The new exhibitions officially open Thursday during Art After Hours, a monthly event that allows the public to enter the museum after normal opening hours. Thursday’s rally will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“For Keeps: Selections from the Permanent Collection” will be on display until September 25 with “Self-taught”, an exhibition of American folk art from the permanent collection and featuring works by Mose “T” Tolliver, Woodie Long, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, William Dawson and Bernie Sims – all self-taught artists.
Also from the permanent collection, a series of botanical prints by artist Alice Mason – known for her abstract paintings – will be on display until the end of the year.
“I found them in a box, and these are pieces of a sketchbook,” Lemmer said. “From the notes I found, she just experimented with different things, and I think this work must have come from a book she was experimenting with printmaking techniques.”
But art collections don’t have to be limited to museum walls or vaults. Upcoming Wiregrass Museum of Art exhibits showcase not only the museum’s permanent collection, but also art from a private collector from Alabama on loan to the museum.
“Beautiful Work If You Can Get It” features an eclectic mix of artwork, including sculptures created with metal tools. Some of the pieces are by artists whose works are also part of the museum’s collection, such as Dale Lewis’ caricature of the lips “Queen of the Lipstack”.