Two Hundred Years of American Art on Nantucket: Pairings from the NHA and Private Collections

Curated by Anne Classen Knutson, Ph.D. 

Two Hundred Years of American Art on Nantucket will open in the new Williams Forsyth Gallery on June 15th. The exhibition of approximately thirty pieces will be a survey of paintings and mixed media works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Works will be selected from the permanent collection of the NHA and paired with pieces from public and private collections on the island. Some of these paintings have not been seen by the public in decades. The Board wishes to thank Steve Langer, Ben Simons, Bobby Fraizer and John Sylvia for their assistance in reviewing the artwork selected for exhibition.

Organized chronologically and thematically, the exhibition will feature first-rate American art and will reveal new stories about many beloved artists, including Wendell Macy, George Inness, Dennis Miller Bunker, Eastman Johnson, and Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin, who are among those highlighted for the nineteenth century. Twentieth-century artists will include Anne Rams-dell Congdon, Emily Hoffmeier, Richard Hayley Lever, Elizabeth Saltonstall, and Philip Hicken.

Anne Classen Knutson is an independent curator and has been a summer resident of Nantucket for thirty years. An American art scholar, Knutson curated a major traveling show in 2017 titled World War I and American Art. Other exhibitions curated by her include Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic and Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People.

Lead Image: Back of Nichol’s Barn, Sconset, 1883, George Inness (1825-94), Oil on Board; 18 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.  Gift of The Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association with additonal support from The Max and Heidi Berry Acquisition Fund and the NHA acquistion fund, 2011.6.1. 

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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