September 27, 2017 | Alexandria, Louisiana —
The Alexandria Museum of Art officially began in October of 1977 and grew out of the Central Louisiana Art Association which had existed since 1938. Many of the founders of our museum are no longer with us and it is their vision we celebrate. Peggy Bolton, Fran Davis, Joy Hodges, Thilo Steinshulte and many more. This October, to celebrate our 40 years, the Museum will open its first permanent collection galleries that will remain in place for 5 years with occasional minor changes to keep it fresh and interesting for our local members and visitors. This has been a long time goal of the Museum and we are proud to be reaching that milestone this year.
Since reaccreditation in the Summer of 2013, the staff and collections committee have worked to study, refine and build the collection. The collection has grown through donations, commissions & purchases. Some with the help of the museum’s collector’s circle – a group of museum members who are interested collecting art and helping to shape the Museum collection.
In the last 3 years we have added close to 250 works to our collection. This includes a donation of the CLECO collection of 20 works by Lloyd Hawthorne and 99 pieces from the state of Louisiana that includes important Louisiana artists such as Clyde Connell, Ida Kolmeyer, Elmore Morgan, Jr, Arthur Silverman, George Dunbar, Robert Gordy and John McCrady as well as prominent Art Professors Ed Premuk, Micheal Crespo, Robert Warrens, Bill Iles and more. Some artists whose works have been donated include the Newcomb pottery artist Henrietta Bailey, Caroline Durieux, John Drysdale, Cora Kelley Ward, Malaika Favorite, James Michalopoulos and Rolland Golden. Some Works that have been purchased by our collector’s circle and the museum include Keith Perelli, Micheal Yankowski, Aron Belka, Francis Pavy, and Micheal Elliott-Smith and Leslie Elliotsmith. The most prominent piece most recently added is an iconic kinetic sculpture by Lin Emery entitled “Frans Tree” bequeathed by Fran Bolton Davis that we have just installed in front of the Museum.
On Friday, October 13th the AMoA collection gallery will open with its first exhibition Collective Visions: Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage. This exhibition will be in place for 5 years and explores influences that moved through Louisiana art beginning with the Woodward Brothers at Tulane and Newcomb. Using works from our collection we map these influences through Louisiana’s colleges, schools and collectives and will have changes each year to keep it fresh for our home audience. Additionally, the Museum is working with Culture Connect to create an App that will allow our visitors to dig deeper into the exhibition and the collection. After conferring with colleagues, I believe we are the only ones doing this particular research, which opens us up to more internship and student research opportunities.
AMoA will have celebratory activities the week following the opening, that includes free Second Saturday Tours, a mystery theater dinner, and culminate with the Luminary Procession at ArtWalk on October 20th. We hope you will celebrate all year with the Alexandria Museum of Art as we celebrate this 40th Anniversary. In the coming months we will share more information about important acquisitions, more videos about museum programming and impact, and details about the collection gallery and fun events we will host in October.
Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage Permanent Collection
Member Preview & Reception • 6-8pm
Celebrate with us this Fall as we open our first permanent collection gallery in our 40 year history!
Opening on October 13th, this exhibition will spotlight the development of Louisiana art in the state through connections between artists and educators. Beginning with Ellsworth and William Woodward this web of connectivity between artists in the state reaches to the present day, and will spotlight the development of Louisiana art in the state through connections between artists and educators.
CONNECTED VISIONS Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage
Public Opening Ceremony • 10:30am Free Admission All Day
THE ART OF MURDER A Mystery Theatre Dinner featuring The Unusual Suspects
The evening will include Louisiana themed three course meal, with wine, catered by Word of Mouth Cafe, and an one-night-only interactive theatrical performance by The Unusual Suspects, in our Third Flood Gallery. The Art of Murder was written by one of Downtown Alexandria’s favorite superstars, Dan Forest, just for this occasion! Tell your friends, and come out for a night of art, murder, mystery, dinner, and theatre at the Alexandria Museum of Art! Only 100 seats available.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS $45* (Available until October 10th, 2017) Regular Ticket Prices $50** (After October 10th) Tickets available online at themuseum.org/artofmurder
Fall Illuminated Procession
During Downtown Alexandria ArtWalk
Walk with us or watch! Be The Light! Line up at AMoA at 6:30pm. Procession rolls at 7:30pm.