The exhibition, Horace Day and Elizabeth Nottingham Day: A Marriage in Art, a survey of paintings by the Days, nationally-recognized artists in their era and former art faculty members at Mary Baldwin University, will be on view at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery May 17 – 30.
The show will open with a public reception Friday, May 17, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Professor Emeritus of Art Ulysse Desportes will begin with a brief lecture about the Days and their accomplishments in the visual arts. A catalog contains essays by Dr. Desportes and the Days’ elder son, Tal Day, will be available.
Elizabeth Nottingham Day taught at the college from 1941 until her death in 1956. She had begun to gain national recognition for her landscapes that fused the energy of early 20th century expressionism with the optical and emotional sensitivity of high modernist painting. Horace Day taught at the college from 1941 until his retirement in 1967. Having achieved a substantial exhibition record, he was highly regarded within and beyond the South and Mid-Atlantic region as a portrait painter and particularly as an accomplished landscape painter.
Both artists studied in the Art Students League in New York City, where they met, in the late 1920s through 1931. Horace Day was represented by the Macbeth Gallery in New York, one of the major commercial venues of the time. His paintings are in many public and private collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the New Britain, Connecticut, Museum of American Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Gallery, and Mary Baldwin University.
Elizabeth Day in many notable places, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York. Her paintings are in public, corporate, and private collections, including Ford Motor Co., Longwood College, Mary Baldwin University, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.
On Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, the gallery will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and 1-4 p.m. Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24, and Monday, May 27 – Thursday, May 30.