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Elizabeth Howland
Alice Shire

Veronique Bale
Sarah Brown
Kate Corkum
Andrea Green
Harriet Ingerslev

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Philip Tifft

Coming Soon

Betty Parsons

September 23 - October 28
Afternoon Reception: Saturday, October 1, 3:00-5:00pm, followed by a presentation by Rachel Vorsanger
Speaker Presentation: Saturday, October 1 at 5:00pm

This exhibit is sponsored by a generous grant from the Betty Parsons and William P. Rayner Foundation, with additional support including works on loan from Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibit: Betty Parsons. Betty Parsons (b.1900, New York, NY – d.1982, Southold, NY) was an abstract painter and sculptor who is well known as a dealer of mid-century art. Parsons had a storied career as a gallerist in New York City and maintained a rigorous artistic practice by creating works in a variety of media including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Parsons’ eye for innovative talent stemmed from her own artistic training, and her commitment to championing new and emerging artists of her time impacted the canon of twentieth-century art in the United States. (www.bettyparsons.org)

Lee Hall – painter, writer, educator and 13th president of Rhode Island School of Design – referred to Betty Parsons as a maverick, a pioneer, and the “den mother of Abstract Expressionism” in her book Betty Parsons: Artist, Dealer, Collector. Parsons’ contemporaries included Rothko, de Kooning, Reinhardt, and Motherwell, all of whom showed at the Betty Parsons Gallery. Parsons’ own artistic style changed over her many years of work, from small landscapes and portraits to bold, large abstract paintings and sculptural constructions made from wood and other found materials. During her career Parsons exhibited in numerous galleries in London, New York, and across the United States. Her work is held in several collections: the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, the High Museum in Atlanta, and many private collections.

Betty Parsons at the MAC runs September 23 through October 28, with a reception scheduled on Saturday, October 1 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Marion Art Center, with a speaker presentation scheduled at 5:00pm that evening. Rachel Vorsanger, Collection and Research Manager at the Betty Parsons and William P. Rayner Foundation, will give a presentation on the exhibit.

Virtual Student Exhibits

Young Artist Program

The Marion Art Center is pleased to offer a Young Artist Program, a new collaboration between the Marion Art Center and local high schools. Our YA Program features an online exhibit, rotating student artwork on display at the MAC, student art shows, small group student tours, a mentor program to pair professional artists with young artists, free time in the MAC studio for student members, and an emerging artist lab.

Click Here to View the Young Artists @ the MAC page.

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