Wrapped with a Bow Selected Gifts to the Permanent Collection 2010 - 2015
The Midwest Museum of American Art presents the exhibit “Wrapped with a Bow: Selected Gifts to the Permanent Collection, 2010-2015”, opening for the Holidays on Friday, December 11, then continuing through Sunday, February 28, 2016. Some scholars would be quick to point out that a museum is only as good as its collections, when of course the institution chooses to collect or accept the largesse of contributions. In the case of MMAA, nearly 3,600 works of art have been donated since 2010 doubling the size of its holdings that now hovers just over 6,400 objects. Substantial gifts from Tom & Dot Corson, Middlebury (3,000 works by Indiana-born artist Bruce Kimberling & wife Janet); Dr. Steven Conant, Indianapolis (327 works ranging over a 100-year period); and, informative study collections for artists who have contributed to the evolutionary growth of the visual arts in our region such as Harold Tuck Langland, Granger, IN, Anthony Droege, Portland, OR, & Susan Lehman, Elkhart, IN, have been donated. In addition to these enormously important historical contributions, many other works from over 70 sources across America have come into the museum’s possession and care-taking. What this means for the public is an increased opportunity to experience their culture through the artwork and vision of artists stretching over a 200-year time period. Many temporary exhibits have been created from the MMAA holdings (since 2006) and will continue well into 2018. With the rising costs of rental fees, insurance, and shipping for traveling exhibitions, it is gratifying to know that such a deep resource of American Art is so accessible in order to curate shows of ultimate cultural and educational value for the public. The current exhibition highlights nearly 100 never-before-seen treasures from the vaults including paintings, watercolors, drawings, etchings, and sculpture. Some of the artists represented from the 19th & early 20th Century include Alfred Thompson Bricher, Currier & Ives, Frank Duveneck, Frederick Carl Frieske, William Glackens, & T.C. Steele. Late 20th Century or contemporary artists include John Buck, Phyllis Branson, Larry Rivers, David Smith, Tuck Langland, & Frank Gehry to name but a few. This exhibition is graciously sponsored by Museum Members like you!