In a New Light: Alice Schille and the American Watercolor Movement

On view June 14 – September 29, 2019

More than 50 works, many of which have not been exhibited for decades, comprise In a New Light: Alice Schille and the American Watercolor Movement. Organized by CMA and Guest Curators Jim Keny and Tara Keny, this exhibition honors the Columbus native’s 150th birthday and her contribution to the American watercolor movement, offering new critical insights on this remarkable artist. In addition, the illuminating exhibition explores Schille’s travels, critical reception, support of the women’s suffrage movement, and technical virtuosity in the watercolor medium.

One of the most celebrated American watercolorists of the 20th century, Schille earned acclaim from critics and fellow artists across the United States and Europe at a time when becoming an acknowledged professional artist was a particularly challenging path for women. Her subjects were often beach and harbor scenes, landscapes and city marketplaces, painted in pure-wash watercolor with modern compositions.

Member Preview
June 13, 2019, 6:30 PM
Members are invited to be the first to see some of the finest American watercolors featuring pioneering artist Alice Schille. Coinciding with Schille’s 150th birthday, In a New Light: Alice Schille and the American Watercolor Movement sheds new light on this innovative watercolorist, restoring Schille’s place in the canon of American art. Join us for a member-exclusive evening including gallery viewing, light hors d’oeuvres, and exhibition talk at 6:30 PM with Kathleen Foster, Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Members are also welcome at the simultaneous Opening Reception for Greater Columbus, the 2019 Greater Columbus Arts Council exhibition featuring Columbus-based artists.

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[Top Image: Alice Schille, Mother and Child in a Garden, France, (detail), c. 1911-12. Collection of Ann and Tom Hoaglin]

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