Poetic Paintings

Annual Invitational Exhibition
February 6 - 28, 2016

This year's Invitational includes new works from more than fifty contemporary artists from Lancaster and the surrounding region. The theme this year is inspired by the quote "Painting is a silent poem and poetry is a speaking picture." Artists were challenged to find a favorite poem and create a work of art inspired by it, much like Charles Demuth did for his work The Figure 5 in Gold, 1928, which was inspired by the William Carlos Williams poem.

Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibitions

March 5 - April 3, 2016

Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists, will be on view at the Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art. These competitions, open to junior and senior high school students, celebrate the wealth of artistic talent found in the students of Lancaster County.

Scholastics is the first level of a national art competition. Exceptional works of art are submitted by hundreds of students to be judged first at the regional level here in Lancaster, with winning works moving on to the national competition. Works winning Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mention will be on display in this exhibition.

Lancaster County Young Artists is a regional competition, open to any student attending school in a participating district or homeschooled. Hundreds of works were entered into this juried competition; works winning Gold, Silver and Exhibition awards in a dozen categories will be on display.

Sunnyside: Off the Wall

April 23 - June 26, 2016

The original Sunnyside Mural will be installed at the Demuth Museum in its entirety after recent conservation. This mural was created in 1930 by a group of artist friends including Charles Demuth and tells a story of a young couple traveling through Lancaster County with clever uses of double entendre and whimsy. This exhibition explores relationships between the written word and visual art, as well as an explanatory section on the conservation of this special addition to the museum's collection.

The donation, removal, conservation and exhibition are sponsored by: Warren and Sandra Posey and other Sunnyside Farm owners, the Steinman Foundation and an anonymous local sponsor.

Echo Valley Print Show

July 2 - August 21, 2016

This exhibit features new print editions created by 22 of the Echo Valley Art Group members that are inspired by some aspect of Paris, its artists or artistic movements. This exhibit's theme stems from the journeys Charles Demuth made to Paris, which in the early twentieth century was a thriving center of artistic activity and provided excellent conditions for the exchange of creative ideas.

Fifty Years Straddling the Velvet Rope: The Photography of Gary Lee Boas

September 17 - November 27, 2016

From his first experiences of meeting Miss Universe of 1966 to meeting Ronald Reagan, Gary Lee Boas realized his encounters with "famous" people fed his soul. Rather than just gathering a collection of signatures, Boas soon realized he wanted an image to remember his encounter and started taking pictures with his brownie camera. After finishing high school, Boas pursued his dream to dance on Broadway and this Lancaster native took off for the Big City and studied with Ann Reinking, Bob Fosse's partner. Boas also partook of the nightlife of New York, working at Studio 54 and eventually dancing on Broadway. It was during this time he got to know so many of the "stars" and therefore his photographs of people such as Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Julie Christie and others take on a much more personal tone. For the past fifty years Boas' love of theater has driven him to continue to capture his friends and "stars" of the day in his uniquely personal photographs.

15th Art in a Box Exhibition

December 4 - 30, 2016

This annual exhibit features student artworks from schools participating in the Demuth's free education program called Art in a Box, which teaches these aspiring artists about Demuth's pioneering artwork and life in Lancaster.

One hundred area students will display their Demuth-inspired artworks in the Art in a Box exhibition, including elementary through high school participants. Schools contributing to this year's exhibition include: Buchanan Elementary School, Donegal Primary School, Donegal Intermediate School, East York Elementary School, La Academia Partnership Charter School, Lancaster Country Day School, Landis Run Intermediate School and Manheim Township Middle School.

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