2011 Exhibitions

Reflections of a Journey Engravings After Karl Bodmer

Reflections of a Journey: Engravings After Karl Bodmer
January 21 – February 27, 2011

Karl Bodmer was a Swiss painter hired as an artist to record the Missouri River Expedition headed by the German Prince Maximilian in 1832. He created watercolors documenting the towns and people of the American West. These originals were turned into aquatint engravings in a famous book of the expedition. His images of American Indians of the region are recognized as painstakingly accurate painted images of native peoples, culture and their environment.

Paul FolwellContemporary Artist Series 2011: "Collectors Choice"
For 2011, we have identified a group of local collectors to highlight an artist they collect or are enthusiastic about, appropriately titled “Collectors Choice."
Paul Folwell

January 28 – March 27, 2011

Paul Folwell grew up in Colorado and lives and paints in Durango. He learned to ski the mountains before he learned to paint them, and until his children were grown he made his living as a skier as part of the team that created Purgatory Ski Resort. Paul is basically a landscape painter. He paints the subjects he knows and loves with great bravura.

American Legacy- Our National ParksAmerican Legacy: Our National Parks
February 13 – April 24, 2011

The exhibition comprised more than 100 paintings by 36 members and guests of the Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), documenting 35 different National Park Service locations stretching from coast to coast and border to border. An additional segment of approximately 15 paintings celebrates the centennial of Zion National Park. American Legacy takes the viewer through 130 years of preservation. In many ways it is a “field journal” experience of jewel-like colors, dazzling light and subtle nuances.

MAA 11 best in show dipping sauce-watercolor. Cindy Brabec-KingMidland Arts Association Annual Show
March 10 – April 10, 2011
Each spring, a juried show of artists from around the country is hosted at the Museum of the Southwest.

Pamela NelsonContemporary Artist Series 2011: "Collectors Choice"
Pamela Nelson

April 8 – May 22, 2011

Pamela Nelson has taught in museums and colleges, and started a program to teach art to homeless artists.  She has received eight year appointment to U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which meets every month to review art and architecture in Washington. She served as the design artist for four light-rail stations, and has a recent commission at DFW Airport. Nelson believes in the importance of public green spaces and public art, increasing our humanity and appreciation of life.

Student Art 11Student Art Annual Show
April 21 – May 22, 2011
A yearly show of art submitted by K-12 students throughout Midland

Dichos- Words to Live Love and laugh by in Latin American
Dichos: Words to Live, Love, and Laugh by in Latin American
May 15 – June 20, 2011

Organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, this exhibit featured 46 color photographs accompanied by select miniature dichos-laden vehicles. Truck drivers in many parts of Latin America take great delight in inscribing dichos, a saying, proverb, or amusing expression, on their vehicles as a way of conveying their personal feelings and worldviews to a broad audience. Dichos, hand painted in a variety of graphic styles and colors, address subjects ranging from religion and love, to puns and earthy humor. The lively quality of the lettering and bright colors combined with the messages themselves present a wonderful form of folk art.

El Caballo The Horse in Mexican Folk ArtEl Caballo; The Horse in Mexican Folk Art                     
May 15 – June 20, 2011

Mexico celebrates a rich tradition of arte popular that reaches more than 2,000 years into the Mesoamerican past. This exhibition celebrates this enduring tradition through a variety of ceramics, metalwork, paper art, sculpture, and other works of art. Using whatever materials are at hand, the artists fashion an array of utilitarian, ceremonial, and decorative objects indicative of the talent and broad variety of the folk arts of Mexico. Each object in this exhibition focuses on the horse, an animal that holds special prominence in Mexico.

Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle SiegristExquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist
June 10 – August 28, 2011

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are a husband and wife team who capture the attention of viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs.  Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies giving the Siegrists international recognition among collectors.  Their tiny canvases measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification.

