Greg-Mort-workingPhoto: Greg Mort in his studio in Port Clyde, Maine

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

Katja Oxman: Aquatint Etchings

Through May 4, 2014

Munich-born, Maryland artist Katja Oxman (1942) has been creating richly textured color etchings in her precise signature style for over twenty years. Oxman’s multi-plate aquatint etchings present complex still lifes of richly patterned Oriental rugs upon which rest an overwhelming array of the artist’s treasured objects: opened letters and envelopes; picture postcards from museums; birds, feathers and nests; potted plants, oriental boxes, fruits and vegetables.

The Art of Greg Mort: 

Selections from The Hickman Bequest II
Through May 4, 2014

Greg Mort is an internationally-acclaimed, self-taught artist who hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints and canvases. Recognized today as one of America’s leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Corcoran and the White House. When Washington, DC, lawyer David Hickman died from multiple sclerosis in 2011, he graciously left over 30 paintings by Greg Mort to the Academy Art Museum making it the largest public repository of the artist’s work.

Caption: Greg Mort in his studio in Port Clyde, Maine 

Linn Meyers: Blue Study

Through May 4, 2014

Washington, DC-based artist Linn Meyers creates densely configured compositions that shimmer like the play of light moving across the surface of water. These intricate works of art are created through a process by which the artist lays down consecutive strokes of acrylic ink, creating rhythmic and repetitive patterns. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the country, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; and The Phillips Collection. 

East Meets West: Contemporary Japanese Prints from the UMUC Collection

Through May 4, 2014

Curator-led tour: Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon

Composed of gifts from faculty and friends, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) collection of Japanese prints exemplifies a long-standing relationship between East and West. Over the past 33 years, the prints have made their way to the UMUC Maryland headquarters, largely one by one, with the exception of a very generous presentation of 20 Yoshitoshi Mori pieces by the artist himself, and the remarkable donation of the collection of Emory Trosper, longtime professor at UMUC’s Tokyo campus.  A selection of some 20 prints will be on view at the Academy Art Museum.

Ann Krestensen: Clay as a Canvas

April 5 – May 25, 2014

Ann Krestensen’s hand-built vases, decorated with acrylic paints show a definite southwestern design.  Krestensen taught pottery and wheel throwing at the Academy Art Museum for many years and has recently relocated to Easton. Her work can be found in numerous private collections. She is represented by the US Department of State Art at Embassies program.


In the Studio with Rembrandt and Vermeer

H. Perry Chapman, Professor, University of Delaware

April 24, 2014, 6 p.m.

Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series

$15 Members, $20 Non-members

Rembrandt, Vermeer, and their seventeenth- century Dutch contemporaries were endlessly fascinated by representations of the artist at work. This lecture examines Rembrandt’s Artist in his Studio (Boston) and Vermeer’s Art of Painting (Vienna) for what they show and hide about creating and making art.

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

Illustrated lecture and book signing

Sally Bedell Smith

April 12, 2014, 11 a.m.

Cost:  $75 Members, Non-members $85   (includes lunch)

In her illustrated lecture, author Sally Bedell Smith will bring us inside the palace doors and into the daily routine of Queen Elizabeth II—the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings with prime ministers, her demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships with Prince Philip, her husband of 64 years; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; and her grandchildren and friends.  A book signing will follow the lecture.  Books will be available for purchase.  Reserve early as seating is limited.


National Museum of Women in the Arts

“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts

Judy Chicago: Circa ’75

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (all day)

$75 Members, $95 Non-members  

This trip will provide a guided tour of 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection. The exhibition celebrates pioneering artist Judy Chicago during her 75th-birthday year.  On view will be 13 paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media works. Throughout her career, Chicago has been creating art with the intention of influencing and changing societal norms.


John Eaton, Jazz Piano

April 25, 2014 – Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert beginning at 6 p.m.

Cost: $42 Members, $75 Non-members

From shows at smoky jazz clubs to a command performance in the East Room of the White House, John Eaton has appeared both as a soloist and with such legendary artists as Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Wild Bill Davison.  He is a featured player at the Kool Jazz Festival and a mainstay of the Smithsonian’s Performing Arts Jazz series.

Caption: John Eaton, Jazz Piano


Painting the Animals We Love

Diane DuBois Mullaly

4 weeks: April 3 – April 24, 2014

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$150 Members, $175 Non-members

This class is for any skill level, in any 2-D medium. Working from good reference photos, students will learn a simple step-by-step approach to painting the pets, farm and wild animals they love.

Monthly Art Salon and Critique

First Friday: April 4, 2014, 5 – 7 p.m.

Mentors: Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly

$15 per person payable at the door (includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres)

Students can come with one or two recently completed pieces or works in process, relax in the camaraderie of fellow artists, enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, talk about their work, and join in a group critique led by Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

Steve Dembo

4 weeks: April 4 – 25, 2014

Fridays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$200 Members, $230 Non-members

Learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom, from importing, sorting, adding key words and quick editing your photos in the Library module. No prior knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required, but students should have a good working knowledge of a Mac or PC.

Special Tools and Techniques for Watercolorists

Sandy Alanko

4 weeks: April 8 – 29, 2014

Tuesdays, 1– 3:30 p.m.

