Past Exhibitions

2022

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Fountain Elms is closed January 4 through February 2 for special projects.
Fountain Elms is closed from January 4 through February 2 for special projects.
PrattMWP Sophomore Show 2022
Free & Open to the Public  Location 1W Gallery at the Museum of Art Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: Noon to 5 pm Show your support for the graduating sophomores in a showcase of their work at the annual PrattMWP Student Exhibition. The 1W Gallery is located in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310 Genesee St. Utica, NY.
PrattMWP First-Year Exhibition 2022
Free & Open to the Public  Location PrattMWP Gallery in the Museum of Art Opening Reception Friday, April 1 from 4 pm to 6 pm Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm  Sunday: Noon to 5 pm The PrattMWP Gallery is pleased to host the talented PrattMWP First-Year students in a multimedia exhibition. The PrattMWP Gallery is located in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310…
Amy Bruning 2021-22 Artist in Residence Exhibition
Amy Bruning; Headshot, Multimedia Illustration, Animation Free & Open to the Public Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm  Sunday:  1 pm - 5 pm The PrattMWP Gallery is pleased to host the 2021-22 School of Art Artist in Residence, Amy Bruning. Amy Bruning is an artist whose work focuses on themes of Body Positivity and Identity. Her work is silly, playful, and colourful. Her…
Unchained: Allan Rohan Crite, Spirituality and Black Activism
Unchained: Allan Rohan Crite, Spirituality and Black Activism is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative. Organized by Munson-Williams in collaboration with the African American Community Partners, Unchained: Allan Rohan Crite, Spirituality and Black…
Melanie Crean and Shaun Leonardo
  Free & Open to the Public  Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Sunday:  1 - 5 p.m. The PrattMWP Gallery is located in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310 Genesee St. Utica, NY. The PrattMWP Gallery is pleased to host New York City based artists Melanie Crean and Shaun Leonardo in a multimedia exhibition. Melanie Crean is an artist, educator, and filmmaker…

2021

“A Gardener's Christmas” Heralds the Victorian Yuletide Celebration
Free and open to the public. Discover why we decorate our homes with holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe during the annual holiday season. Many centuries-old celebrations are at the root of many 19th-century holiday customs. The name “yuletide” derives from the celebrations that Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe created, called “yule.” Some scholars believe that yule originally…
EXHIBITION: Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper
Exhibition AdmissionFree for Munson-Williams members | $12 general public $10 NARM and reciprocal museum members | $6 full-time students Free for Snap/EBT cardholders  Permanent collection galleries are free and open to the public. Docent Greeters For the remainder of the exhibition, In lieu of scheduled tours, Museum of Art docents will be available in the exhibition galleries to assist…
20: Celebrating Twenty Years of PrattMWP
20: Celebrating Twenty Years of PrattMWP   When Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute joined forces with Pratt Institute back in 1999, it gave students another option for their art college experience. 20-years later, we celebrate all of the program's accomplishments! We welcome 20 PrattMWP alumni from the past 20 years back on campus for an exciting multi-media exhibition. With one artist…
LaToya Ruby Frazier
  $10 Munson-Williams members | $15 general public $5 Full-time students | Free for PrattMWP students ONLINE PRESENTATION, register at mwpai.org or 315-797-0055 LaToya Ruby Frazier - Art is a weapon. Photos can change society—our view of ourselves and our communities. PHOTOGRAPHER | ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO | MACARTHUR GENIUS One of the nation’s most…
PrattMWP Faculty Exhibition
Ken Marchione, Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Drawing & PaintingVague Memory of the Siren’s Song, 2020, Mixed Media on Paper Free & Open to the Public Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Sunday:  Noon - 5 p.m. The PrattMWP Gallery is located in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310 Genesee St. Utica, NY. The PrattMWP Gallery is pleased to host the…
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Local Artists Showcase: Mary Giehl & Marc-Anthony Polizzi
Mary Giehl; My work has taken on themes that I had encountered through my work experience as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I had often cared for children after they had been abused, much of my work focuses around this theme. There are hints of darkness and confinement in my installations along with a mixture and balance of playfulness and seriousness. My work…
Emma Amos: Color Odyssey
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, admission to "Emma Amos: Color Odyssey" is free! *this exhibition is no longer available, this is a past exhibition* Lead Sponsor: Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Insurance Associate Sponsors: Elizabeth R. Lemieux, Ph.D., for education and public programs Alan and Linda Vincent M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of The …
Call & Response: Collecting African American Art
Call & Response pulls the curtain back on how the Museum builds its collection, in this case, acquiring works by Black artists created the past 30 years. In assessing the potential addition of a work of art, Museum staff ask how a new piece will enrich the Museum’s existing holdings. Call & Response, therefore, is primarily a show about making connections between works of  art and the…
PrattMWP Sophomore Exhibition 2021
Free and Open to the Public Show your support for the graduating sophomores in a showcase of their work at the annual PrattMWP Student Exhibition.
Interpreted by Lauren Weber, Artist, Garden Girl Studio, Rome
Art in Bloom 2021
   Art in Bloom 2021 Designers   BEST IN SHOW Jury Award and People’s Choice Denise Goodwin Blooms and Blossoms Florist, OneidaPigeon In Nest with Eggs, Pablo Picasso BEST IN SHOW People’s Choice Tracy Wilkinson Professional Floral Artist at Village Florals, UticaNumber 18, Mark Rothko BEST CREATIVE DESIGN Jury Award and People’s Choice Julie…
More Than a Tweet: Birds, Art, and Culture
The captivating delight of birds is explored in the exhibition, More Than a Tweet: Birds, Art, and Culture, March 12 through August 1. Elusive creatures of wonder and delight, birds have long fascinated artists and designers. More Than a Tweet explores the use of avian motifs and the colorful meanings associated with these mesmerizing creatures interpreted by artists including Georges Braque and…
Terrible Beauty: Richard Friedberg Sculpture
Sponsored by: Listen to Curator of Moder and Contempory Art Mary Murray DIscuss Terrible Beauty on WAMC Radio's The Roundtable Monumental sculptures representing natural disasters create a forceful presence in Terrible Beauty, a showcase for Richard Friedberg’s impressive body of work created during the past decade. Friedberg has been compelled by such horrific events as the BP Deepwater…

