silver, and textiles.

Art Glass (ongoing)

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Rinehart Gallery

The Museum’s Rinehart Gallery houses some of the most notable art glass pieces in the Museum’s decorative arts collection. The specially lit cases in this gallery showcase the work of such makers as Lalique, Loetz, and Steuben.




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