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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum September 2014 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

In the month of September, the Museum will feature Serving Abroad: Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes, Paul Harmon: Inner Voices, The Outsiders: Folk Art from the Hicks & Vander Elst Collections, Technically Speaking, Leslie Sheils: Dizygotic, Women Painting Women, Even When: Recent Works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl, Martin Breedlove: Bold Moves, Art Walk Event: The Diary of Nannie Haskins Book Signing, and Art & Lunch: Gallery Talk with Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl.

Leslie Sheils Dizygotic Hound Right

Leslie Sheils Dizygotic Hound Right

Exhibits

Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes
Through September 7th

A video installation by Lincoln Schatz sponsored by the US State Department and Art in Embassies. AIE commissioned renowned artist Lincoln Schatz to create a video montage incorporating audio and images selected from photographs of daily life abroad by current and former military and Foreign Service personnel. Schatz’s work will later be installed as a site-specific installation for the permanent art collection in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes by Lincoln Schatz.

Serving Abroad: Through Their Eyes by Lincoln Schatz.

Paul Harmon: Inner Voices
Through September 7th

International artist Paul Harmon exhibits his lyrical paintings in the Crouch Gallery. The themes of Harmon’s paintings always incorporate poetry, prose and ideas from the artist’s interests and experiences.

Paul Harmon lyrical paintings exhibit.

Paul Harmon lyrical paintings exhibit.

The Outsiders: Folk Art from the Hicks & Vander Elst Collections
Through September 7th

Robert Hicks is a collector of mostly Southern Outsider Art. He was the first Tennessean to be included in Art & Antiques magazine’s Top 100 Collectors in America.

Folk Art

Folk Art

Technically Speaking
Through September 7th

Objects from the museum’s collection showcase technology from the last 100 years that has influenced the technology of today.

Leslie Sheils: Dizygotic
September 11th through November 2nd

Ohio artist Leslie Sheils explores the concept of twins through depictions of animals. The paintings in this series are mirror images that are supported by the allegory of Fraternal twins; very much the same but completely different and sometimes opposite.

Leslie Sheils Dizygotic Hound Left

Leslie Sheils Dizygotic Hound Left

Women Painting Women
September 13th through November 2nd

Customs House Museum celebrates women artists with its annual exhibit. This year’s slate of artists hailing from Tennessee, California, Georgia, and Ohio, offer a variety of artistic views of the female form.

Even When: Recent Works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl
September 10th through October 26th

New works from Austin Peay art professors Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl, including both individual and collaborative pieces.

Martin Breedlove: Bold Moves
September 2nd through September 28th

Murfreesboro artist Martin Breedlove uses “pixels” of paint, resulting in an abstract realism style. Bold contrasting colors lend an active energy to his subjects.

Martin Breedlove

Martin Breedlove

Activities

Art Walk Event: The Diary of Nannie Haskins Book Signing
Thursday, September 4th, 5:00pm

Meet with the editors and get your book The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams signed during the First Thursday Art Walk! The diary of Nannie Haskins Williams provides valuable insight into the conditions of Union-occupied Middle Tennessee.

In 1863, while living in Clarksville, Tennessee, Martha Ann Haskins, known to friends and family as Nannie, began a diary. A young Confederate sympathizer, Nannie was on the cusp of adulthood with the expectation of becoming a mistress in a slave-holding society. The war ended this prospect, and her life was forever changed.

About the editors: Minoa D. Uffelman is an associate professor of history at Austin Peay State University. Ellen Kanervo is professor emerita of communications at Austin Peay State University. Phyllis Smith is retired from the U.S. Army and currently teaches high school science in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Eleanor Williams is the Montgomery County, Tennessee, historian.

Copies of the book are available for purchase at Seasons: The Museum Store.

Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds a copy of the new book “The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890.” (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds a copy of the new book “The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890.” (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

Art & Lunch: Gallery Talk with Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl
September 17th, 12:15pm

Join artists Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl as they discuss their work found in the exhibit Even When: Recent Works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl. Free admission to program. Bagged lunches welcome.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum.

With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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