Academy Art Museum Spring Event Features Art of James Turrell

Turrell at Roden Crater (800x651) (400 x 325)This year’s Academy Art Museum spring event and fundraiser, Light the Academy: Celebrating Exhibition Highlights Past and Present, will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Easton, MD. The centerpiece of this year’s event will be an exhibition at the Museum by Oxford resident, James Turrell, an internationally-acclaimed light and space artist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. Over more than four decades he has pursued his fascination with the phenomena of light to create striking works that play with the perception and the effect of light within a created space.

The Light the Academy event begins at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, with award-winning tenor and cabaret entertainer Dennis McNeil. McNeil is a highly sought after performer in the corporate and concert world worldwide. He is well known for his versatility as a performer, whether on the Broadway stage, the Opera stage, in front of a symphony as a soloist, singing Irish Folk Music, or performing for United States Presidents and other Heads of State. In 2011 and 2012, he was voted as the best Male Cabaret Artist.

Following the concert at the Avalon, guests will enjoy cocktails at the Waterfowl Building, where banners will highlight previous Museum exhibitions and events and Artful Adventures will be on display for purchase. The Museum’s Artful Adventures are rare opportunities to experience artful living in the region. The spotlight then shifts to the Academy for an exceptional dining experience.

The exhibition, James Turrell Perspectives, will provide a context for understanding Turrell’s work. The exhibition consists of three parts, an introductory overview, a gallery of holograms, and a site specific Aperture Space. Together these three parts will focus on Turrell’s fascination with both the mechanics of visual perception and the metaphysics of light. Turrell is exhibiting at the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Academy Art Museum.

PNC Wealth Management join Maxine and Bill Millar as Signature Sponsors of the Museum’s Annual Spring Event. The Corporate Patrons are Guilford & Company in St. Michaels and Avon Dixon. Corporate Donors are Shore Health System and Winchester Construction Company.

The event supports the Academy Art Museum’s mission to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs for dance, painting, music and more. The Museum’s ArtReach and Art to Go programs reach underserved populations on the Mid-Shore.

For further information about the Academy Art Museum’s Spring Event, contact Beth Jones, Director of Development and Membership, at 410-822-2787 or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Photo #2: Pictured is artist James Turrell, whose exhibition, James Turrell Perspectives, will be the centerpiece of this year’s Academy Art Museum spring event and fundraiser, “Light the Academy: Celebrating Exhibition Highlights Past and Present.”

Photo #3: Pictured is award-winning tenor and cabaret entertainer Dennis McNeil, who will perform at the Academy Art Museum’s spring event and fundraiser, Light the Academy: Celebrating Exhibition Highlights Past and Present, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Easton, MD.

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