2020

Stephen T. Fletcher, 100 Years
Local Artists Featured in Exhibition Art of the Vote
Art of the Vote, an exhibition of 10 works by local artists, showcasing their vision of the Suffragist Movement and passage of the 19th amendment, will be on view in the Museum of Art December 15 through March 28. The exhibition is sponsored by The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, whose mission is to create economic, educational, and personal growth opportunities for women and girls.
Relive the Tradition...Victorian Yuletide
Celebrate the holiday season with the annual Victorian Yuletide exhibition at Fountain Elms, on view from November 27, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Yuletide 2020 commemorates the tradition of Christmas trees, an iconic seasonal symbol that originated in Germany. Legend tells us that Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German religious reformer, was walking home one winter’s night and was awestruck…
Celebrating Suffrage: Women Artists from the Collection
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. —19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, 1920 Celebrating Suffrage marks the 100-year anniversary of Congress’s ratification of women’s suffrage, the right for American women to vote in all government elections. Overnight, this momentous event…
Memoryscape
Memoryscape is an exciting exhibition of new luminous works by Daniel Buckingham, Professor of Sculpture at PrattMWP College of Art and Design. The exhibition consists of two installations, Childhood Adventure, and Hair Amulet, both constructed of paper over welded steel frames and illuminated by electric light. Buckingham describes his objects as “drawings,” and in his artist’s statement, says…

