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  • Harris Gallery
    artists produced extremely realistic paintings of exotic flowers and foods which were highly sought after by wealthy patrons When the French Academy established its formal categories of art in 1669 still life was placed at the bottom of the hierarchy with history paintings and portraiture considered the most significant because of the portrayal of human subjects Still life was viewed as an inferior unimaginative genre as its primary objective was to produce a copy of an unmoving object Nonetheless it can be argued that a great deal of artistic skill is required to execute these very detailed lifelike renderings While still life paintings may at first appear to be rather simple artists often include subtle allegorical components For example skulls symbolize human mortality while clocks and hour glasses are reminders of the passage of time Similarly different types of flowers and fruits are associated with different meanings Lilies represent purity while apples may represent temptation Still life is intended to provoke the senses and invite the viewer to examine the details of a work closely Usually displayed in homes or other private settings still life offers viewers a unique and intimate experience with art Thus it has long remained a favorite genre among collectors and museum visitors alike Still Life Encountering the Everyday is on display through October 16 2016 The exhibit is located in the Harris Gallery on the library s fourth floor Rosenberg Library Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a m to 6 p m Admission to the museum galleries is always free Past Exhibits Harris Gallery 2011 The Harris Gallery came into existence with the addition of the Moody Wing of the library in the early 1970s After Hurricane Ike in late 2008 restoration of the library included new lighting and flooring in the Harris Gallery This gallery is utilized to exhibit thematic collections from amongst the Museum s thousands of carefully preserved and stored paintings illustrations and photography John Woods Harris III 1893 1999 became a trustee of the Rosenberg Library in 1934 and served on the board for nearly four decades As board president during the planning and construction of the building s Moody Memorial Wing Harris was one of the primary fundraisers for the monumental project In 1971 the Harris Gallery was dedicated in honor of the Harris family for their generous gifts to the library John W Harris III was the son of John Woods Harris Jr and Minnie Knox Hutchings Harris After serving as a naval pilot during World War I he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1920 with a degree in law Harris returned to Galveston and began his career as an attorney Harris Gallery 2010 Mr Harris was on the board of directors of the Hutchings Sealy National Bank from 1930 until his retirement in 1974 He also served as director of the Sealy and Smith Foundation for the John Sealy Hospital Harris was on the board of the Galveston Orphans Home for many years

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  • Hutchings Gallery
    more Not to be missed this unique collection of early Texas currency drafts vouchers and paper money tells a unique story about the hardships of the newly formed nation which teetered on the brink of military and financial extinction during its ten years as an independent republic Admission to On the Run and all other exhibits at the Rosenberg Library is free Republic of Texas 5 Star Note DOLLRAS Error one of the artifacts featured in On the Run On the Run Currency Credit and Capitals of the Republic of Texas will remain on display through September 30 2016 Rosenberg Library Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a m to 6 p m Admission to the museum galleries is always free For more information please contact the Museum at 409 763 8854 ext 125 Past Exhibits In 1968 Sealy Hutchings Jr Robert Knox Hutchings Elizabeth Hutchings Cavin and Mary Hutchings pledged a donation to the Rosenberg Library Building Fund for its expansion project The Hutchings Gallery was established as a memorial to their parents Sealy Hutchings Sr and Mary Moody Hutchings The room was dedicated in 1971 after the library s Moody Memorial Wing was completed The oil portraits on the west wall are of John Henry Hutchings 1826 1906 and his wife Minnie Knox Hutchings The couple married in 1856 and they had eight children In 1845 John H Hutchings the father of Sealy Hutchings Sr formed a partnership with John Sealy and George Ball creating Ball Hutchings and Company John Hutchings negotiated the bonds to construct the first bridge across the bay and was instrumental in improving Galveston s harbor During the Civil War Hutchings was active in importing arms and other supplies for the military He later became president of the Galveston Wharf Company On

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  • Lykes Gallery
    Natural Disasters showcases the Great Fire of 1885 the 1900 Storm and Galveston s recovery including the monumental grade raising and seawall construction It also contains a digital slide show Tourism and Entertainment holds relics from Galveston s golden era of entertainment gambling and tourism in the early 1900s It also contains a digital slide show Other jewels in the Lykes Gallery include a unique video tour of the Galveston Ship Channel from the vantage of an authentic ship s wheel and a soothing audio backdrop of Galveston sounds Past Exhibits The James M Lykes Maritime Gallery was a gift to the people of Galveston from the family of James McKay Lykes Genevieve Parkhill Lykes the wife of James Lykes was instrumental in establishing the gallery in her deceased husband s honor Sadly Mrs Lykes passed away in 1971 before the room was finished Her four children however oversaw the design and execution of the exhibition area The art glass window depicts the Doctor Lykes the first ship used by Lykes Lines as well as the Lykes and Parkhill families coats of arms The teakwood paneling ship s bell and steering wheel were intended to recreate the interior space of a ship s cabin While the gallery opened in 1971 along with the rest of the newly constructed Moody Memorial Wing it was not formally dedicated until its completion in 1972 Mr and Mrs Lykes resided in Galveston from 1906 until 1925 When the couple first moved to the island they lived in a house directly across the street from the Rosenberg Library Over the years Genevieve Lykes developed a deep love and appreciation for the city s library When the plans to expand the building were developed in the late 1960s Mrs Lykes provided a generous donation toward the

