Academy Art Museum Unveils Its Beautiful, New Look

Following extensive enhancements inside and out, Easton’s Academy Art Museum celebrates its Grand Reopening and reveals its upcoming spring exhibitions

Located in Easton, the Academy Art Museum is a cultural arts center, serving the community through exhibitions and a broad spectrum of arts programs as well as housing an impressive art collection. The museum occupies one of Easton’s historic landmarks: the original chartered “School House,” which was constructed in 1820. Later additions have connected the adjacent Thomas-Hardcastle house with new program space and the creation of an outdoor courtyard.

Designed by Ziger | Snead Architects of Baltimore, the new project re-orients visitors through the construction of a delicate glass entry pavilion designed to be sympathetic and deferential to its historic context. The courtyard paving and landscape elements have been renovated to create a new outdoor space that serves as a welcoming entry and as a location for events. Interior alterations of the main atrium now greet visitors with a new sense of arrival and serve as a hub for activity in the museum.

Renderings courtesy Ziger|Snead Architects

Come See For Yourself
The Academy Art Museum’s new paved and landscaped courtyard is an ideal setting for community gatherings and events. Be a part of the Grand Re-opening Community Celebration
on April 25 from 1-4 p.m.

Tom Baril “Midway Diner, Staten Island” 1981 silver gelatin print

Photography From The Permanent Collection: Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

April 24-July 8, 2020

This exhibition showcases a range of exciting new additions to the Museum’s Permanent Collection. These include photographs from Ansel Adams’ Yosemite Special Edition Prints series, launched in 1958, gifts of Geoffrey B. Biddle. There were at first some 18 images that Adams included as “Special Edition Prints” of Yosemite. He only signed (in pencil) the earliest editions. Other recent additions include works by Tom Baril, Louis Faurer, Aaron Siskind and others, and further selections from the Museum’s fine and growing collection of photography.

Ansel Adams “Upper Yosemite Falls — Spring” c. 1946 silver gelatin print

Antonio McAfee: Legacy

April 24-July 8, 2020

Antonio McAfee (born 1983, Stuttgart, Germany) is a visual artist based in Baltimore. McAfee was awarded the Maryland State Individual Artist Award, a Civil Society Institute Fellowship, a Fulbright IIE Grant to Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Dedalus MFA Painting and Sculpture Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Walters Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore. He was the first-prize winner in the Academy Art Museum’s New Photography Inaugural National Juried Exhibition in 2018.

McAfee is currently a Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery and a professor at American University, George Washington University and Maryland Institute College of Art. This is his first American solo museum exhibition.

New Photography II

April 24-July 8, 2020

New Photography II is a biennial juried competition for photographic artists at all stages of their career. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. The museum is proud to continue to showcase new and exciting work by both emerging and established artists.

Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator
Dept. of Photographs, National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.

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