More than 50 works, many of which have not been exhibited for decades, comprise In a New Light: Alice Schille and the American Watercolor Movement. Organized by CMA and Guest Curators Jim Keny and Tara Keny, this exhibition honors the Columbus native’s 150th birthday and her contribution to the American watercolor movement, offering new critical insights on this remarkable artist. In addition, the illuminating exhibition explores Schille’s travels, critical reception, support of the women’s suffrage movement, and technical virtuosity in the watercolor medium.
One of the most celebrated American watercolorists of the 20th century, Schille earned acclaim from critics and fellow artists across the United States and Europe at a time when becoming an acknowledged professional artist was a particularly challenging path for women. Her subjects were often beach and harbor scenes, landscapes and city marketplaces, painted in pure-wash watercolor with modern compositions.