Current Exhibitions
The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits

from Syracuse University Art Galleries
March 1, 2015 - June 14, 2015

An artist’s portrait, like all good portraits, offers the viewer more than physical features. One sees the characteristics of the sitter that make that person a unique individual. All artists are involved with, or have a heightened interest in, creative pursuits which makes them interesting candidates for portrait subjects.

On the other hand, a self-portrait is an artist’s opportunity to make a statement. Traditional portraiture, especially commissioned ones, often came with expectations that the image be a favorable likeness of the sitter. Self-portraiture removed those restrictions enabling artists to be more experimental. This exhibition brings together fifty works in a variety of media that examine self-portraits and portraits of other artists. Included in the show are works by Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Leonard Baskin, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell, and Anders Zorn. Sitters include James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Charlie Chaplin, C.S. Lewis, and Pablo Casals.

Chuck Close
Chuck Close, Alex 1992
SUART Galleries
From House Pets to Endangered Species: Prints and Drawings by Beth Van Hoesen

March 1, 2015 - June 18, 2015

This exhibition features Beth Van Hoesen’s creatures which include household pets, zoo animals, worms and salamanders. Beth stated “I started with pet rodents, farm animals, dogs and cats. Then came a few birds, then wild animals. I keep meeting new ones I like….” The works were selected from drawings, lithographs and etchings donated to the Arkell Museum from the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Trust.

Beth Van Hoesen "Maharani", 1981,Aquatint, etching
Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People

Permanent Exhibition

Bartlett Arkell’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings and the use of his collection to market Beech-Nut products is the focus of this exhibition. The exhibition is on display in Arkell’s original gallery and in new exhibition spaces.

Bartlett Arkell, founder of the Canajoharie Library Art Gallery and the first President of Beech-Nut Packing Company, encouraged his marketing staff to use his collection in their print ads. The result of this borrowing of images from oil paintings created by artists such as Edward Gay and J.G. Brown, was a series of ad campaigns that brought “art to the masses” and linked the virtues found in the paintings with Beech-Nut gum and food products. Museum visitors have the opportunity to use images from the collection to create their own Beech-Nut advertisement to take home or mail as a postcard.

Exhibitions are funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the Windover Foundation and Fenimore Asset Management

The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

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