Color, Balance & Form: Recent Works by Alex Brewer HENSE
October 21, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Alex Brewer, the contemporary artist also known as HENSE, is best known for dynamic and colorful abstract paintings and monumental wall pieces. Active since the 1990s, Brewer began accepting commissions for artwork in 2002. Over the last decade, he has established a solid reputation as a commissioned artist, having exhibited in several solo and group shows. Brewer has produced a number of interior and exterior works for public institutions and private companies around the world, including the ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru, Apple Inc., and Facebook Global Headquarters, in Menlo Park, California. In the summer of 2017, Brewer, as HENSE, will complete a commissioned building mural along Hagerstown’s Cultural Arts Trail. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to celebrate the culmination of this mural project with this site-specific installation of Brewer’s recent works.
Reception, November 11, 2017/4:00 – 7:00 p.m./FREE
Alex Brewer Gallery Talk/November 11, 2017/6:15 p.m./Groh Gallery
Skateboard Deck Design Workshop/November 11, 2017/4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./art classroom
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Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries
November 4, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Contents: More than 30 framed folios from European, Persian, Armenian, and Hebrew manuscripts, plus a display of materials used to create them
Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts explores the golden age of handmade books, some of which employed elaborate gold leaf decoration and intricate ornament. The exhibition includes examples from medieval European Bibles, prayer books, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. Most of the works date from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries and are ink on parchment (prepared animal skin). French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, English, Armenian, and German examples will be included in addition to non-Western pages, including 17th- and 18th-century leaves from Hebrew texts, the Koran and the Shahnameh, the Persian illustrated Book of Kings. A display of artist’s materials—gold leaf, parchment, vellum, and mineral pigments—is also featured in the exhibit. Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th-18th Centuries is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
November 11, 2017 Reception/4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Curator, Daniel Fulco, Ph.D./5:30 p.m./Bowman Gallery/FREE
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“This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.”
Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibition
February 3 – April 8, 2018
Groh and Bowman Galleries
Contents: Artworks in all media, selected through a juried process
Organized by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition
April 21 – May 6, 2017 (Primary Schools)
May 12 – May 27, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art behind Graphic Novels
June 10 – September 23, 2018
Contents: 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. More varied in content than their early counterparts, they have also reached a new level of artistic respectability. Graphic novels 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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Located in Hagerstown’s beautiful City Park, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, its collection includes over 6,500 works of art. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region. The museum regularly offers studio art courses, art historical lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, private foundations, and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information about the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum and adjacent parking is free.