- Morris Graves Museum of Art
- Programs & Education
- Juried Exhibitions/Call for Entries (Humboldt Collects!)
February 2 to March 17
Why are we a nation of storage units, packed basements, and reality TV shows about hoarding? Humboldt Collects presents extraordinary collections from Humboldt County residents, exploring the fascinating practice of collecting. Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and insightful stories found within the collections and the people who make them, this show examines how the items we collect inform notions of who we are as individuals and a community.
Chris Motley: Feelings in Fiber
January 5 to February 17
Chris Motley’s sculptural forms use knitting in a unique way. She takes a familiar medium and expands its possibilities, using texture, color and dimension to explore universal themes.
Often her sculptures tell personal stories. “Slice of Life,” like a tree, has a ring for each year of her life. “Living Alone” is about her Mother’s first year as a widow. “Up, Really Down and Up Again” reflects the changing moods of our daily life.
Widely familiar in its usual functional form, knitting in her art brings the technique up to date. Motley has received wide recognition and critical praise for taking the craft of knitting and elevating the process into the realm of contemporary sculpture.
Paul Flippen: 36days
January 5 to February 24
I lost my father to a stroke his third day in the hospital.
He didn’t die for another month.
36days examines the emotions and ethics of the end of life, through drawings and text describing the narrative of one family’s experience. Negotiating with doctors, each other, and our own feelings, my family and I sought to do what was best for my father, as he would have defined it.
Thirty-six drawings of pen and ink layered over eroded surfaces of paint weave in and out of thirty-six text panels that detail my relationship with my father and my reactions to his passing. Shifting from crisp scientific renderings to the atmospherics of memory, the words and images navigate one account of modern medicine meeting family history.
The Sculpture of Dan McCauley
December 1 to August 25
Artist and welder Daniel McCauley of Dan’s Custom Metals learned the art form and technique of welding as a child in his grandfather’s machine shop. “I was always up there and got interested because I could take raw materials and make something,” McCauley says.
McCauley’s scrap art is created with material he finds in scrap yards. The artist’s work is nothing if not sustainable. Turning objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill into things the community can gather around and enjoy is the essence of recycling. He also mimics nature’s art, as he builds realistic and life sized mountain lions and bears. McCauley also hopes by sharing his work he can encourage other people who dream of doing art to embrace their hopes and work to see their own pieces in the public eye.
From the HAC Permanent Collection: Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Bruno Groth, Melvin Schuler & Romano Gabriel
“Selections from the Permanent Collection” features highlights from the HAC's superb holdings of North Coast fine art from the twentieth century. It incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative and folk arts. Though the exhibition is ongoing, the installation is updated regularly. Please call ahead for details on current exhibitions. 707-442-0278