2019

Literary Classic Inspires Victorian Yuletide A Little Women Christmas
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without presents,” grumbles Jo March in the famous opening chapter of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868). Charity, spending time with family, and creating enjoyable memories are at the root of Christmas celebrations in Alcott’s beloved coming-of-age novel about the March sisters. A Little Women Christmas will be the focus of this year’s annual Victorian…
Literary Classic Inspires Victorian Yuletide A Little Women Christmas
Charity, spending time with family, and creating enjoyable memories are at the root of Christmas celebrations in Alcott’s beloved coming-of-age novel about the March sisters. A Little Women Christmas will be the focus of this year’s annual Victorian Yuletide opening Friday, November 29 in the Fountain Elms period rooms. In the early chapters of the book, the reader learns that the girls’ father…
Boughton's Painting Exemplifies Puritan Revival
Visit the Museum and explore Puritan Maiden, the imaginary vision of a 1630s colonist painted by George H. Boughton around 1876. This painting exemplifies why the artist became renowned for originating Puritan Revival genre painting. Here, an upright, young Puritan woman walks to a religious service through a cold, desolate churchyard with a book of prayers in one hand and a fur muff in the other…
Robert Huot Paintings
I started my art career as a painter. I’ve done many things along the way, but I’ve continued to do things that might be called painting and always have thought of myself as a painter. — Robert Huot The Museum of Art proudly presents Robert Huot Paintings, a retrospective look at an artist’s core motivation for 60 years, creating conceptually interesting and skillfully crafted paintings. Robert…
Astonishing Brilliance: Art, Light and the Transformation of American Culture
From out of the darkness came light, and art changed forever.   For the majority of Americans living in the early 1800s, the candle, fireplace, and moon were the only light available at night so their days ended when the sun set, often plunging them into complete darkness. The impact of artificial lighting in the 1800s was more profound than digital technology is today.   Developments in…
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection is a spectacular presentation that features more than 60 objects, spanning more than 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific and celebrated career. The exhibition is an exploration of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and pure aesthetic beauty that also examines the themes of 19th-century women artisans and innovations in industrial technology.…
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
We Thank our Exhibition SponsorsLead sponsorsBaird Private Wealth Management Associate sponsorsMeyda LightingSangertown Square Elizabeth R. Lemieux, Ph.D. (who has generously sponsored related programming) Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection is a spectacular presentation that features more than 60 objects, spanning more than 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific and…
Sophomore Exhibition 2018-2019
Show your support for the graduating sophomores in a showcase of their work at the annual PrattMWP Student Exhibition. Closing Reception will be held during the PrattMWP Commencement Ceremony Wednesday, May 15.
Mysterious, Marvelous, Malevolent: The Art of Elihu Vedder
Since its first public appearance in 1863, Elihu Vedder’s The Questioner of the Sphinx, has been a mystery. It is the first of a group of bizarre and visionary paintings, drawings, and book illustrations that Vedder (1836 – 1923) began to create in New York City at the outset of the American Civil War. Prior to this, he had spent three years abroad, studying in Paris and Florence. There, he…
Your Place at Your Museum | Contemporary Art from the Collection
What makes a location welcoming, intriguing, or forbidding? Visit the Museum of Art’s special exhibition to explore artists’ interpretations of the spaces we inhabit. Recent gifts by photographer Robert von Sternberg are on view for the first time, as well as the 10-lithograph portfolio Earth Projects, 1969, by Robert Morris (1931-2018), which is on loan from the collection of Frank Kolbert and…
Tommy Brown: Upstate
Tommy Brown: Upstate is a retrospective look at a photographer’s decades-long study of his home in Central New York. Brown was born in Norwich, NY, and earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. As a young man, he traveled through Europe and briefly lived in New York City, all the while assembling a portfolio of compelling…

2018

Victorian Yuletide
Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to the Museum of Art’s annual Victorian Yuletide, opening Friday, November 23, in Fountain Elms. This year’s exhibition is a showcase for A New York State Christmas. New York legalized the celebration of Christmas in 1848 and the state led the way in the adoption and promotion of holiday traditions that are still observed today. The bedroom is the…
American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection
The great achievements of North America’s first artists are celebrated in American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection, an exhibition that demonstrates the long-standing excellence of the aesthetic traditions of North America’s native peoples. Spanning the continent from the first millennium to the 20th century, the exhibition of more than 35 exceptional objects showcases…
Rose Marasco
Rose Marasco: Index is a retrospective of a photographer’s inventive reflections on her world. Marasco’s provocative images mine concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to create photographs with a complex relationship to the everyday. Curiosity informs her exciting, sometimes unconventional, approaches to the medium—processes include film, pinhole photography, montage, and artist’s…
Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions
In conjunction with the summer exhibition, Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota, the Museum of Art presents Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions. This exhibition, an examination of 20th-century Japanese woodblock prints, is on view from June 23 through August 26. Laura J. Mueller, Ph.D., a specialist in the field, is a guest curator. In the 20th century, modern artistic…
Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota
Curated by Jacqueline Marx Atkins and organized by the International Chodiev Foundation. Find out more about Itchiku Kubota and the Kubota Collection, click here. For more information about the International Chodiev Foundation, click here. Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota features 48 magnificent handcrafted pictorial kimonos created by internationally recognized artist Itchiku Kubota (…
Global Splendor
Global Splendor highlights traditional and ceremonial dress from some of the many cultures present in Utica. Historically, the city attracted immigrants from Ireland, Wales, Lebanon, Italy, Poland, and, more recently, from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries. Refugees fleeing war-torn countries began resettling here in 1978 and their numbers now exceed 16,000 with the most recent…
Art in Bloom
Art in Bloom will present spectacular, locally produced floral creations inspired by works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. During this extraordinary weekend, view exceptional floral creations in the Museum’s galleries, enjoy special events and programs, and the Art in Bloom pop-up shop. Celebrate spring with this colorful, juried exhibit of floral designs by regional florists and…
PrattMWP Sophomore Exhibition 2018
The PrattMWP Gallery is pleased to host an annual exhibition of juried student work in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of the PrattMWP College of Art & Design Sophomore Class of 2018
Your Land, My Land: Immigrant Artists in the United States
Box of Art Marcel Duchamp (American, born France, 1887-1968) is the grandfather of conceptual art; he was revolutionary in that he subverted ideas about handicraft and originality, believing that ideas rather than virtuoso skill were more important for successful art-making. His methods using chance processes and mechanical production have been influential for generations of artists. This spring…
Mythology in Contemporary Art
The stories of passion, ambition, greed and human suffering in ancient mythologies represent humankind’s attempts to understand the curious and inexplicable—from astronomy and tumultuous weather conditions to man’s inhumanity to man and acts of generosity and kindness. These tales remain as compelling today as when they have first interpreted millennia ago, and Mythology in Contemporary Art…

