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  • Volunteer Recognition Day at the MMFA –
    the volunteers in action The last segment showed all members of the staff holding Thank You signs Tim Brown Curator of Education did a fantastic job pulling the images together complete with music Every year volunteers contribute their time and talents to the Museum As volunteer coordinator and an active volunteer myself I know the difference that this service can make in the Museum s programs I was pleased to work with other Museum staff to organize the luncheon that recognized each of the following individuals for their outstanding service to the Museum Art Auction Award Ginny Cumbus Mary Dunn Technology on the Road Award Ben Cumbus Development Leadership Award Barrie Harmon Junior Executive Board Beth Hataway Special Events Award Winston Wilson Reese Assistance Needed Today Award Agnes Han First Impressions Award Henrietta Macguire Helen Till Flimp FAME group from BTW Caroline Barmeitler Stephen Brickley Mark Bullock Betty Jackson Lil Martin Claudia Mitchell Edward Patillo Mamie Sellers Embracing Technology Mattie Dejarnette Rookie of the Year Sheryl Rosen Outstanding Contribution to The Art of Baking and Cakewalk Tour Katherine Danley Outstanding Contribution to Outreach Corrine Cau Outstanding Contribution to Studio Paula Murphy Outstanding Contribution to Gallery Liz Land Wayne Barto Memorial Award Cathy Hegji Pat Wanglie Award George Jacobsen 100 Hour Club Paula Murphy Lou Scott Each recipient received a certificate of appreciation plus a package of notecards with images by artist James McNeill Whistler One lucky volunteer at each table got to take home the beautiful floral centerpiece created by Melissa Kendall while every volunteer and guest received cookies in the shape of hot air balloons Gloria Simons Volunteer Coordinator View highlights from the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon here https www youtube com watch v 9kbFGCOACQI list UUr4m6 kMNuu97FChx2L00sA On October 20th the Lowder Gallery looked like a launch pad for

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  • Toasting The Wampold Collection at Collectors Society –
    American paintings now on view that she and her late husband Charles acquired together While Babette joked about his purchasing a few paintings once while she was out of town she remarked on how singular the collecting vision was that they shared auspiciously so since the Wampolds lived with each work that is featured in An American Collection Gifts to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from Babette and Charles Wampold Before the gallery talk the Collectors Society toasted Babette and Charles generosity at a champagne tea Babette is pictured celebrating with Director Mark Johnson Once in the exhibition Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld invited Babette to reflect on her adventures in collecting From the pastoral scene pictured beside them to the vivid Sacrifice of Isaac just behind the Wampolds collection is comprised of a rich array of moving landscapes and figurative works You won t want to miss seeing the paintings hung together for the first time in almost a decade Mrs Wampold seemed to thoroughly enjoy being reunited with all of her old friends In addition to the Wampolds the Museum is also grateful to Winifred and Charles A Stakely for their individual support of An American Collection and to Renasant Bank for their co sponsorship of the exhibition Alice Novak Assistant Curator of Education Thursday afternoon October 2 collector and Museum donor Babette Wampold gave a charming talk about the twenty seven American paintings now on view that she and her late husband Charles acquired together While Babette joked about his purchasing a few paintings once while she was out of town she remarked on how singular the collecting vision Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General

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  • MMFA Family Member says “Goodbye” –
    August 2009 As she embarked on this new career she was also trying to get through grieving the death of her mom Jacoby says I truly appreciate the support and friendships made As you can imagine the relationships created came through countless conversations not only with shoppers but the artists too Jacoby says I know just about every artist in here My favorite part about working in the store is displaying the art All those moments of working with artists and displaying their art turned into a colorful display of emotion as she said her final goodbyes to members of her MMFA family Tuesday September 30th The staff gathered to bid farewell to Kay over cake and coffee in the Museum s Café M Yes the person who operated The Museum Store countless hours and days is moving to make some long sought changes in her life as she goes home to create more artwork of her own On this occasion Kay received quotes from her colleagues who have grown accustomed to seeing her painted plaques with funny and encouraging quotes in the Museum store Here are words some of the staff left her with We don t remember days we remember moments Love is a flower you have to let it grow Think differently and If you re going through hell keep going All read aloud by staff members that Tuesday afternoon these quotes seemed to echo their heartfelt sentiments she will be greatly missed As she leaves she passes the torch to the newly hired Ward Chesser but don t think you have seen the last of Kay Jacoby Jacoby says I will be back for Artist Market and other events Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations If you ever walked into The Museum Store in

