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Chief Executive Officer
Susan Phifer Johnson
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"Who can say what ignites a passion? Was it Eugene Thomason's three red roses frozen in blue? An awakened connection to one's geographical roots? Perhaps the familiarity of the road to Nebo? The nucleus of what was to become our collection was formed by such seemingly unrelated catalysts."

Curatorial Advisor
Susanna Johnson Shannon
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"Edith London's use of color and form in Tension and Harmony creates an image that is simultaneously soothing and thought-provoking. Her Cubist sensibilities are at the forefront in this piece, and her use of muted tones—punctuated by a pop of orange—draws me in."

Curatorial Advisor
Carter Lee Johnson
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Having spent several years living in New York City, I am flooded with wonderful memories when I see this painting. Like me, Joseph Delaney was a Southerner who was transfixed by the city’s energy and endless possibilities. Delaney’s playful use of color and dynamic brushwork bring both the delighted skaters and urban skyline to life.

 

Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Tignor
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"The transcendental elements of Robert Duncanson’s Hunting in the Woods evoke my own sense of wonder with the natural world. Painted in the mid-nineteenth century, a viewer sees a group of Native Americans exploring a forest interior. One figure boldly proceeds deeper into the darkened forest, while the rest remain closer to the serene comfort of the sun’s glowing warmth."

Director of Communications
Lynne Blackman
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"I’m not sure which I admire more: Nell Blaine’s modernist interpretation of a traditional subject or her fierce determination to pursue her passion for painting in the face of enormous personal challenges." 

Registrar & Gallery Manager
Holly Watters
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"Augusta Savage’s defiance of racial and cultural conventions in order to learn and to teach, to make and to sell her art, and to forge a path for others fascinates me."

Collection Assistant
Aimee Wise
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"After visiting his Chicago house museum as a student, I feel a sense of kinship with Roger Brown who felt that his personal vignettes were of universal appeal to all artists. I am captivated by the colors, symbolism, and familiarity in his whimsical approach to painting and curatorial arrangement of objects." 

Communications Specialist
Anna Chandler
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I'm fascinated by Mildred Thompson's exploration of scientific theory through the visual medium. Her invitingly vibrant palettes and kinetic mark-making lend a certain playfulness to the study of the universe.