We sometimes ask about art: "what does it say?" Artists talk about "finding their voice" and sometimes people state that a painting "speaks to them." These allusions confirm that art is something more than visual. Art is, among other things, a conversation.
These are all artists who "found their voice." Whether realistic paeans to honest work, light-filled landscapes, highly rendered still lifes, surreal dreams, social critiques or abstract contemplations on color and shape to name a few of the styles presented, each work says something the artist was committed to expressing. Each work also has a technical completeness which enables that voice to be heard. All created between 1900 and 2018, the exhibit includes examples from dozens of currents in American art during that time period. Not every painting will speak to every visitor of course, but each piece has been chosen to reflect a meaningful portion of the conversation that has been art in our time.