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/mmfa-family-member-says-goodbye/ (2016-02-14)
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  • A History Worth Saving –
    on and even photographic paper is largely acidic the non acidic kind is now too expensive to be used for much other than making and preserving artwork So when the process of scanning existing images and documents became more widely available and cost effective the Museum started using computer hard drives to store our archival data While it has its challenges digital records are the future of archive management and we are already somewhat ahead of the curve The 2014 year long celebration of our 25 th anniversary in the Blount Cultural Park provided significant impetus for our efforts to locate and scan images of the Museum during its first twenty five years when we were located in an old school building downtown A desire to focus on the early art collection also prompted us to look at the roots of the institution in its early years and to revisit our now distant past It was fascinating to find images of the previous Museum buildings and the programs that gave rise to the ones we offer now A tangible result of our efforts to digitize the institutional history in a well organized database was the timeline of early Museum history titled Origins A Timeline of the MMFA Produced in conjunction with the Origins exhibition which was on view this past summer and online at the link above the timeline encapsulates through photographs and brief text the development of the Museum and its collection on Lawrence Street Through our website via email and through social media the Museum will increasingly use digital means to communicate with our audiences By preserving a digital heritage of the MMFA subsequent generations of Museum visitors will have the resources to explore our development as the primary visual arts institution in the River Region for the

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  • Blog –
    such artist the Selma painter Crawford Gillis 1914 2000 In Custody Project for a Southern Armory 1936 watercolor on paper Gift of George W and Sue Royer Jr 2013 13 In Custody is a powerful indictment of Southern society in the 1930s It is evident from the painting s composition a frightened black man in the custody of National Guardsmen that he was referencing the social climate that predominated during the years of the Great Depression in which poor people both black and white were subject to harsh living conditions and sometimes brutalized by authorities The painting s subtitle Project for a Southern Armory was most likely an ironic reference to the possibility that an image such as this one would be an appropriate mural subject to place in an armory building that was planned for Selma When asked if he had witnessed what transpired in the composition he told the reviewer that I didn t see it They announced they would build a new armory in my town and this is the way I felt it would work out Gillis is an example of a talented Alabama artist who was fully dedicated to his work but unfortunately lived in an era when achieving wider recognition was complicated first by the Great Depression and then by the disruptions of World War II In addition he fought the prejudices of a society that accepted Mencken s opinions as gospel since there was no culture in Alabama as Mencken adjudged it there would be no artists This attitude created a challenge for those who saw Crawford Gillis insightful works on exhibit in a New York gallery in 1938 and then had to come to terms with his origins in the South The reviewers of the January exhibition essentially dealt with the perceived contradiction by patronizing the artist characterizing him as self taught despite the fact that he had studied art for many years in Selma and then attended the National Academy of Design studying under Charles Courtney Curran 1861 1942 and Leon Kroll 1884 1974 In spite of these quite acceptable art world credentials the reviewers did not get past his past While H L Mencken was no admirer of the South by 1930 he would have at least found something to admire in Montgomery In that year the founders of the MMFA created the State s first art museum and Mencken himself married a Montgomery girl Sara Haardt who was a Professor of English at Goucher College Ever since Montgomery s art museum has been proving that prejudices are just that and that art is indeed alive and well in the Sahara of the Bozeart Jerry Siegel Crawford Gillis 1994 Collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Auburn University Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Tour could put MMFA in National Spotlight 5 12 14 It s a conference that could gain the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts worldwide attention 40 writers and bloggers from as far away as Canada and Australia took a four day tour of the Capital city They are known as the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association Writers David and Mary Gayle Sartwell of Bradenton Florida walked into the Museum around 11 30 Thursday morning David Gayle says he wants his readers to have an understanding of what to do and where to go when they visit Montgomery What we look for are personal interests things in particular like Hank Williams and black history He says after growing up in the North he wants to look at the past and see how the city of Montgomery has progressed over the years His wife Mary says There s more culture here than I presumed I came here with an open mind not knowing what to expect MMFA s Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas gave the Sartwells and others a tour of 11 of the Museum s galleries Author Judith Glynn is from New York City Glynn shared her goals as a writer We want to give a first hand introduction to the city It s our responsibility to tell readers what we saw Lamont Mackay travels from Blenheim Ontario Canada This museum is spectacular so open It has a wonderful look and feel Each member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association provide press coverage through articles blog posts and social media They made the Museum s ARTWORKS interactive gallery and learning center the final stop on their 30 minute tour It appeared to be a favorite with the guests Mary Gayle says The child in me is coming alive again I have been to a lot of science museums This is one of the best I have seen Mackay says It makes you want to be a kid again This will be a hook in my story I am excited to write about this The group wrapped up their visit with lunch at the MMFA s Café M Our staff was delighted the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce chose the Museum as one of the destinations for these writers to visit We hope their publications will spread word about the quality Montgomery s art museum has to offer Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Ending on a High Note 5 9 14 The monthly book club Ekphrasis ended the season on a high note Margaret Lynne Ausfeld curator of art gave a stimulating presentation about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald Z A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler beginning with music Witchy Woman by the Eagles woo hoo witchy woman see how high she flies to set the mood and proceeding with an exploration of Zelda s life through photography and art in the Museum s permanent collection With fifty people in attendance the program s success was the culmination of a tremendous year which included Skype

