Detail of Makoto Fujimura's painting "Walking on Water- Glacier"

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“Waterflames and Walking on Water" Art Exhibit by Makoto Fujimura
February 1- April 15, 2023

Micro-for-Berry_website-crop.pngOak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum and Berry's Center for Integrity and Leadership (BCIL) are excited to host art by leading contemporary artist Makoto Fujimura. The exhibit features works from Fujimura's "Waterflames" and "Walking on Water" painting series done as elegies after traumatic disasters, among other paintings to capture a comprehensive nature of his art.

These works integrate the language of Japanese art of 16th to 17th Century with the Modernist works of Mark Rothko and Arshile Gorky, together into a contemporary expression. Nihonga (Japanese style painting using pulverized minerals and gold and silver) materials are transmuted into contemporary expression of Fujimura’s as “slow art”. To learn more about the artist, visit 

“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.


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