Gladys Nelson Smith, “Frederick County Farmhands,” undated. Oil on Masonite. (Courtesy Morris Museum of Art)
By Jennifer McKee
In 2020, more than 200 new works were added to Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art‘s permanent collections. Many celebrate the legacy of museum co-founder Sissie Morris, founding director Keith Claussen and artist Philip Morsberger.
Highlights of these acquisitions are on display at the museum through June 6. They pay homage to the art and artists of the South and consist of paintings, watercolors, photographs and mixed-media work by Bobbi Adams, Luke Alsbrook, Rolland Golden, Tommy Goodman, Myrtle Jones, Blue Sky, Edgar Hewitt Nye, Edward Rice, Hattie Sausey, Gladys Nelson Smith and Jack Spenser.
In addition, The American Academy of Arts has donated works by Athens, Georgia painter Ridley Howard and Houston, Texas multimedia artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, who are both new to the museum’s collection.
The museum will rotate additional new acquisitions into its permanent collection galleries on an ongoing basis.