$170 Members, $190 Non-members

Students will learn how to use special tools, materials and techniques to enhance their watercolor paintings.  Tools include digital cameras, razor blades, palette knives, sponges, hair dryers, sticks, squirt bottles, spray bottles, oil painters brushes, and tooth brushes. Materials include frisket, wax, tape, straws and salt. Special techniques covered will be pouring, spattering, negative painting, dry brushing, blending and more.

Landscape and Seascape in Pastel

Katie Cassidy

3 weeks, April 9, 16 and 23, 2014

Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$165 Members, $195 Non-members

This class will go right to the heart of the fundamentals of pastel painting – perceiving and recording the values and color; understanding the properties of light; and drawing skills – with a concentration on portraying water. 

Book Art – Art Book

Ebby Malmgren

5 weeks: April 17 – May 22, 2014 (no class May 1)

Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$235 Members, $275 Non-members

This workshop will offer a hands-on opportunity to learn several ways of combining a student’s own images and stories, real or imagined, in books of their own making. The class will consider the three basic kinds of hand building (pamphlet, accordion and coptic stitch) and which is most suited to the student’s book and the story he or she wants to tell.

The Expressive Pot

Instructor: Jack Troy

April 26 & 27, 2014

10am – 4pm each day

$195 Members, $220 Non-members

Class size is limited.

Slide Lecture on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Free and Open to the Public.  Registration required. The 2-day demonstration/discussion presentation includes talks on Japanese teabowls, and another on contemporary and historic pots.  Demonstrations will emphasize the evolution of personal forms — pots with a unique identity.

Collage Discovery Workshop

Heather Crow and Susan Stewart

Saturday and Sunday, April 26 – 27, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$150 Members, $185 Non-members (Supply fee of $10 payable at first class)

Join Susan and Heather to learn both traditional and experimental collage techniques.  Most supplies provided (plus great coffee and snacks).

Painting People in Conversation:

Quick Sketch in Oil Paint

Rita Curtis

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$95 Members, $125 Non-members (includes model fee for two models)

This fun, fast-moving one-day workshop features two clothed models in a variety of natural situations — chatting, playing music, walking around, etc. Frequent pose changes challenge students to concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately.

Saturdays en Plein Air!

Mentor: Diane DuBois Mullaly

Monthly the last Saturday of each month, April – October, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE to Museum Members

These monthly plein air paint-outs are held the last Saturday of the month beginning Saturday April 26, 2014, and continuing through October 25, 2014. Painting locations in the Mid-Shore region include private waterfront estates, working farms, and a few interesting surprises! All mediums and skill levels are welcome!

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop

George Holzer

Time & number of weeks: variable

Cost: per hour fee

Private lessons include digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, and specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.

Open Studios

A Museum membership is required to participation in these studios.

Open Portrait Studio

Mondays, 9:30am – noon

Group meets weekly with a live model. Model fee collected weekly.

Open Studio with Live Model

Mondays, 1-3:30pm

This studio provides the opportunity to study the human figure and its action, volume, structure, anatomy, design and expressive potential.  Model fee collected weekly.

Collage Studio

Second Saturday of each month , 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This studio is for those interested in collage, assemblage or fibers. Artists are invited to come and work on a project they would like to start, or have begun.  There is no designated instructor.


New! ART PLUS Spring Break “Staycation” Camp

Ages 6-10

Instructors: Constance Del Nero and Alanna Berman

Friday, April 18 & Monday, April 21 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $70 for both days, $35 per day

Beat the stay-at-home blahs by bringing your children to the Museum’s new spring break art camp.  Museum staff Constance Del Nero and Alanna Berman will team up to lead hours of fun-filled art projects and other activities for children ages 6-10.   If the weather is nice, we may be able to go outside for part of the time. Please bring a bag lunch from home. Class sizes are limited.  Please sign up early as registration closes on April 10th.  Please email Constance at for more information.

Celebrate Spring Craft Saturday

Saturday, April 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

$5 per child

Come join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts. Children will create one or more seasonal projects to take home, to keep, or to give as gifts. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Scholarships are available.

Summer Camps

The Museum will offer a variety of summer camps and classes for children ages two through high school. Popular camps include graphic design, figure drawing, printmaking and our signature Kaleidoscope camp. Look for our summer camp schedule online March 1, 2014.

Young Explorers Program

The Young Explorers program puts art and museum objects at the center of a child’s day, encouraging exploration and discovery. As a part of Young Explorers children will have ongoing opportunities to interact with professional musicians and artists who perform, teach, or exhibit at the Museum. They will learn about the creative process through active participation with these visiting artists. For additional information, please contact Melanie Young at 410-822-2787.


Voice Lessons (ages 10 through adult)

Suzanne S. Chadwick   

Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program.  Contact the instructor directly at (410) 963-0893 for lesson schedule and cost.

Flute Lessons (ages 8 through adult)

Irene King  

Study the elements of flute performance; repertoire; and management of performance anxiety and audition preparation.  Contact the instructor directly at (443) 834-3010 for lesson schedule and cost.


Amanda Showell 

Tuesday and Thursday night dance classes in bolero, tango, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Latin Variety, Rumba, and Samba.  Contact the instructor at (410) 482-6169 or visit

For further information or to register for these programs, classes and event, visit or call 410-822-2787.