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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center exhibits works from noted artist Anton Weiss

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum celebrates the career of Anton Weiss. The works on display in the exhibition Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity represent the creativity of the artist from the 1970s to 2016, in both 2D and 3D pieces.

Visitors are greeted upon entry to the show with Pangea Column. A tall work of art comprised of copper, aluminum, and bronze, it acts almost as an exhibition guard, full of Weiss’ signature earthy hues.

Anton Weiss - Reaching For Infinity

Anton Weiss – Reaching For Infinity

While Anton no longer creates his elongated metal sculptures, viewers are treated to a variety of them sprinkled throughout the exhibition.

Also on exhibit are his watercolors, works of wood, and mixed media pieces.

Anton knew he was to be an artist from the age of eight, when his father took him to see a film about Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo. Art was a family experience.

With both of his parents being painters, Anton was able to explore styles and mediums as a young child. Weiss studied at the Villach Institute of Art and Museums in Villach, Austria.

In 1956, Weiss experienced life in the post-War painting era of New York City. He enrolled in the legendary Art Students League in New York, but soon left to study under Hans Hoffman. Within the Abstract Expressionism movement, Anton found his fit as an artist.

Anton Weiss - Refraction

Anton Weiss – Refraction

In 1960, Weiss returned to Nashville, immersing himself in the regional arts scene. He was director of the art department at Watkins from 1975 to 1980 and helped with the start ups of the Tennessee Art League and Tennessee Watercolor Society.  

Today, Anton’s work is in corporate and private collections world-wide, including the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, Canadian National Railroad, Montreal, Quebec, Acxiom Corp., Little Rock, AR, American General, Houston, TX, Cincinnati Airport, Cincinnati, OH, Federal Express, Memphis, TN, First and American National Bank, Nashville, TN, among others.

Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity is on view in the Museum through January 4th, 2017. The artist will be at the Customs House on Saturday, December 10th, for a “Meet and Greet” from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission to the event, as well as admission to the museum, are free as part of the monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

For more information on above event contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or

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. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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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