Current Exhibitions


Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara 
Museum of Art
February 6, 2015–May 24, 2015
Fifth Third Gallery
This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Gifford Beal, Sideshow, 1910, oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection, 1959.66

Gifford Beal, Sideshow, 1910, oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection, 1959.66

Featuring the California museum’s greatest gems, this exhibition offers a compelling overview of the most significant themes in 19th- and 20th-century American art. It showcases 52 paintings and eight sculptures by some of America’s greatest artists. Discover landscapes by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church; narrative paintings and street scenes by Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and George Wesley Bellows; and portraits and figure paintings by William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent. Scenes from the American West highlight Americans’ fascination with the wild and recently conquered frontier. 

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Exhibition Sponsor
Lynne Meyers Gordon, M.F.A.

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

Season Sponsor
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Free Sundays
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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An Eye for the West: Paintings and Sculptures from Local Collections 
February 6- May 17, 2015
Sinton Gallery
This exhibition complements the dozen Western subjects in Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Henry Farny, After the Evening Meal, 1902, gouache. Collection of Steve and Lynne Vollmer

Henry Farny, After the Evening Meal, 1902, gouache. Collection of Steve and Lynne Vollmer

The American West captured the imagination of artists throughout the 19th century, as explorers ventured beyond the Mississippi River and the nation expanded westward. The first artists traveled west in the 1830s, bringing back paintings and drawings of the rugged landscape and the people who called the region home. Popular subjects ranged from romanticized versions of noble American Indians to heroic images of rugged cowboys.

Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, An Eye for the West features a select group of paintings and sculptures from Cincinnati-area private collections. Works including those by Frederic Remington, Henry F. Farny, and Joseph Henry Sharp pose these questions: What attracted artists to Western subjects? What continues to draw Americans’ eyes to the West

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

Season Sponsor
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Free Sundays
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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