Academy Art Museum Announces October Events


The Academy Art Museum is pleased to announce its October programming, which includes exhibitions, classes, lectures, special events, and more.


The following exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Robert Rauschenberg, Thai II, 1983, Solvent Transfer, watercolor, gouache, and tape on Japanese dedication board, 10 ¾ X 9 9/16 inches (27.3 X 24.3 cm), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, RRF: 83.DO37, Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Robert Rauschenberg, Thai II, 1983, Solvent Transfer, watercolor, gouache, and tape on Japanese dedication board, 10 ¾ X 9 9/16 inches (27.3 X 24.3 cm), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, RRF: 83.DO37, Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Robert Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings

October 24, 2015 – March 6, 2016
Members’ Reception: December 4, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings” is the first of two exhibitions featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg. As one of America’s most iconic 20thcentury artists, Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. He is best known for his Combines of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has worked closely with David White, Senior Curator at the Rauschenberg Foundation in New York. The Foundation agreed to loan 17 ROCI-related drawings, made by the artist in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Kyoto, Japan. A new aspect of the exhibition is The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar and the involvement of Nicole Bray, graduate of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and winner of the inaugural Rauschenberg Foundation Emerging Curator Competition (2015). Bray will bring The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar to the Museum as a contemporary extension of the exhibition. With thanks to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York.


John Ruppert: Grounded

Through November 8, 2015
(Exhibition closed October 12 – 19)
Members’ Reception: September 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Curator-Led Tour: Wednesday, October 21, 12noon

Sculptor John Ruppert’s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. As a great technician with a passion for blurring the lines between natural and man-made materials, Ruppert uses cast metals such as iron, aluminum, copper, or bronze to explore this idea. Also on exhibit are Ruppert’s large scale composite photographs. Exhibit sponsored by the C. Grimaldis Gallery.


Ken Schiano, Tu-tton, 2014, Dry Pigment and Wax, Collection of the Artist.

Ken Schiano: Intuited Geometries

Through November 8, 2015
Exhibition closed for AA.M. Craft Show from October 12 – 19
Curator-Led Tour: Wednesday, October 21, 12 noon

As a painter formally trained as an architect, Ken Schiano’s skills as an artist are largely self-taught. He tends to rely heavily on architectonic principles, especially in the use of materials and process. His practice therefore has an unaffected quality. He is a staunch advocate of abstraction and is known for his intuitive sense of composition and structure. Together with an uncanny use of color and light, he creates powerful abstract presences. In the last two years Schiano has embarked on a project to

re-evaluate the relationship between a painting’s image and the painting as a physical object displacing and altering space. This has led to a series of shaped paintings, in which the painted image and constructed object become inextricably linked. Schiano had a recent solo show at Massoni Art, Chestertown, MD, and continues to be featured extensively in group shows there. His work has also been exhibited at MOMA, NY, and galleries in Atlanta, GA, and in Portland, Belfast, Bangor, Rockland and Blue Hill, ME. This exhibit is sponsored by The Carla Massoni Gallery.


Japanese Prints from the Silverman Collection

Continuing through October 11, 2015

In 2014 Richard and Susan Silverman of Washington and Oxford, MD, generously donated a collection of nine contemporary Japanese prints to the Museum. Richard Silverman bought the prints in Tokyo during his “Rest & Recreation” in 1970 while on active duty with the US Army serving in Korea. They were bought mostly at the Gallery Murakami His interest in contemporary Japanese woodblock prints was the result of having to spend most of his leave indoors as a result of monsoon-like rainstorms. He visited museums and art galleries where his interest in art truly developed. In 2014, Richard and Susan Silverman of Washington and Oxford, MD, generously donated a collection of nine contemporary Japanese prints to the Museum.


The Working Artist Forum

Betty Huang, Morning Pathway, 2013, Wood from Wye Oak, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist.

Betty Huang, Morning Pathway, 2013, Wood from Wye Oak, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Artist.

