EASTON — The Academy Art Museum will open three new exhibits with a public reception for the artists from 5:30 to 7 p.m Friday, Aug. 2.
The exhibits will be open through Sept. 30. Free tours will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
“We are thrilled to have three fascinating artists on view this summer: Philadelphia printmaker Amze Emmons explores printmaking in contemporary culture, not only as on exhibit but also as our artist-in-residence. To show his work with powerhouse James Turrell’s large, light-inspired prints is a curator’s dream. At the same time, we offer regional artist Heather Harvey’s visual experiments of her ‘urban beachcombing,’” said Anke Van Wagenberg, chief curator at the Academy Art Museum.
“Amze Emmons: Pattern Drift” features Amze Emmons, a Philadelphia-based, multidisciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging and instruction manuals.
An exhibition publication will accompany the show and serve as a catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre to date. The exhibit was conceived and curated by the Academy Art Museum and will travel to the Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Emmons will serve as the museum’s second artist-in-residence at the time of his exhibit. He will offer a three-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 8.
The cost is $125 for museum members and $150 for nonmembers. The workshop will be free for up to four college art students or recent art graduates.
For over half a century, American artist James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. His group of prints, “Mapping Spaces,” was created in 1987 as “Chambers and Cross Sections of the Roden Crater.”
Located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, Roden Crater is an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone by light and space, and the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception. Roden Crater is a controlled environment for the experience and contemplation of light.
The Academy Art Museum acquired the portfolio of five color etchings with aquatint, photo-etching, soft-ground and dry point, in 2018.
The final exhibit, “Heather Harvey: The Thin Place,” features the work of visual artist Heather Harvey, associate professor and chairman of art and art history at Washington College in Chestertown. Harvey works at the overlap between objective and subjective experience. Her studio practice includes night walks to collect trash inadvertently left by others — what she calls “urban beachcombing.” These materials, regarded by most as worthless and unsightly, are incorporated in her works to draw out their inherent significance, beauty and strangeness.
This will be the first exhibit of her work within the community where most of her materials were gathered.
The exhibits are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and The Star Democrat, and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit www.academy artmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.