Featured Anne Ramsdell Congdon Exhibition Opens at the Whaling Museum on June 18

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) presents Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket Renaissance, a new featured exhibition opening in the Whaling Museum’s McCausland Gallery this Friday, June 18.

This exhibition will showcase artwork by island artist Anne Ramsdell Congdon, displaying pieces from the NHA collection as well as private collections. The exhibit will also include many quotations from the artist, derived from Congdon’s diaries, which were digitized and transcribed in 2019, when the Congdon family loaned the items to the NHA, giving her paintings a new biographical and interpretive depth. This will be paired with a new interactive screen in the gallery to provide visitors and scholars with ready access to Congdon’s sketchbook images.

In 1925, when Congdon was 52 and her two boys were grown, she re-dedicated herself to art and launched a remarkably successful thirty-year career in painting—becoming the best known and most talented member of the Island’s Art Colony.

The exhibit is curated by guest curator Anne Classen Knutson, Ph.D, with assistance from Steve Langer and research by Claire Jensen.

This featured exhibition is presented by William Raveis Real Estate with generous support from Ritchie, Westray & Katie Battle.


Banner image: Straight Wharf, ca 1930, 8 x 9½, oil on board. NHA Collection 1982.111.2.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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