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Opening Reception & Program

Thursday, February 21

Hughie Lee-Smith: Meditations
5:30 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Talk by Michael D. Hall on Hughie Lee-Smith
Join us for refreshments; then learn about the life and work of Hughie Lee-Smith. Michael Hall’s illustrated talk will cover the development of Lee-Smith’s art with a particular emphasis on the way the artist’s early years in Cleveland and Detroit shaped his creative vision. Hall will also offer some thoughts on the highly personal symbols that can be found in so many of the works that Lee-Smith produced over his long and distinguished career.
    Michael D. Hall is a sculptor, educator, curator, collector, and writer. He was Sculptor in Residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan from 1970 until 1990 and currently serves as Adjunct Curator of Folk Art at the Columbus Museum of Art. Hall is well known as an authority on American folk art and on American Scene painting. A collection of his critical writings was published as Stereoscopic Perspective: Reflections on American Fine and Folk Art in 1988. In 1997, Hall served as a co-curator for a major exhibition of watercolors by Charles Burchfield and co-authored the book The Paintings of Charles Burchfield: North by Midwest that accompanied that exhibition on its national tour. Hall’s extensive biography on the Ohio regionalist painter Emerson Brukhart was published in 2010. Most recently, Hall served as co-curator for the exhibition Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880–2010 presented at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Canada.


Free and open to the public.


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