2017

Jewels of Time
The aesthetic brilliance and exquisite craftsmanship of beautifully ornamented historical timepieces will be showcased in Jewels of Time: Watches from the Proctor Collection, on view December 16 through April 29 in the Museum of Art.  Each watch is a work of art and was worn as a bejeweled symbol of prestige and honor. Jewels of Time explores watches as decorative arts and jewelry. This…
Time in Art
Museum visitors are invited to breeze through the months of winter by contemplating Time in Art, on view December 16 through April 29, 2018. This exhibition features a variety of fine and decorative arts that interpret time and its passing through themes such as hours of the day and seasons of the year; early and late works by a single artist; works inspired by or copied from artistic forebears;…
Victorian Yuletide: Through the Eyes of Immigrants
Celebrate the holiday season with a family visit to Fountain Elms. The dining room, parlor, bedroom, and library period room settings showcase Christmas traditions introduced to Utica by immigrants from the British Isles, Germany, Poland, and Italy. The Victorian Yuletide exhibition, which opens Friday, November 24, highlights different days throughout the Christmastide season—from Christmas Eve…
Geometry in Motion: Leon Polk Smith Works on Paper
In the first-ever museum retrospective of drawings and collages by a pioneer of geometric abstraction, the Museum of Art proudly presents Geometry in Motion: Leon Polk Smith Works on Paper, on view October 7 through December 31. This exhibition examines Smith’s (1906-96) characteristic pieces from the 1940s, as he entered his artistic maturity, through the 1990s, when he was ever-prolific and…
Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35
MWPAI Exhibition Explores How The Empire State Modernized America During the 10 years that took America from glittering heights to the depths of economic devastation, New York State transformed the nation. The exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, on view June 18 through October 9 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, is a pioneering exploration celebrating the…
Cocktail Culture
Raise a glass to the exhibition Cocktail Culture, a celebration of fine and decorative arts relating to fermented, brewed, and distilled beverages. The exhibition showcases rarely seen work from the Museum of Art permanent collection by artists Stuart Davis, Juan Gris, George Luks, Peppino Mangravite, Severin Roesen, Charles Sheeler, and Saul Steinberg, among others. The show is enhanced by…
Sophomore Student Exhibition
Reception May 6, 12 - 1 pm PrattMWP, a division of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY, presents its annual Sophomore Exhibition in the 1 West Gallery in the Museum of Art. The show will highlight the strengths of the PrattMWP program with a selection of work from our Sophomore students. The show will culminate in reception for students and families before Commencement from…
Wedding ensemble worn by Maria Watson Williams Proctor (1853-1935) for the June 11,1890 Wedding of Charles Grayson Martin and Maria Mason Peckham at Westminster Church, Utica, New York Maker Unknown, New York State Silk Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York Gift of Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Photograph by Richard Walker
Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions
In 1865, 14-year-old Rachel Williams noted in her diary, “I went down [the] street with Mary this afternoon, hunting for dress trimmings and never got so tired before, I think. I also got a hoopskirt.” During the nineteenth century, the clothing of children and adolescent girls, like Rachel and Maria Williams who grew up in Fountain Elms, reflected that of adults and of Victorian-era mores. For…
Crazy Quilts: Art in Pieces
The exhibition Crazy Quilts: Art in Pieces has closed due to conservation issues. We apologize for the inconvenience. Exhibition sponsored by The Gilbert & Ildiko Butler Family Foundation, Inc. Crazy Quilts: Art in Pieces features the most extraordinary Victorian-era quilts from the Museum’s collection. Opening March 4 in the Museum of Art galleries in Fountain Elms, the exhibition…
American Quilts: Sewn Stories
Exhibition sponsored byThe Gilbert & Ildiko Butler Family Foundation, Inc. The Museum of Art presents its first major quilt exhibition featuring extraordinary examples of American piecing and quilting from the early 1800s through the present. American Quilts: Sewn Stories traces personal histories and those of a wider nation through the sophisticated patterns, bold colors, and sensitive…
Collage / Reformat / Refocus
Collage in all its forms is truly a modern medium. It was born of the 20th-century’s newly fast-paced life in transit—capturing a fragmented glimpse of the passing world from a speeding train or automobile, or the fading sounds heard through a car window. The word collage is derived from the French, papier collé, or cut paper. In the early 1900s, Pablo Picasso was one of the first European…
European Masterworks From The Permanent Collection
European Modernism masterpieces are on view in the Museum of Art's permanent collection galleries. Included are artworks by Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso, Dali, and many others. In the early 1950s Harris K. Prior, the Museum of Art Director, and Edward Root, Consultant in Art, developed for the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art a small, distinguished collection of paintings and…
19th-century American Painting
Explore America’s great vistas, natural wonders, and intimate settings through 19th-century American paintings. For their inspiration, painters, including Frederic E. Church, Asher B. Durand, David Johnson, and Thomas Hicks hiked extensively through the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire, making numerous sketches; capturing the settings that…

