JCMA Previous Exhibitions


September 26 - November 8

American Woodblock Prints

During the 19th century, woodcuts and wood engravings served as the primary media for reproductions in newspapers, magazines, and printed texts. However, in the twentieth century, until the German Expressionists revitalized interest in the technique, many artists/printmakers had preferred to make etchings. Inspired by European avant-garde images, Japanese woodcut designs, and modern re-interpretations of traditional uses for these media, American artists began to make woodcuts and wood engravings in increasing numbers. This exhibition, on loan from the Syracuse University Art Collection, displays the work of more than forty artists who made woodblock relief prints an important aspect of their artistic output. Divided into thematic groups, the exhibition allows the viewer to see how different American artists used the media to create landscapes, urban scenes, figurative images, and expressionist images.

Jim Dine, Fourteen Color Woodcut Bathrobe, 1982, color woodcut, 65 ¾ x 35 ½ ”. Syracuse University Art Collection
November 21 - February 28

Alison Denyer: Organic Forms

Contemporary artist, Alison Denyer depicts beauty through the simplicity of organic forms using etching, collage, and graphite. This exhibition features the artist’s latest body of work which investigates the root and stalk structures of plants, showing their complexity and intricacy. Her intention is to show how complex root structures invade a given space for survival. In her work, says Ms. Denyer, “these suspended structures meander their way through space, or simply float. The view presented is that of being underwater or beneath undergrowth as these plants block out much of the light.” Alison Denyer is Professor of Drawing and Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Alison Denyer, Gourd Study #4, 2001, graphite, 22 x 30”.
March 19 - April 10

Student Exhibition

This annual event brings together works by students in the Fine Arts program at Juniata College working under the direction of Alexander McBride, Jack Troy, and visiting artists.
Installation of previous Student Exhibition depicting the variety of media in which students work. Juniata College Museum of Art.
April 23 - September 11

Of Ports and Pastures: Whistler and Hiroshige

Maritime scenes have long been popular among artists and collectors. This was particularly true during the nineteenth century, when trans-oceanic shipping and travel reached unprecedented levels of activity. This exhibition will examine the port in London as represented by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and in Edo (Tokyo) as shown by Ando Hiroshige. While Whistler relies on the subtle tonal effects of etching to create delicate, intimate images, Hiroshige emphasizes compositional design through large planes of color and sharp diagonal lines. Hiroshige’s prints were well known to Whistler, who was deeply influenced by Japanese art and aesthetics. Additional landscapes by Whistler and Hiroshige as well as portraits by Whistler will complement these selections, all of which are from the Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection at the Juniata College Museum of Art. David Gliem, assistant professor of art history, will serve as curator for this show.

Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige, Teppozu, Fox Bridge, Minato Shrine, 77 of 100 Famous Views of Edo, 1856-8, woodblock print, 13 3/8 x 8 7/8”, Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection, Juniata College Museum of Art.