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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON-January 2, 2015)

Academy Art Museum Opens Three New Exhibitions for First Weekend

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, will open three new exhibitions on Jan. 10. “Africa Now! Sub-Saharan Artwork from the World Bank,” “The Art of Greg Mort: Selections from the Hickman Bequest III,” and “Ellen Hill: Life Lines” will join the Museum’s current exhibition, “Bill Viola: The Dreamers.”

The World Bank’s Art Program’s stated mission supports the World Bank’s mission – the eradication of poverty across the globe. The Art Program plays a role by giving visibility and voice to emerging artists in client countries – promoting their work through international exposure such as exhibitions, acquisitions, catalogues, brochures, and art workshops. “Africa Now!” pays a special tribute to these creators, presenting a selection of works collected by, donated, or loaned to the Art Program and crowns years of research and exhibitions conducted by the Art Program in partnership with the Vice Presidency for Africa, colleagues in the field, and many dedicated external associates. A selection of this important collection will be on view at the Museum from Jan. 10 – April 5, 2015 with curator tours on Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 noon and Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon.

Internationally acclaimed, Greg Mort is a self-taught artist who hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints, and canvases. Drawing and painting since childhood, Mort’s professional art career star began to rise at an early age with his first museum show at eighteen. Recognized today as one of America’s leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world. The Academy Art Museum is the largest public repository of the artist’s work due to a bequest by David Hickman who left over 30 paintings by Greg Mort to the Museum. “The Art of Greg Mort: Selections from the Hickman Bequest III” is the third part of selections from the Hickman gift and will be on display through April 12 with an artist tour on Friday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.

The Museum presents “Ellen Hill: Life Lines,” a solo exhibition by Rockville, Maryland artist Ellen Hill. Hill creates mixed media work by assembling panels and fragments of carved, painted, and inked wood to produce richly textured artworks that reflect her strong respect and love for nature. The changing quality of light that comes with the turning of the seasons and natural processes of tidal pull, spring thaw, wind, erosion, aging, growth, and renewal are all inspirations for Hill’s work. The repetition in Hill’s work is in itself an expressive act for her, expressive of feelings she has about the constancy of natural cycles, and the joy and comfort that she finds in them. Works in this exhibition are courtesy of Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore and will be on display through March 8.

Bill Viola (b. 1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For over 40 years he has created architectural video installations, video films, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, as well as works for television broadcast, concerts, opera, and sacred spaces. Viola’s video installation – total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound – employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. “Bill Viola: The Dreamers” exhibition continues through March 1 with curator tours on Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 noon and Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon.

These Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.