2016

Victorian Yuletide
Bountiful tables of sweets, savories, and bubbly will be overflowing with holiday cheer as delectable Victorian-era Christmas meals are depicted in the exhibition A Taste of the Holidays, this year’s annual Victorian Yuletide installation in the Museum’s period rooms. Following the advice of Mrs. S. T. Rover in The Ladies’ Home Journal (December 1907), a table is set for breakfast in the bedroom…
Rita Lombardi: On Libraries
In conjunction with “Portable Magic,” the Museum hosts an exhibition of photographs by Rita Lombardi, photographer and PrattMWP assistant professor. Lombardi has photographed libraries across the country in a thoughtful exploration of these spaces that are dedicated to making information accessible to all patrons, a mission that symbolizes the best of American values. Artist's statement "In this…
Portable Magic: Reading and Writing in the Visual Arts
“Books are a uniquely portable magic” Stephen King, “On Writing” Reading and writing in all varieties are the featured subjects in this exhibition of fine and decorative arts dating from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Reading is a good diversion for the person who must sit quietly under the artist’s scrutiny, and literature has inspired visual artists in the Western tradition since ancient…
Mythology in Contemporary Art
The stories of passion, ambition, greed, and human suffering in ancient mythologies represent humankind’s attempts to understand the curious and inexplicable—from astronomy and tumultuous weather conditions to man’s inhumanity to man and acts of generosity and kindness. These stories remain as compelling to contemporary artists as when they were first interpreted millennia ago. Included are…
The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs
We thank our exhibition sponsors:Empire State Development Division of Tourism Market NY FundsMohawk Valley Regional Economic Development CouncilNew York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State LegislatureM&T BankNew York Central Mutual Insurance Florence Bourdon Uptown Anesthesia Associates Elizabeth R. Lemieux, Ph.D. has generously…
Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York
The exhibition Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York depicts survivors of war, genocide, and political strife who came to the U.S. and settled in the Utica region after living in refugee camps in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This exhibition of more than 30 photographs celebrates diversity, and confronts stereotypes about resettlement while…
Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917) Prospect House, Blue Mountain Lake Collection of the New York State Museum, H-1972.84.4
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks
Photographer, artist, and environmentalist Seneca Ray Stoddard forever changed America’s vision of the Adirondack wilderness. Stoddard was one of the first to depict the Adirondacks through photographs and shared and promoted his vision to a post-Civil War audience that was beginning to have the means to follow in his adventuresome footsteps. This exhibition, organized by the New York State…
Kelli Samson, Dress Alkyds on Canvas Chris Cirillo’s Community Arts Education Class
School of Art Community Art Education Exhibition
Reception   May 7, 3 - 5 pm The School of Art has had an energetic and successful season in community arts. Many adult students enrolled in art classes at MWPAI will be showcasing their work in the annual student exhibition in the Fountain Elms galleries in the Museum of Art. MWPAI is proud of this ongoing exhibition tradition, our students, instructors, and the work produced in the School’s…
Terry Slade: Dreams and Apparitions
Mantra for the Survival of the Earth Mantra A sacred work, chant, or sound that is repeated during meditation to facilitate spiritual power and transformation of consciousness or the repeated expression or idea that is repeated, often without thinking about it, and closely associated with something. Earth The third planet from the Sun, with an orbital period of 365.26 days, a diameter of 12,…
PrattMWP Sophomore Exhibition 2016
Reception May 7, 12 - 1 pm Come show your support for our graduating sophomores showcasing their work at the annual PrattMWP Student Exhibition.
Elemental: The 64th Exhibition of Central New York Artists
Elemental showcases the work of eight Central New York artists whose expression is of or about the earth, fire, water, and air, forces of nature that forge spirit and matter. Within these guiding parameters, the exhibition includes a diversity of form (from the material to conceptual) and meaning (from celebratory to cautionary). Elemental honors two PrattMWP artist-faculty, Lisa Gregg Wightman…

