Academy Art Museum December 2012 Events

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design
Through February 10, 2013
Curator-Led Tours: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12 noon and Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12 noon
A new exhibition The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design,” was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art. The exhibition presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view—the chair as art. The exhibition is sponsored by Wye Financial & Trust, the Talbot County Arts Council and the MD State Arts Council.

In photo: Designed and Manufactured by Kenneth Smythe (b. 1937), Oakland, CA
Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 Chair, 2003. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.







Animal Prints by Helen Siegl from the Permanent Collection
Through February 10, 2013
Helen Siegl (Vienna, 1924 – Philadelphia, 2009) studied architecture and design at the Academie für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria. In 1952, she moved to Montreal, Canada, married American conservator Theodor Siegl, and moved to Philadelphia. Siegl’s unusual printmaking technique— often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks she designed when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II— helped garner her reputation as a widely respected printmaker. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations. Her book illustrations include “The Dancing Palm Tree,” which was chosen one of The Year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books by The New York Times (1990), “Aesop’s Fables,” and “Birds and Beasts” (World Publishing). She was a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Print Club, and her work is included in various collections nationwide, among them the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Academy Art Museum is fortunate to have 49 original prints by Helen Siegl in the Permanent Collection.

In photo: Helen K. Siegl, The Fox and the Crow, woodcut, illustration from Aesop’s Fables, retold by Anne Terry White AAM 2012.012.35

Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series
Bert Kummerow
December 13, 2012, 6 p.m.
Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
Sponsored by PNC Wealth Management
Much of the action in the War of 1812 occurred in the Chesapeake region. Burt Kummerow recounts these events and explores the tidewater world of two centuries past. The presentation coincides with the recent release of his book, “In Full Glory Reflected, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.”








Music & Tea: Afternoon Tea Hits a High Note
Featuring Vocalist Jeffery Grayson Gates
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 1 p.m.
Cost: $48 Museum Members, $83 Non-members
The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present this series that will feature a full afternoon tea by Oxford Greens and an afternoon of sacred and secular songs of the season. It will be a great way to begin the Holiday Season. Reservations required.

In photo: Jeffrey Grayson Gates will present sacred and secular songs of the season at the Academy Art Museum’s Music & Tea on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Adult Classes
Create a Treasured Piece of Art from an Old Photograph
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Work in your choice of medium to creat something timeless. The workshop will provide a treasured work of art that will also make a very special gift.

Individual Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer (410-820-0462)
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.

Voice Lessons
Ages 10 through adult
Instructor: Suzanne Chadwick (410-963-0893)
Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.

Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell (410-482-6169)
Tuesdays and Thursdays – December – February
Classes offered in Waltz, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, Tango, Salsa, Foxtrot, Samba, Hustle, and Country 2-Step.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Classes in pre-ballet, pre-tap, classical ballet, tap and jazz are offered at the Academy Art Museum. Call 410-224-5644 for further information.

Admission to the Museum is $3 for non–members, children under 12 admitted free. The Museum is open Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The First Friday of each month, the Museum is open until 7 p.m. The Museum is located at 106 South St., Easton, MD, 21601. For further information, call 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit: