Romare Bearden: Artist, Activist, Visionary
NOVEMBER 16–MARCH 10
A new traveling exhibition presents the work of Romare Bearden (1911–1988), recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th century. Bearden was an African American artist, author, and jazz songwriter who countered racial stereotypes with imagery drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination. Born in North Carolina, he grew up in Pittsburgh and New York City where his home became a meeting place for major figures of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition examines how Bearden agitated for change through his artwork and writing. Included are original collages, watercolors, screenprints, posters, and archival materials, drawn largely from the Romare Bearden Foundation’s collection with one work from the Juliet Art Museum.
The exhibition was organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, New York, NY. Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. This exhibition is presented with support from The Elliott Family Foundation, Daywood Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Inc., Bernard H. & Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, WesBanco, West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fund for the Arts.
Something Pretty: New Work by Nichole Westfall
RESIDENCY: NOVEMBER 17–DECEMBER 20
EXHIBIT: DECEMBER 21–FEBRUARY 25
“Defender of the Decorative Arts”—that is how West Virginia artist Nichole Westfall describes her work. Westfall is known for her colorful murals across our region: joyful, whimsical scenes created with large blocks of color and patterning. The Juliet Art Museum welcomes Westfall this winter with a new exhibition! She will be our Artist in Residence from Nov. 17 through Dec. 20, working on new paintings with an open studio. Members of the public can wander by and observe her at work or ask her questions. Her new paintings will remain on display for two months after her residency.
This residency and exhibition are supported by The Elliott Family Foundation, Daywood Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Inc., Glotfelty Foundation, Bernard H. & Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, WV Division of Arts, Culture, and History, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fund for the Arts.
The Clay Center’s performing and visual arts offerings are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.