2015

Melodies and Memories New Victorian Yuletide Exhibition Celebrates Christmas Carols
Festive music and comforting familiar Christmas carols are holiday traditions. This year the Museum of Art’s annual Victorian Yuletide exhibition, opening in the Fountain Elms period rooms on November 27, celebrates 19th-century music and melodies. “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Your branches green delight us.” While the melody for O Tannenbaum is based on traditional folk music, German…
Margot Balboni, Samaritan Woman Approaches, 2013 from the Palazzo Reale, Banco di Napoli Presepe with figures attributed to Genzano, who worked in the workshop of Lorenzo Mosca.
The Italian Presepe: Cultural Landscapes of the Soul
Co-Sponsored by NBT Bank and Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corp The exhibition originated at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., where it was generously supported by: the Dean’s Office; the Committee on Scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross; The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture; and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art…
Anthony Mancini (American, b. 1926) Pink Still Life, (n.d.a.) oil on canvasboard 14 x 18 in. Museum Purchase, 67.28.
A Feast for the Eyes
An Exploration of Still Life Paintings Now on ViewMuseum of Art’s Otto Meyer Galleries Through colorful canvases and exquisite details, A Feast for the Eyes explores more than 150 years of still-life painting. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum of Art’s rich permanent collection, probes the stories and meanings behind these remarkable depictions of everyday objects. Still-life paintings…
Victorian Floral Inspiration
A special summer installation in the Museum of Art period rooms. In the spirit of this summer’s celebration of Impression and the light-filled and colorful landscapes featured in Monet to Matisse, vibrant floral bouquets, delicate summer personal accessories, and small decorative arts are installed in the Fountain Elms period settings. Enjoy a fresh look at the Museum’s period rooms, where floral…
Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-79) Les Beaux jours de la vie, no. 15, 1844 hand-colored lithograph on paper 14 x 10 13/16 in. Gift of Edward W. Root, 53.32
Peasants and Parisians: French 19th-Century Graphic Arts
The Museum of Art proudly showcases notable works on paper, all from the collection, in Peasants and Parisians: French 19th-Century Graphic Arts, on view June 12 through September 13. This exhibition complements Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism by demonstrating the widespread role printmaking played in visual arts circles of the period. Nineteenth-century France was a…
Claude Monet (French, 1840 – 1926) Village Street, ca. 1869-71 Oil on canvas 17 x 25 5/8 inches Framed: 25 ½ x 34 x 2 ¾ inches Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens; Museum purchase from Cornelia Ritchie and Ritchie Trust No. 4 provided through a Gift from the Moss Family Fund, 1996.2.6
Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism
We Thank our Exhibition Sponsors: Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Family Foundation, Inc. Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Insurance M&T Bank Empire State Development Division of Tourism Market NY Funds M. Griffith Investment Services,…
Community Arts Education Exhibition
Museum of Art Free and open to the public Please join us at the Museum of Art for a celebration of the community arts program with works from current students in the adult classes. The exhibition features painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, photography and sculpture. This exhibition continues a long tradition of highlighting the wonderful talent of our students and is a celebratory testament…
Connections a PrattMWP Full-Time Faculty Exhibtion
Free and Open to the Public The exhibition will be located in the 1 North Gallery of the Museum. Stephen Arnison, Daniel Buckingham, Chris Cirillo, Chris Irick, Cindiana Koren, Gregory Lawler, Rita Lombardi, Ken Marchione, Bryan McGrath, Beth Post, Sandra Stephens (a collaboration with Alejandro Dron), Lisa Gregg Wightman The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is pleased to be hosting a…
Robert Knight Shabbat Service, Temple Emmanu-El and Beth-El, Utica, NY, from the series In God's House, 2014
Robert Knight: In God’s House
Artist’s Statement: Religious culture in America is constantly in flux and perhaps never more so than in the last 50 years, during which our society has gone through a dramatic social shift toward greater secularism and simultaneously has experienced the arrival of numerous immigrants of non-European and thus often of non-Christian backgrounds. The religious landscape has shifted dramatically as…
Shared Traditions ESL Class in Museum of Art, summer 2014
Shared Traditions
Shared Traditions is made possible by funding from M&T Bank/Partner's Trust Bank Charitable Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art works. Shared Traditions is an innovative exhibition that takes a fresh look at aspects of the permanent collection by combining fine and decorative arts in thought-provoking groupings that address universal themes of Place, Personal Adornment &…

