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tue28mar - 20aug1:00 amaug 20- 1:00 am19th Century Master Prints from Impressionism to Belle Epoque Exhibition(march 28) 1:00 am - (august 20) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

March 28 (Tuesday) 1:00 am - August 20 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

On loan from a private collector for a May 28 – August 20 Main Gallery exhibition, this extensive collection of prints traces the development of printmaking through one of the most influential periods of art from 1870 through 1914. Considered ground-breaking in their time, artists in the last decades of 19th century France developed radical new ways to paint and their experiments continued in the creation of their lithographs, etchings, drypoints and mezzotints.

FROM IMPRESSIONISM TO BELLE ÉPOQUE includes the work of master printmakers Edgar Chahine (1874-1947), Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Paul César Helleu (1859-1927), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).

sun23apr - 9julapr 231:00 amjul 9The Far-Reaching Impact of Karl Kae Knecht1:00 am - (july 9) 11:00 pm Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

April 23 (Sunday) 1:00 am - July 9 (Sunday) 11:00 pm

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

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This exhibition interprets the career of longtime Evansville Courier cartoonist Karl Kae Knecht. Knecht’s career at the Courier spanned the years 1906-1960 and his editorial cartoons chronicled much of what was happening in the city and the nation. Drawn from the collection of the Evansville Museum, community collections and private collections, the exhibition will also highlight other aspects of Knecht’s life, including his photography, civic involvements and a selection of the miniature elephants that he collected during his life.

Born in 1883 in Iroquois, South Dakota Territory, Knecht came to the Evansville Courier in 1906 after completing courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in this year, that his editorial cartoons first appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Eleven years later he was appointed the paper’s first photographer. Today, thousands of his photographs documenting Evansville are in the collection of Willard Library.

In 1928, Knecht helped found Mesker Park Zoo.  This occurred after the president of the American Circus Corporation offered Knecht a pair of lions.  A year later, Knecht bolstered the fledgling zoo—Indiana’s first—with a successful fund drive to purchase an elephant for the new facility.  The elephant, Kay, was named in honor of Karl Kae Knecht.

By 1949, Knecht officially became the dean of American editorial cartoonists with more years spent penning cartoons than any of his colleagues across the country.  It was also in this year that he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and on July 21, 1954, Evansville celebrated Karl Kae Knecht Day.

On June 1, 1960, after 54 years at the paper and over 18,000 cartoons, Knecht retired. He remained in Evansville until his death in July of 1972, and he is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Today, his cartoons are in the archives of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Museum, and originals of his works are included in the collections of the presidential libraries of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

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sun30apr - 9julapr 301:00 amjul 9Ramon Vilanova Plein Air Paintings Exhibition1:00 am - (july 9) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

April 30 (Sunday) 1:00 am - July 9 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

In cooperation with Greg Bloch from Chicago’s Triad Art Group, the Evansville Museum presents 35 new paintings by contemporary Spanish artist Ramon Vilanova in a major Old Gallery exhibition from April 30 – July 9.

Born outside of Barcelona in 1947, Ramon Vilanova was discouraged by his parents from pursuing a career as an artist. His desire to paint, however, was compelling; and this self-taught artist has mastered the depiction of the fertile landscape of the northeast region of Spain that he calls home. Painting “plein air,” a French expression meaning “in the open air,” refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Vilanova captures the spirit and essence of the natural landscape by incorporating light, color and movement into his work.

More information to come regarding Vilanova’s visit to Evansville and the Museum on May 4th!

thu4may6:00 pmFirst Thursday: Alan Spitzer, M.D.6:00 pm Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

(Thursday) 6:00 pm

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

The First Thursday event is on May 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with artist Alan Spitzer, M.D. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  This event open to the public for an opportunity to meet Spitzer and converse with him about his artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

On display in the Eykamp Pavilion, starting May 4, will be Orchid photographs by Alan Spitzer, M.D. Elegant and exotic orchids have held the fascination of humans for millennia. Many cultures believed them to provide virility and power whereas others utilized their healing properties. Orchids have always been treasured for their beauty and scent as much as they still are today. Alan Spitzer has captured images of these botanical gems.

