Huntington Museum of Art to participate in Blue Star Museums program

May 21, 2019 GMT

It’s a busy spring as the museum worlds turn.

Here’s a look at some upcoming exhibits and news on the local arts scene.

Opening reception set for Studio Selections exhibit at HMA

Every Tuesday is a good day to head to the Huntington Museum of Art since it is open late (from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.) and thanks to Macy’s, the admission is free.

Tuesday, May 21, is even more special as the museum will host an opening reception for Studio Selections, an exhibition of work by students in HMA’s studio program, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

The Studio Selections exhibit will run from May 21 through June 16, in HMA’s Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall.


“We have many talented adult artists in our studio program and this exhibit is a great way to showcase their work,” said Cindy Dearborn, HMA’s Education Director.

For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

Museum Exhibit Spotlighted by Smithsonian Magazine

In a May 3 article in the Smithsonian Magazine by Jennifer Billock, the Huntington Museum of Art’s exhibit “Women Artists Of The Mountain State,” was highlighted in a story called “Nine Women’s History Exhibits to See This Year.”

The article highlighted how museums around the country are celebrating how the contributions of remarkable women changed everything from human rights to mariachi music.

The article explains how “across the Smithsonian, women’s history is at the forefront, in part because of the launching of the new American Women’s History Initiative. The National Museum of American History tells the story of women’s outsized role in domestic work, the National Museum of the American Indian drew attention to the kidnapping and murder rates of indigenous women in a month-long moving outdoor installation in March, and the National Portrait Gallery opened a brilliant exhibition on the push for women’s suffrage, among many other events and happenings.”

The article stated that the current HMOA exhibit is important since it is honoring both women artists from the Mountain State as well as many who have never received proper recognition.

“Historically, thanks to the rural landscape of much of West Virginia, artists in the state have had a difficult time getting their work out into the public - no matter if they’re male or female,” Billock wrote. “Several women from the Mountain State, though, have been able to achieve some fame as professional artists. The Huntington Museum of Art is honoring these women, as well as some artists who never received proper recognition, with the exhibit “Women Artists of the Mountain State.”


You can read the full story online at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-womens-history-exhibits-to-see-this-year-180971704/#6pieVRhQ5wXaTm0H.99

Museum of Art Free For Nation’s Military and Families This Summer

The Huntington Museum of Art will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program that provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.

“We are offering a great summer of exhibits and programs at the Huntington Museum of Art and we are very pleased to continue our participation in Blue Star Museums,” said HMA Executive Director Geoffrey K. Fleming.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

HMA Executive Director to Discuss Life of Artist Edith Lake Wilkinson

The life of West Virginia artist Edith Lake Wilkinson will be the topic of discussion during the May Tuesday Tour at the Huntington Museum of Art sat 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

HMA Executive Director Geoffrey K. Fleming will present a PowerPoint discussion on the life and artistic career of Wilkinson, who was the focus of an exhibit at HMA in summer 2016. “The life story of Edith Lake Wilkinson is a fascinating one,” Fleming said. “The Tri-State community really responded to Wilkinson’s artwork and her story. The Museum was happy to introduce a new audience to the work of this important West Virginia artist, who spent the final years of her life here in Huntington.”

This presentation takes place in connection with the exhibit titled Women Artists of the Mountain State Presented in Memory of Women’s Art Historian Chris Petteys, which continues on view at HMA through June 30. This exhibit is drawn from the permanent collection of the Huntington Museum of Art and features works by Wilkinson, Blanche Lazzell, and Grace Martin Frame Taylor, among others.

Wilkinson was from Wheeling and produced a small but finely crafted body of work. Wilkinson was a contemporary of Morgantown native Lazzell in the rich artistic community in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the early 20th century. Lazzell is among West Virginia’s most honored women artists and her woodblock prints and paintings are well known for their modernist style.

This exhibit presented in memory of Women’s Art Historian Chris Petteys Presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.