2010

A Town So Great They Named It Twice | Otto Meyer Galleries, Museum of Art
New York, New York has inspired generations of writers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists. A Town So Great celebrates this maddening and beautiful muse with paintings and works on paper from the Museums collection. Interpretive material includes audioguide commentary and excerpts from literature by authors such as John Dos Passos and Don Delillo. Visitors are invited to add their remarks about…
The Dark Manner | English Mezzotints from the Owen D. Young Collection
The phrase, the dark manner refers to the mezzotint printmaking process developed in Amsterdam in the early 17th century. Prints produced by this process were especially popular in 18th-century England, which is why the process was sometimes referred to also as the English manner. The word mezzotint is derived from Italian; mezzo, meaning half, and Tinta meaning tone. This printmaking process…
62nd Exhibition of CNY Artists | Exhibition Spotlights Regions Talent and Artistic Vibrancy
New works by artists celebrating our vibrant and thriving regional arts community will be showcased in the 62nd Exhibition of Central New York Artists opening with a members preview and reception from 5 to 7 pm Saturday, February 6 in the Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court. With 31 artists from 26 counties presenting a rich body of material, visitors can consider 21st-century perspectives on…

2009

A Little Look at Dada
Dada as art is characterized by absurdity, total freedom of expression, and randomness as creative tools. A Little Look at Dada, opening Saturday, October 3 in the Museum of Art, showcases work from the Museum of Arts collection, with selected loans, to explore these ideas. The earliest works in the show were created by Jean Arp (1888-1966) and Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), original Dadaists who…
James E. Freeman 1808-1884 | An American Painter in Italy
The exhibition, James E. Freeman 18081884: An American Painter in Italy, opens Sunday, September 13 in the Museum of Art. This first-ever retrospective of the fancy pictures and portraiture of an artist who began his career in central New York State and went on to become a leading figure of the American expatriate community in Rome is comprised of 20 artworks spanning his career from 1835 to 1871…
The Fabrics of the Home
In the second half of the nineteenth century, design books and popular periodicals stressed the importance of surface treatment in the conception of a unified domestic interior. The exhibition The Fabrics of the Home, on view April 4 through August 16, 2009 at the Museum of Art, will focus on upholstery and wallpaper treatments from 1850 to 1900 as elements of cohesively conceived interior…
Passages in Art | Organized by Area Students
Sponsored by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. The exhibition was organized by students in the Exploring Museum Careers High School Partnership program and features objects created over three centuries; including an early 19th-century pocket watch that features the ancient Greek mythological figures Orpheus and Eurydice, and an abstract painting by Katherine Dreier whose subject is modern dance pioneer, Ted…
Sculpture: In Pairs and On Paper
Works from the Museum of Art permanent collection are on view the month of March in Sculpture: In Pairs and On Paper, in gallery 1 West. The sculptures are shown in pairs so visitors can examine them individually and in comparison, and the works on paper all made by sculptors are installed to complement the three-dimensional pieces. Surge by John von Bergen has an open pattern of ribs that looks…
Rustic Tomorrow and Rustic Traditions | A Celebration of the Adirondacks
Two exhibitions celebrating the enduring popularity of the Adirondack style will open Saturday, February 14 in the Museum of Art. Rustic Tomorrow is the result of a unique collaboration. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., invited six well-known modern and postmodern architects and designers, and six of the finest Adirondack rustic furniture makers to partner. They were asked to…
American Modernist Watercolors from a Private Collection | An Adventure of the Heart
A rare public display of a private collection of American modernist watercolors, loaned by a couple with family ties to the Utica area, are featured in an exhibition that will be on view from February 7 through March 29 in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art. Each of the 17 pieces in this exhibition is a canonical example of the work of the generation of artists who embraced…