In the 1970’s, Alan Spitzer, M.D. began photography. He started working primarily in black and white. He progressively moved to color over the past 15 years as the craft advanced in color printing techniques. All of his current work is color photography which he controls the printing process himself. Spitzer studied with the late Ansel Adams just prior to his death in 1984. That experience created a profound and lasting influence on much of his work with the landscape. Yet, Spitzer found himself compelled to photograph the city. He began to explore graffiti and street art as another facet of potential photographic expression. This work originally started in Philadelphia, but has expanded to New York and Miami in recent years.

Dr. Alan Spitzer earned an Undergraduate Degree from New Jersey’s Rutgers University and graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and his neonatal fellowship at University of California at San Francisco. He has had a long and accomplished career as a neonatologist. He has taught Pediatrics and published a popular neonatal textbook, “Fetal and Neonatal Secrets”. Dr. Spitzer has also served many years overseeing clinical research, continuing medical education and clinical initiatives.

sun7may - 3sepmay 71:00 amsep 3Ceramics by Alisa (Al) Holen Exhibition(may 7) 1:00 am - (september 3) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

May 7 (Sunday) 1:00 am - September 3 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

Assistant chair of the department of art and an assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana, Alisa (Al) Holen is a consistent award winner in regional competitions. Her ceramics will be exhibited in the John Streetman Alcove from May 7 – September 3.

When asked about what influenced her to become an artist, Al Holen tells the story that, growing up, she didn’t know that dads watched football on weekends. She thought dads went to the art studio on the weekends. Her father, the sculptor Norman D. Holen, was a professor of art at Ausberg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recalls that there was always clay at their house and father and daughter would work side by side making art.

Holen holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Ausberg College, a Master’s degree in ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a ceramic emphasis from the University of Iowa. She is active as a presenter in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference and is involved in many local arts activities including founding Empty Bowls Evansville.

thu8jun - 11jun 86:00 pmjun 11Art in Bloom6:00 pm - 1:00 am (11) Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

8 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - 11 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

Inspired by the fields of flowers depicted in the plein air paintings of Ramón Vilanova on exhibit in the Old Gallery, the Museum has organized a temporary display of art to capture the imaginations and talents of regional floral designers. ART IN BLOOM, a special event to be held June 9 – 11, in the Museum’s Crescent Galleries, pairs works from the permanent collection with live floral displays created by the area’s leading designers to interpret the individual works of art.

For more information on participating as an artist, please visit: evansvillemuseum.org/programs/art-in-bloom

sun23jul - 1octjul 231:00 amoct 1Ira Reines Ethereal Figurative Bronzes Exhibition(july 23) 1:00 am - (october 1) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

July 23 (Sunday) 1:00 am - October 1 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

Born in New York City in 1957, Ira Reines has been interested in art since childhood. He was hired at age 19 by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut to sculpt medallions and there he learned and honed advanced plaster-working skills. In 1980, the iconic Art Deco artist Romain de Tirtoff, known as Erté, hired the young artist to translate his celebrated couture designs, drawings and paintings into sculpture. Their collaboration, which lasted 11 years until Erté’s death, produced 70 bronzes. Since that time, Reines has explored in his figurative sculpture the relationship between humans and the cosmos, order and chaos, and the sublime beauty of the divine. His work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, and the Four Arts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach, Florida. A private collection of his recent work, including a series entitled The Five Elements, will be on exhibition from July 23 – October 1 in the Museum’s Old Gallery.

sun3sep - 23novsep 31:00 amnov 23Over There: Evansville and the Great War(september 3) 1:00 am - (november 23) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

September 3 (Sunday) 1:00 am - November 23 (Thursday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

More information to come!