Milestones June 1997

In Memoriam

David Usher
David Usher

David Usher, 57, chairman of The Greenwich Workshop, Shelton, CT, died March 15 in a canoeing accident on Long Island Sound. Usher co-founded the company in 1972; today it publishes limited-edition prints by artists such as Bev Doolittle, Don Crowley, Howard Terpning and Stephen Lyman as well as fine-art books and a series of collectible porcelain figures.

New Mexico painter Henriette Wyeth, 89, died April 3 in Roswell, NM, of complications from pneumonia. Wyeth [swa dec 94], the daughter of artist/illustrator N.C. Wyeth and sister of artist Andrew Wyeth, was well-known for her portraits and still lifes. Her work was featured in a 1994-95 retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, and an accompanying catalog, Henriette Wyeth: Artifice of Blue Light [1994 museum of new mexico press].

Bucker and the Buckeroo by C.M. Russell sculpture, southwest art
Bucker and the Buckeroo by C.M. Russell


Santa Fe, NM, artist Jeri Moore has completed Family Peace, a 10-by-41/2-foot mural at the Esperanza Family Shelter, Santa Fe, as part of the 1 Percent for the Arts Program, New Mexico Arts Division. Moore also has a solo exhibit at Act I Gallery, Taos, NM, opening May 24 and running through June 24.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has launched the first in a series of multimedia publications, the educational CD-ROM Voices & Images of California Art. Featuring Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Dorothea Lange, Nathan Oliveira, Betye Saar and Edward Weston, it includes 40 video and audio clips of the artists, 150 works of art, 75 photographs and some 250 letters and related documents.

Chickens Waiting for Eats by J.H. Sharp
Chickens Waiting for Eats by J.H. Sharp

The National Museum of American Art’s new CD-ROM won first prize in the Art and Culture category at the fourth annual multimedia conference, Milia, in Cannes, France. The disk presents more than 750 works from the permanent collection and was released in October.

Ray Harris-Ching will be honored on September 5 as a Master Wildlife Artist by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, in conjunction with this year’s Birds in Art exhibition, on view September 6-November 9.

John Walsh, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, announced that the museum will close on July 6 to move its collections of European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs to the new museum at the Getty Center, an arts and humanities complex in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles that will open in December. The Malibu location will undergo renovations before reopening in 2001 as a center for comparative archaeology and cultures, where the museum’s Greek and Roman antiquities will be shown.

Family Peace by Jeri Moore painting, southwest art.
Family Peace by Jeri Moore

The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, OR, is giving $1,850,000 to  Willamette University, Salem, OR, for a new 27,000-square-foot, two-story museum. The Hallie Brown Ford Museum of Art will house the school’s collection of Pacific Northwest and American Indian art and artifacts, along with European, Asian and American art.

Colorado sculptor Dawn Weimer won first place in sculpture at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Exhibition for her maquette entitled Ram Proud. The exhibition was held at Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY, in January.

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