2008

61st Exhibition of Central New York Artists
This 61st edition of the lively and popular exhibition series features works of art in all media by artists living within a 100-mile radius of Utica. The jurors for the exhibition, Thomas Pich, Jr., Director of the Gibson Gallery, SUNY-Potsdam, and artist Marion Wilson. Selected pieces by these artists Joy Adams, Trumansburg _ area, a collective (Sean Hovendick and John Wesley Mannion),…
Home and Away | Exploring Photography in the Fine and Decorative Arts
Exhibition Organized by Area Students Will Explore Photography Home and Away: Exploring Photography in the Fine and Decorative Arts from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, organized by students in the Exploring Museum Careers High School Program, opens to the public Saturday, March 29 in the Museum of Art. The exhibition illustrates a range of photographic processes, beginning with the…
Its About Time: Clocks
During the nineteenth century, clocks were a stylish symbol of a busy and productive household as well as central ornamental features. The elaborately decorated clocks in the Museums collection are a testimony to their importance as status symbols as well as timekeepers. Clocks as timekeepers seem a secondary usage when considering the sophisticated decorations on many mantle garnitures (a set…

2007

Auspicious Vision: Edward Wales Root and American Modernism
Edward Root was one of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's greatest benefactors. Auspicious Vision: Edward Wales Root and American Modernism is a 50th-anniversary tribute to Root and to his 1957 bequest of art to the MWPAI. Few exhibitions in the Museum of Art's history equal the significance of this show. Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Paul D. Schweizer said the Root…
Objects From Two Collections | Featured Function as Muse: Decorative Arts and the Peter Norton Christmas Project
Two collections of objects created more than a century apart are united in the exhibition, Function as Muse, a collaboration between the Decorative Arts and Modern-Contemporary Departments. Function as Muse was developed in response to the generosity of software entrepreneur and contemporary art patron Peter Norton. For nearly 20 years he has commissioned an emerging artist to create an original…
Under The Influence
Exhibition Organized by Area Students Explores Various Influences on Artists The Museum of Art permanent collection considers many various forms of influence, from supernatural intervention to an artist's frenzied reaction to a letter from a parent. The exhibition is organized by students in the Exploring Museum Careers High School Partnership program and features objects that were created over…
Ferdinand Richardt | Drawings of America 1855-1859
Fifty-six magnificently executed drawings by the 19th-century Danish-American landscape artist Ferdinand Richardt (1819-1895)--that have not been publicly exhibited for at least a century--are featured in the landmark exhibition, Ferdinand Richardt: Drawings of America, 1855-1859. Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Paul D. Schweizer and Melinda Young Stuart, an independent scholar and…

2006

Substance and Light | Ten Sculptors use Cameras
The Museum of Art exhibition, Substance and Light: Ten Sculptors Use Cameras, explores photography as a sculptural tool and medium. Works in the show demonstrate that the confluence of two- and three-dimensional media is especially effective in examining issues of memory and time, as they apply to physical and psychological space. Substance and Light are organized in conjunction with the 30th…
Chinese Paintings from the Henricksen Collection
The thirty-two works in this exhibition provide insight about the artistic styles that Chinese painters used during the last three centuries. It was a time when Chinese artists--from the village painter to the scholar-official--bore as both inspiration and burden the full weight of an ancient, conservative tradition that could still bring forth new ideas and artistic styles. Most of the works are…
African Personal Art and Adornment
When one thinks of African art, masks and figural sculptures come immediately to mind. While masks and figures are prominent in European and North American collections of African art, they are seen relatively rarely in African communities, typically in the context of ritual and ceremonial activities. There is a wealth of art in Africa, however, that figures in the daily lives of individual men…