A new opportunity to learn more about art in the collection is now available through our Art Talks for Kids and Teens, found on the Museum's YouTube Channel. Art Talks for Kids and Teens feature a team of Michener Art Museum docents discussing works of art in the Museum's collection.
Syd Carpenter was inspired by the ingenious and beautiful African American farms meticulously mapped by architect Richard Westmacott in the late 1980s. It was these maps that influenced her sculptural forms, such as Ella Mae Edwards, and helped her understand the cultural relationships between building, growing, and earth.
Diane Burko is a photographer and painter concerned with representing the ever changing majesty, vastness, and epic character of the natural world. She is is deeply concerned about our fragile natural environment and the ways in which we contribute to its destruction.
Jack Thompson is a surrealist sculptor who has traveled the world in search of ideas for his work. As a student of modern psychology, Thompson is deeply interested in mythology and symbols of the cycle of life.
New Hope modernist artist Lloyd Raymond “Bill” Ney created this large four-panel painting in 1940 as a study for his mural proposed for the United States Post Office in New London, Ohio. When Ney submitted his preliminary sketch to the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture in December 1939, he envisioned an abstract mural that would be a combined picture of the town's history, depicting many ideas of scenes in one setting.
Exploring abstract art can be a lot of fun! Abstract art is a type of artwork that doesn’t look realistic. You might be able to find objects that you can recognize in an abstract work of art, but not all the time. Everyone sees something different when looking at abstract art, and that’s part of what makes looking at artwork exciting!
Connecting art and science can be a lot of fun! Artists and scientists share many of the same skills in how they approach their work - whether it is by creating an artwork (like a painting, drawing or sculpture) or doing scientific research - they both use the techniques of observation and experimentation.