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10sep(sep 10)1:00 am31dec(dec 31)1:00 amBeauty from the Battlefield: Trench Art(september 10) 1:00 am - (december 31) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

September 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - December 31 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

In conjunction with the Main Gallery exhibition OVER THERE: REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR, the John Streetman Alcove will feature a September 10 – December 31, 2017 exhibition of trench art on loan from the Indiana Military History Museum in Terre Haute. The term “trench art” is usually associated with World War I, when soldiers passed the time when not in combat by collecting and fashioning spent armaments into decorative objects. Often displaying remarkable metalworking skill and a high level of artistry, these objects of art range from utilitarian items to small pieces of sculpture.

Faced with a constant battle against boredom and isolation, prisoners of war produced trench art as did a civilian population who, despite the danger, would collect battlefield debris to transform into souvenirs for soldiers. Included in this exhibition are examples of trench art from both World Wars.

13oct(oct 13)6:00 pm03jan(jan 3)6:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Annette Poitau(october 13) 6:00 pm - (january 3) 8:00 pm

Time

October 13 (Friday) 6:00 pm - January 3 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

Event Details

First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on December 9, 2017 from 6:00–8:00 PM. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

The impressive results of Annette Poitau’s painting process are the organic qualities of the paint and reflections of nature in the pigment. Suspending the oil paint in varnish and turpentine, she pours the paint on a canvas that has a base composition painted as a wash or an impasto. She allows the pigmented mediums to flow and blend under their own viscosity by gently rolling the canvas to direct the paint and then redirecting it. Each layer is allowed to dry before another layer is added. Some of the layers are translucent enough to allow the layers below to be seen and some areas of thicker paint applications will cause some paint to pool. The method and pigmentation of her paintings is reminiscent of the formation and appearance of earth.

Of her work Poitau writes: “Every painting is a sort of intimate dance with matter and primordial gestures, a dialogue between my will and the chemical reaction of the colors, their disappearance and their reemergence in new incarnations. The paintings reveals itself with time. It makes its own sense, discovers its soul.”

Annette Poitau was born in Saint-pol-sur-Ternoise, France. Her art education began in Belgium at the Institut Saint Luc, Tournai were she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She then went on to Lycée Technique d’Etat Textiles et Arts Appliquée, Roubaix and Ecole Nationale Supérieure es Arts Décoratifs, Paris where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.

Throughout her artistic career, Poitau has received many awards and recognitions. Her MFA was presented as Awarded with Distinction in 1989 and following she gained a 2 year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 1993-1994, she had a solo exhibition traveled to 7 cities sponsored by the General Council of the Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, and a 1994 residency with L’EPAC. By 2004 in Pacifica, California, she had an art studio at the Sanchez Art Center for the next four years. Currently, Poitau has settled in Oberlin, Ohio. She has continued to earn many various awards for her artwork. As quite the established artist, she has had many solo exhibitions and her work is in many public and private collections.

10dec(dec 10)1:00 am04mar(mar 4)1:00 amIntriguing Artifacts: Docents Favorites from the Collection1:00 am - (march 4) 1:00 am Evansville Museum

Time

December 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - March 4 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

With each new exhibition, the dedicated core of volunteer educators in the Evansville Museum Docent Association learn about the art and artifacts on display. Over time, many discover that they have one or more favorite pieces in the collection. INTRIGUING ARTIFACTS: DOCENTS FAVORITES FROM THE COLLECTION, on exhibit in the Old Gallery from December 10, 2017 – March 4, 2018, will feature art, historical artifacts, and scientific specimens in the permanent collection selected by the 30-plus current and retired members of our Docent Association. With their unique perspective and passion for the Museum, the Docents bring fascinating insights to their role as guest curators for the exhibition.

“Volunteering as a docent has been a fulfilling and educational experience. Being a part of this exhibit has given us a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the time and effort that goes into classifying, maintaining and storing artifacts in the Museum’s collection,” stated Cindy Warren.

“I am pleased to select a painting by American fashion designer Halston (Roy Halston Frowick, 1932-1990) who was a classmate of mine at Bosse High School. He had many friends in the class of 1950 but was unable to attend one of the first big reunions. As a token of his good wishes, he sent each of the women in the class a lovely silver chain with a charm of his signature perfume,” stated Marilyn Wurtz.

“By looking through the database of the Museum’s holdings, I had the opportunity to see some amazing works and am excited to pull some of them out of ‘hiding’ to share with the public,” stated Jeanne Silliman, Docent Association President.

“My father-in-law, Charles V. King, gave me the opening night program for Evansville’s historic ballpark Bosse Field dated June 17, 1915. He wanted me to have it since it was printed by Keller Crescent, my employer for 34 years. I donated it to the Museum in his memory because I wanted others to see it and appreciate this local landmark’s history,” stated Sue King.

10dec(dec 10)1:00 am04feb(feb 4)1:00 amFeatured45th Mid-States Craft Exhibition1:00 am - (february 4) 1:00 am Evansville Museum

Time

December 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - February 4 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

The 45TH MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION will be exhibited in the Main Gallery from December 10, 2017 – February 4, 2018. Open to artists residing the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri. The competition will feature ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood and mixed media. Over $9,000 in purchase and merit awards, underwritten by individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations, will be presented at the December 9 awards reception. This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund

Juror for this year’s competition is Perry A. Price, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association.

Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was responsible for developing and presenting programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft.

He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum’s exhibitions and collections initiatives. He is a scholar of contemporary craft, material culture, decorative arts, and design.