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/about/blog/page/7/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Ekphrasis: A Book Club for the 21st Century –
    context is a departure from its traditional usage but I find Vreeland s adaptation appealing because it opens up the door for multi faceted approaches to analysis allowing us to explore the intersection of art with literature film and photography With art as the central focus and our chosen books fiction and nonfiction as the main vehicle we supplement our discussions with multimedia presentations that include visual and digital imagery audio and video used to expand our understanding of the topics addressed For example a book about the painter Caravaggio was supplemented by a slideshow of his paintings and selected clips from a video documentary as visual references On several occasions featured authors have called in to answer questions via Skype including of course Susan Vreeland Clara and Mr Tiffany Life Studies Stories Passion of Artemisia Jack Flam Matisse and Picasso The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship and Harriet Chessman Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper We have also invited authors to visit the Museum and address the club in person including Nancy Robards Thompson a k a Elizabeth Robards author of With Violets and Nancy G Heller author of Why a Painting is Like a Pizza The next book club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 12 2014 at 12 p m Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art will offer a presentation on the Los Angeles art scene and lead a discussion about the featured book Rebels in Paradise The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s by Hunter Drohojowska Philp I hope you will join us at the next book club meeting Tim Brown Curator of Education The Ekphrasis book club is an exciting monthly program hosted by the Education Department that explores various topics related to art and art history as they are interpreted by historical or

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  • Welcome to the blog at the new MMFA website! –
    certainty it took a lot of hard work and effort to make this happen A year ago the Museum team began researching in earnest what functionality a modern museum website needed to have as a base line and then started its wouldn t it be nice list In February 2013 we sent out a national Request for Proposal and in March decided to partner with Cuberis out of Durham North Carolina You are seeing months of work come to fruition before you We still have a few items on our to do list but are thrilled to be presenting what you see here today I would like to thank Mark Johnson for his leadership in approving and finding the funding for the new site The web working group consisted of Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Tim Brown Amy Johnson Sarah Puckitt and Tisha Rhodes Countless other staff came in and out of the workgroup as needed or requested and everyone remembered our flexibility and sense of humor mantra Let me know what you think of the site Do you have suggestions for improvements or ideas for us to implement It s still a work in progress so let me know your thoughts Thank you Jill Barry Deputy Director for Development y m rg As project coordinator on the Museum side I can say with certainty it took a lot of hard work and effort to make this happen A year ago the Museum team began researching in earnest what functionality a modern museum website needed to have as a base line and then started its wouldn t it be Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store

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  • Something’s missing –
    movements to the tranquil scene However time and the talons of waterfowl especially wintering flocks of big black cormorants had eroded the gilded surface that initially glistened in the sun Consequently the Museum involved the artist in developing a plan to restore the arcs golden color and preserve the artist s intent for his only sculpture in a marine environment McKay Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin Ohio examined the sculpture and proposed to clean and re gild the arcs with traditional gold leaf like that Hendricks had used They also recommended an innovative Tnemec clear coat to protect the gilding from damage In October of 2013 the arcs were removed from the lake and shipped to Ohio for treatment They will be re installed in the spring of 2014 This conservation treatment will insure that the gleaming golden arcs will again swing in the breeze as the artist intended The conservators will also be treating a second sculpture from the collection Buckminster Fuller s Twelve Degrees of Freedom 1983 This work is one of the collection s most significant examples of twentieth century American sculpture and it will also return to view in 2014 Funding for the conservation treat ment of these sculptures is provided by the Museums for America grant program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services the Museum and the MMFA Association By 2012 the three 14 foot long aluminum arcs installed by Edward Lee Hendricks in the Museum s lake in 1991 still pivoted on their stainless steel posts in a gentle breeze as designed adding their graceful movements to the tranquil scene However time and the talons of waterfowl especially wintering flocks of big black cormorants had eroded the gilded Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind

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