Valentines for Charles Demuth

Annual Demuth Invitational Exhibition
February 4 - 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5-8 p.m.

This annual exhibition invites Lancaster area artists to create a work of art based on a Charles Demuth inspired theme. This year's Invitational challenges participating artists to create a unique Valentine for Charles, using his 1896 Valentine as inspiration. The original Valentine remains in the Demuth Museum archives.

Participating artists include: Michael Abel, Blakelyn Albright, Ann DeLaurentis, Paula Egolf, Paul Engleheart, Dorothy Frey, Milt Friedly, Carol Galligan, Jeff Geib, Susan J. Gottlieb, Gail Gray, John Herr, Jon L. Johnson, Richard K. Kent, Evan Kitson, Karen Labiak, Matthew Lawrence, Paris Wyatt Llanso, Carol Morgan, Richard Ressel, Peg Richards, Kimberly Bulcken Root, Barry Root, Kerry Sacco, Lou Schellenberg, Mimi Shapiro, Jean Sharf, Ellen Slupe, Janette Toth-Musser, Teri Traner, Linda Weidman and Dick Whitson.

Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists

March 4 - April 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017, 5-8pm
Opening Receptions will be held at both museum locations, but all Awards will be handed out at the Lancaster Museum of Art

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. over 500 works were entered into this juried competition; over 300 works winning Gold, Silver and Exhibition awards in a dozen categories will be on display.

Bag It! The Art of the Shopping Bag

April 29 - June 25, 2017
Opening Reception: April 28, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

Opening April 29th, the museum will feature an exhibition of shopping bags from around the world. Looking at the graphic nature of shopping bags, the exhibit will give insight into their rise as a utilitarian item that evolved into a status symbol for shoppers and merchants. The evolution of bags continued as merchants saw the value in their creating a brand and eventually commissioned artists to design them. One signature group was Bloomingdale's artist designed bags, which are still being created today. This exhibit is drawn from the collection of Jean Gromoll and will cover local stores such as Hager's Department Store to the classic Tiffany blue bag.

The exhibit, on view from April 29 to June 25, 2017, will feature shopping bags of various formats and for such companies as Steiff, Bloomingdales, Hager's, Watt & Shand and Bonwit Teller, among others. An opening reception will be held at the Lancaster Museum of Art on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

This exhibit is sponsored by Donald Burkholder.

Lancaster Museum of Art
135 N. Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 12-4

Admission by donation.

Returning Home: Additions to the Demuth Museum Collection

April 29 - July 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-8pm
Demuth Museum

Featuring three new additions to the permanent Demuth collection, this exhibit will explore not only the museum's permanent collection, but also other Demuth works that have returned to Lancaster County. Borrowing form local private collections will enhance our understanding of Demuth's watercolor works and give the public an opportunity to see works that have not been in Lancaster for decades.

55th Annual Community Art Exhibition

July 1 - September 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 5 - 8 p.m.
Lancaster Museum of Art

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the vast amount of artistic talent found throughout Lancaster County. Artworks by over 100 artists will be on view, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, metals, carved wood and mixed media. Awards include First, Second and Third Place as well as Honorable Mention and the People's Choice Award, voted for by visitors to the exhibit.

Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic

July 15 - November 26, 2017
The Demuth Museum

This exhibition features work by artist, theater designer, interior designer, and longtime friend of Charles Demuth, Robert E. Locher. Locher was well known for his illustrations in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and House and Garden, as well as interior design. He was considered one of the leading modern designers of the 20th century. Prolific during his time and well respected by his contemporaries, some of Locher's clients included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Juliana Force. Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic exhibit features furniture, housewares, costume designs, and other work by this all but forgotten artist.

Accompanying this exhibition is a major catalogue, Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic by Anne M. Lampe with author Charlie Schroeder published by the Demuth Museum.

Warren Rohrer: Painter of the Fields

October 7 - November 12, 2017
Lancaster Museum of Art

This exhibit, the first major overview of Warren Rohrer's work held in Lancaster County will examine the various stages of his career; including works from his early days of drawing to his fully realized abstract artistic language based on the fields of Lancaster County where he lived. Rohrer, who was one of the premier twentieth century abstract painters working in Philadelphia, went on to teach painting at the University of the Arts, and had his first major museum exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This overview of his life and work will be from a uniquely Lancaster perspective and explore the deeply inherent connection of his love of the land in the county and how he developed that into his own abstract language that he used for the balance of his career.

This exhibit is accompanied by a catalog, Warren Rohrer: Painter of the Fields by Anne M. Lampe.

Coinciding with the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts on October 26, At 11:00 am please join Anne M. Lampe, Executive Director and Chief Curator for a guided tour of the Rohrer exhibit.

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