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“Endless Pursuit: 150 Watercolors by Mary Reynolds Morton" Oct. 7- Dec. 23, 2022 

220726-Morton-Watercolor-11102-bs1-1_crop-for-website-2.jpgCelebrate 50 years of The Martha Berry Museum by exploring the art of Mary Morton, the woman behind the construction of the museum!

Among other gifts to the Berry Schools and museum, Morton gave nearly 200 personal paintings and drawings made during the mid-20th century. After completing her art degree at the University of Chicago in 1908, Morton traveled the globe and continued her pursuit of painting. These watercolors are the result. To show the breadth of the collection, 50 new watercolors will rotate into the special exhibition gallery every 4 weeks for the duration of the show. 

"Myths and Icons: Decoding the Ruspoli Collection" March 2- September 3, 2022

DSC_0072-3.JPGIn 1940, Princess Eugenia Ruspoli, Martha Berry’s eldest sibling, began gifting "Old World" art to the Berry Schools. Many of the paintings are in the style of the Renaissance and Baroque eras of Europe and center on themes of Greek and Roman mythology and Christianity. The complicated symbolism and museum records inspired our staff to tackle decoding the elaborate paintings. Team members selected a work to individually research, and the results are surprising.  What will you discover about our oldest art collection? 

"Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces”
Feb. 8 – Nov. 23, 2021

Berry-Architecture-300x200-G3701.jpgFrom 1882 to 1943, in thirty-one states and six countries, Rafael Guastavino Sr. and Jr. created more than six-hundred distinctive tile domes and vaultings illustrating a new standard of health, safety, and beauty in architecture. This traveling exhibition, organized by The Guastavino Alliance, initially showed in the Boston Public Library in 2012-2013, and features photography by Michael Freeman and original Guastavino Company drawings. Additional artifacts and documents relating to Rafael Guastavino Jr. and Berry College’s Ford buildings are also on display in a supplementary exhibit, “Guastavino at Berry,” to honor Berry’s unique relationship with the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company.

“The Gift of Art: Selections from Notable Berry Donors” August 1, 2019- September 1, 2020

the-gift-of-art-G4134.jpgCurated by Senior art history major, Remington Jackson, and the student staff at Oak Hill, this exhibition showcases the rich history of the museum’s permanent collection. Though the artworks shown vary in style periods, subject matter, and medium, they all came to the Berry Schools as donations from individuals such as Mary Reynolds Morton, Princess Eugenia Ruspoli, and Nell Choate Jones in the 20th century. These donors gave to Berry in many ways, but they felt it was also vital to the students’ education to share the gift of art. 

“From Tree to Treasure: Woodturnings by Al Christopher” Oct. 6, 2018- May 25, 2019

G3395-from-tree-to-treasure-300x200.jpgFeaturing over 50 woodturnings by Berry College Alum, Al Christopher (61c), this show celebrated the intricate craft of transforming raw wood into beautiful works of art. The display was Christopher’s first exhibition and served as an introduction to him as well as his methods.


 “Sanctuary at Berry: Wildlife Photography by Gena Flanigen” Feb. 24, 2018 – Sept. 1, 2018

sanctuary-at-berry-chestnut-sided-warbler-300x200.jpgThis exhibition told the story of Berry College’s wild inhabitants through photographs captured by Gena Flanigen in and around the campus. Guests learned where and when to look for certain species at Berry and about the histories behind how different animals like White-tailed Deer came to thrive on the campus.


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