Through November 29, 2015

The Working Artists Forum (WAF) will present its exhibition of work in the Selections Gallery of the Museum. Since 1979, WAF has been a juried organization of working professional artists from diverse professions and geographic locations who meet monthly at the Museum for demonstrations, group critiques and lively discussions. Membership has grown from 13 original charter members to 91 members today. WAF members actively show their work on the Eastern Shore, separately and together, and have pieces in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. Although members have received numerous awards and prizes in countless competitions and shows, a strong interest remains in pro bono work for the community, and donations are made each year to the art classes in our area schools. This year’s judge is Lee Mills, an artist and member of The Artists’ Exchange in Rehoboth, DE.



Pictured is work of Washington, DC neon artist Craig Kraft, who will be featured at this year’s Academy Art Museum Craft Show. (Photo courtesy of Craig Kraft)

Pictured is work of Washington, DC neon artist Craig Kraft, who will be featured at this year’s Academy Art Museum Craft Show. (Photo courtesy of Craig Kraft)

18th Annual Craft Show – “Blown Away”

October 16-18, 2015
Preview Party: Friday, October 16, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Party Tickets: $100 per person (includes complimentary Craft Show ticket for either Saturday or Sunday)
Show Hours: October 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Daily Admission: $10 for Museum members; $12 for non-members

The Museum will celebrate and highlight the medium of glass at its 18th Annual Craft Show. Three featured artists will illustrate the breadth of glass artistry, including award-winning glass blowers, Julia and Robin Rogers; local Eastern Shore mosaic artist, Sue Stockman; and Washington, DC neon artist, Craig Kraft. Emilio Santini will be the show’s Visionary Artist and Honorary Chair. His exhibitions span the globe with selected collections represented in the Corning Museum of Glass, the Chrysler Museum, the Sheffield Museum (UK) and the Museo di Arte Contemporanea Ca’Pesaro in Venice. Over half of this year’s 60 juried artists are new to the Show, representing jewelry, wood, ceramics, metal, mixed media, sculpture, basketry, paper, and fibers. For more information about this event, visit



Event to Delight Lovers of Culture & Good Times
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Lincoln Lives!

Saturday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.
$75 per person (includes drinks and light hors d’oeuvres)

Calling all history buffs! Dr. Duke Thompson brings one of America’s greatest presidents to life at the Academy Art Museum. President Lincoln will transport you to his world as he shares his trials and tribulations, and finds solace at the piano, playing music of the Civil War. 2015 marks the 250th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, making this performance at the Museum ever more exciting. The 45-minute show launches you back in time.


2015 – 2016 Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series

Additional information online at Lectures begin at 6p.m.
Series Ticket (4) Lectures: $50 Members, $65 Non-Members
Individual Tickets: $15 Members, $20 Non-members

People, Place, Purpose, High-profile Designs in The Netherlands and Elsewhere

October 23
Francine Houben, Founding Partner/Creative Director at Mecanoo, Delft, The Netherlands
Houben currently leads the revitalization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC.



Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland
The Staechelin & Im Obersteg Collections
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Cost: $65 Members, $90 Non-members (Fee includes transportation, admission and tour)

This exhibition focuses on a groundbreaking shift in the development of Swiss collections that occurred in the first decade of the 20th century, as patrons began to look beyond the contributions of regional painters and broaden their definition of modern art. The exhibition pays tribute to pioneering supporters Rudolf Staechelin (1881–1946) and Karl Im Obersteg (1883–1969), both from Basel, who enthusiastically championed the work of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and School of Paris artists. From their renowned collections, over 60 celebrated paintings created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries by 22 world-famous artists will be on view. The city of Basel’s vital support for modern art, the approaches of the two collectors—who knew each other personally and developed friendships with artists—and their shared preference for colorful, expressive paintings of figures, still life, and landscape unify these impressive works. This exhibition marks the first occasion for these collections to be exhibited together in the US.


Monthly Coffee and Critique

Mentors: Katie Cassidy, Diane DuBois Mullaly
Friday Mornings: October 2, November 6, December 4
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost: $10 per person per session payable at the door (no online registration)

Saturdays en Plein Air!