Sheldon HarveyContemporary Artist Series 2011: "Collectors Choice"
Sheldon Harvey

June 10 – Aug 21, 2011

Sheldon Harvey is a Navajo artist from Window Rock, Arizona. His uncle, Aaron Harvey, began teaching him how to paint at a young age. Sheldon also attributes his talents to the teachings of his grandfather, Leo Harvey, a silversmith, and Videl Nez, at Dine’ College. He gets his inspiration for his paintings and wood sculptures through sandpaintings, his own weavings, and Yei-Be-Che dances. Harvey's work depicts spirits from the Navajo creation myth and other ancient traditions in an effort to preserve his culture and the story of his people.

Woody Crumbo- Tribal Dancers and Inspirational WildlifeWoody Crumbo: Tribal Dancers and Inspirational Wildlife
July 8 – August 21, 2011

This exhibition featured a collection of the silk screens and etchings by the artist Woody Crumbo. Crumbo was a Potawatomi Indian artist and dancer. He held several important positions in different museums and was influential in raising awareness and appreciation for American Indian art. Although he was a gifted painter, he is better known for his high quality etchings and silk screen prints. In his art, Crumbo strived to “complete the pictorial record of Indian history, religion, rituals, customs, way of life, and philosophies…a graphic record that a million words could not begin to tell.”

A Tale of Two Cities- Eugene Atgets Paris and Berenice Abbotts New York
A Tale of Two Cities: Eugene Atget’s Paris and Berenice Abbott’s New York
September 2 – October 23, 2011                   

More than an exhibition of architectural photography, this show examines the work of two artists who were inextricably linked to each other and to the development of modern photography.  Eugene Atget was dismayed by the amount of architectural history being destroyed during the modernization of Paris and began photographing the city’s shop fronts, streets, and neighborhoods.  Berenice Abbott met Atget in 1925. She later embarked on a project to document the ever-changing New York City landscape.  Her efforts produced a catalog of images that, like Atget’s earlier photographs of Paris, records the essential character of the city.

Burton Pritzker2Burton Pritzker
September 16 – October 23, 2011

While working as an architect, Burton Pritzker was always striving for a way to design the light itself. Although he had created drawings, sculptures, and architecture previously, he realized photography was the only way to study and explore light. Since then he has worked as an artist full-time, exploring with the camera, which he sees as “a key to a lock in a door, not as a tool to record the physical world.” This exhibition presented the works of Pritzker from the collection of the Museum of the Southwest, complementing the photographs of A Tale of Two Cities.

Louisa McElwainContemporary Artist Series 2011: "Collectors Choice"
Louisa McElwain

September 16 – October 23, 2011

Louisa McElwain is a plein-air artist, an impressionist, who loves to paint the New Mexico sky and landscape. She stated that, "During the process of painting large canvases outdoors, the interaction with Nature introduces insects, particles of plants and soil into the paint. To acknowledge the simultaneous levels of reality which surround me, I sometimes deliberately introduce elements into the paint like bits of broken beer bottle, bone, fur, or charred wood. . . I never want to forget that what I am looking at is paint on canvas."


William HookContemporary Artist Series 2011: "Collectors Choice"
William Hook
November 4 – December 31, 2011

The American Landscape is William Hook’s inspiration. Large skies, low horizons, distant mountains, and textured foregrounds are expressed in his paintings with broad brushstrokes vivid color. His work is distinctive and stands out from contemporary landscape painters.

Kent Ullberg- A RetrospectiveKent Ullberg: A Retrospective
November 15, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Kent Ullberg was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1945.  He studied at the Swedish Konstfack School of Art in Stockholm and at museums in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In 1967 he worked as a taxidermist in Botswana, Africa. Ullberg is now one of America’s most distinguished contemporary sculptors. An identity he claimed once he had begun a lasting relationship with Art Castings of Colorado where his first casting of a wildebeest entitled “Migration” was made. This exhibit contains over forty pieces spanning a period of over thirty years containing creatures from the land, sea and air.


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