This past fall I donated several drawings and an artist book I made on Roy C. Nuse to the Michener Art Museum for better preservation and accessibility to the public. Here are some photos of the pieces I donated.Read More
The Michener Museum now has two paintings of Roy C. Nuse hanging on its walls: "Peace of Mind" (see 7/19/17 post), a portrait featuring Nuse's neighbor Blevins, is in their special exhibit “Dedicated, Displayed, Discovered – Celebrating the Region’s School Art Collections;” and adjacent to this is a permanent exhibit of Bucks County Landscape featuring RCN's master work, "Age of Speed."
I was able to go to the museum last week to see the paintings hanging on the walls, and was pleased with how they were being displayed. "Peace of Mind" is prominently featured in the exhibit and in press about the show, and "Age of Speed" is in the center of a group of paintings on the main wall.
Adrienne Romano, the Michener's Director of Interpretation & Innovation, told me that they like to show school tour groups "Age of Speed" and ask the students what they think the children are playing with (not ipads!). I told her that my father, Paul Nuse is sitting on the wheelbarrow, his brother Ollie is holding the stick. The other two boys are his cousins Phil and John Maddux and the little girl holding the kitten is my Aunt Dorothy (next down from Ollie). It was painted in 1920 when the two families lived on the same farm in Pipersville, Bucks County.
If you are in the Philadelphia area, I encourage you to visit the Michener Art Museum and see these two wonderful exhibits.
"Peace of Mind" is on exhibit from July 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018 and "Age of Speed" is displayed in their permanent exhibit of Bucks County Landscape.
A new show just opened at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA called “Dedicated, Displayed, Discovered – Celebrating the Region’s School Art Collections” and it features Roy C. Nuse's portrait, “Peace of Mind." The portrait is of Blevins, a farmer and neighbor of RCN’s in Rushland, PA whom he painted several times. This painting was part of a group of paintings that were given (or sold very cheaply) to Bucks County schools by artists living in the area, to use for art history education with the children. The collection was given to the Michener from the school district for better safe keeping.
Here are two articles about this unique exhibition:
"Hidden for years, Philly schools' art hangs in a museum - for now" from the Philadelphia Inquirer
"Schooling Collectors?" from FineArtConnisseur.com
The show runs from July 8 to January 7, 2018