Mentor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Monthly, Last Saturday of October
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE to Museum Members

Head Drawing Fundamentals

Instructor: Patrick Meehan
6 weeks: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $210 Members, $240 Non-members (plus modeling fee)

The Next Step – Oil Painting for New or Returning Painters

Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
4 weeks: October 21, 28, November 4, 18 (no class November 11)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $165 Members, $195 Non-members

Color Monday! – The Color Under the Color

Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Mini-Workshop, October 26
Monday, 10a.m. – 3p.m. EADU9415-10
Cost: $65 Members, $95 Non-members

Head Painting

Instructor: Patrick Meehan
6 weeks: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $200 Members, $230 Non-members (plus modeling fee)

Not Just for Covers Anymore: Decorative Papers for Bookbinding

Instructors: Lynn Reynolds and Joan Machinchick
4 weeks, October 1 – 29 (no class October 15)
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $235 members, $265 non-members ($30 materials fee payable to instructors)

Painting with Photoshop

Instructor: Chris Pittman
5 weeks: October 7- November 4
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $165 Members, $195 Non-members

How to Tame Your Camera – Beginning Photography

Instructor: Sahm Doherty-Sefton
3 weeks: October 21, 28 and November 4
Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $ 100 Members, $130 Non-members

HDTV, Movies and Music Using Your Smart Phone

Instructor: Scott Kane
3 Days: October 7, 14 and 21
Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $70 Members, $100 Non-members

Organizing, Storing and Sharing Photos with Your Smart Phone

Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, October 28 and November 4
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $45 Members, $75 Non-members

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop

Instructor: George Holzer
Contact instructor for times and fees

Book Arts Studio*

Studio meets on the second Sunday of each month from 1-4:00 p.m. beginning September 13
For artists who would like to experiment with book-making techniques from the simple to the fanciful. There is no designated instructor. Participants should bring all materials from home.
For additional information contact: Lynn Reynolds at 410-757-5542 or

Open Portrait Studio*

Model fee collected weekly
Beginning September 14
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – noon
The group meets weekly with a live model. For additional information contact Nancy Reybold at 410-822-0597 or

Open Studio with Live Model *

Money is collected weekly to cover model fees
Beginning September 14
Mondays, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
An opportunity to study the human figure and its action, volume, structure, anatomy, design and expressive potential. For additional information contact Nancy Reybold at 410-822-0597 or

Collage Studio*

Studio meets second Saturday of each month, (except September when class meets on the 19th)
10 a.m. – 2p.m.
For those interested in collage, assemblage or fibers. Artists are invited to come and work on a project they would like to start, or have begun. There is no designated instructor. For additional information contact: Susan Steward at 410-226-5742 or

Field Trip for Grown-Ups

Dates: Monday, Oct. 5, 6 – 8 p.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Cost: $10
The Museum is offering two new Field Trips for Grown Ups (FTGU) to complement its fall exhibitions. FTGU are designed to allow adults to experience a Museum exhibition in a new hands-on way: Look, think, share, discuss and create! A FTGU consists of an informal tour/chat about the exhibition(s) on view and the opportunity to work on a related art project. Projects are designed to get adults thinking, experimenting, and working with different materials and are not formal art lessons. They are designed to spark creativity and to appeal to novices and professional artists alike. Sign up online or email Constance at
* A Museum membership is required to attend.


Kindermusik In partnership with Chesapeake Children’s Theatre & Performing Arts Center

Classes for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Big Kids
Complete schedule available at: or


Holiday Craft Saturdays at the Museum

(Ages 6-12)
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Scholarships available.
Cost: $5 per child
Come join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts. We will create one or more seasonal projects that children can take home to keep or give as gifts. Color your holiday with fun.


Saturday, October 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

Cartooning Made Easy!

Students in grades 4 through 8
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Five Wednesdays, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov 4
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $80, Non-members, $90

Have a Ball! A Ceramic Clay Hand-Building Workshop

Ages 8-14
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Two Saturdays: October 3 and 10
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $ 140 Members, $150 Non-members

Art Plus In-Service Day Activity

Talbot County Public Schools
Ages 6-10
For information about 2016 ART PLUS in-service day opportunities at the Museum, please go to or email Constance at

For further information on any classes or programs or to register, visit or call 410-822-2787.


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