Julius Bloch (1888-1966), Apple Seller, n.d., oil on canvas, James A. Michener Art Museum, Gift of the John P. Horton Estate

Julius Bloch (1888-1966), Apple Seller, n.d., oil on canvas, James A. Michener Art Museum, Gift of the John P. Horton Estate

The ballots are in! The Michener has received a large number of votes in response to the works featured in the Facing Out, Facing In exhibition. Visitors were asked to respond to four artworks in the exhibit using a ballot sheet that included a series of statements. Next week, visitors will be able to see the results of these ballots posted in the exhibition and we will share the details of the results in this blog. In the meantime, the exhibition has changed, and four new artworks are up for the vote. Visitors will be able to vote in this second round through April 3rd. Thank you to all you participated in the first round of voting!

As always, the results of the voting were not cut and dry, and we have found that there have been many unexpected results in the voting process. For example, the painting, Apple Seller, by Julius Bloch,  received votes that were slightly more predictable than others. Considered more “facing out” then “facing in” by the curatorial staff, the bulk of the visitors who voted on this artwork also felt this work was more “facing out”, but not completely. On the Facing Out, Facing In Scale provided at the bottom of the ballot sheet, the bulk of the votes were more heavily weighted on the #2 and #3 areas the scale. This gives some indication that a lot of the visitors felt that there were qualities of this work that perhaps were not entirely “out”.  Naturally, there were many nuances and details that visitors were taking into account when placing their votes. What do you think?

Stay tuned for the details of the voting results next week! Be sure to stop in to see the results in the exhibition and place your votes on the four new works. Thank you for your participation!