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  • The McGivney Award
    leagues the Galveston Art League Dr McGivney an award winning painter himself perpetuated his love for the arts by establishing an endowment fund administered by the Rosenberg Library Each year the library awards a purchase prize the McGivney Award to the winner of the Galveston Art League s annual Spring Juries Show The winner is presented with a check and his or her painting is added to the library s

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  • Treasure of the Month
    McGivney an award winning painter himself perpetuated his love for the arts by establishing an endowment fund administered by the Rosenberg Library Each year the library awards a purchase prize the McGivney Award to the winner of the Galveston Art League s annual Spring Juries Show The winner is presented with a check and his or her painting is added to the library s permanent museum collection Here we offer a look at past McGivney Award displays Current McGivney Award Display 2013 Sampson s Dock Artist Leslie Sanders Watercolor 2013 McGivney Award Winner 2012 Abstract Egret Artist Karla Rae Thomas Oil on Canvas 2012 McGivney Award Winner 2005 Shrimpers Artist Carol Hopkins Oil on Canvas 2005 McGivney Award Winner 2004 Far East of the Brazos Artist Jerry L Bachman Acrylic on Canvas 2004 McGivney Award Winner 2003 In the Grass Artist Lori Del Buono Watercolor 2003 McGivney Award Winner 2002 Don t Fence Me In Artist Dr Charles Caillouet Jr Acrylic on Canvas 2002 McGivney Award Winner 2001 Strawberries Artist Dorris Dahine Watercolor 2001 McGivney Award Winner 2000 A Smile from India Artist Pat Rusk Watercolor 2000 McGivney Award Winner 1998 A Portrait of Joel Artist Barbara Kirkpatrick Oil on

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  • Displays
    Library presented the traveling display Citizens At Last The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas which was originally created in honor of the 75th anniversary of this monumental event This 12 panel display was made by the Women s Collection of Texas Women s University to address the history of women s struggle for equality in Texas through historical photographs newspaper clippings cards cartoons and text This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities On Saturday May 21 2011 Rosenberg Library held a reception in the historic Fox Room for the Citizens at Last traveling display As part of this celebration Dr Elizabeth Hayes Turner Professor of the Department of History University of North Texas was invited to speak on women s suffrage in Texas After her presentation a panel discussion featuring Dr Turner and special guests representing the League of Women Voters and former city officials explored Galveston s role in the woman s right to vote This event was free and open to the general public Dr Turner is the author of Women and Gender in the New South 1865 1945 2009 and Women

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  • Displays
    as expression and also to paint his own emotional reaction to his subjects His canvases are recognizable for their visible brushstrokes and apparent texture Art historians credit him with paving the way towards Expressionism and abstraction During his lifetime he created around 900 paintings and 1100 drawings but just one was sold It was not until after his death that he experienced recognition and fame in the art world At

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  • Displays
    the San Carlos Academy of Fine Art and showed 26 of his works at the final student exhibit His talent caught the attention of the governor of Veracruz who arranged for Rivera to study art in Europe He began in Spain and then traveled to Paris where he was surrounded by artists and philosophers of the day including Piet Mondrian Amadeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso There Rivera embraced Cubism though years later he abandoned the movement In 1920 Rivera was awarded a stipend to study in Italy where he discovered the art form that would be synonymous with his name wall frescos A difficult medium frescos require the application of paint directly onto wet plaster Upon returning to Mexico in 1921 Rivera was invited by the Minister of Education to participate in the new government s cultural plan to bring art to the people by decorating public spaces He began a massive undertaking at the Ministry of Education painting nearly 17 000 square feet a project which took nearly seven years to complete It is a vividly colorful example of his favorite imagery pre Hispanic civilization Indian life and peasants at work and at play Over the next several years as he received numerous government commissions his reputation as an acclaimed muralist grew Throughout the 1920s he completed prominent public murals including those at the Agricultural College at Chapingo the National Palace and several within the United States Rivera began to experience international fame in the 1930s with a one man retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City cementing his role as one of the twentieth century s greatest living artists Back in Mexico Rivera turned increasingly to easel painting though he did complete several unfinished murals During the 1940s and 1950s he completed what is

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