Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.


From the Collection


Lee Krasner
American, 1908-1984

Invocation, 1970-71
Oil on canvas

Invocation was acquired in honor of the Sheldon's 50th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.

Exhibitions and Events

Bracketing the Reading: Thinking Through Photography

February 20, 2015 through May 17, 2015

This exhibition presents objects from the Sheldon collection that have involved camera usage during some point of the creative process. Offered a setting that is as much a laboratory as gallery, visitors are invited to explore the works through lines of inquiry that result in unexpected groupings and bring new contexts to familiar images by artists including Tom Wesselmann, Catherine Opie, Norman Rockwell, and Diane Arbus.

Painting–From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art

through July 12, 2015

Featuring some of the museum's most beloved and iconic paintings, the exhibition includes nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Joseph Stella, and Andy Warhol; and paintings by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Ed Ruscha, Hung Liu, Patssi Valdez, and William T. Williams.

A New Line of Thinking: Recent Sculpture by Robert Schatz

January 16, 2015 through April 26, 2015

This project foregrounds a shift in aesthetic direction by New York-based artist Robert Schatz. Themes of ecology exist alongside considerations of engineering and mindfulness. Complemented by a selection of related works on paper, this grouping of, at turns, elegant and whimsical sculptures will make its debut at Sheldon.

Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange

February 6 through May 10, 2015

Sheldon’s offering for PhotoFest 2015 presents a selection of recent work by Native American photographer Will Wilson, who was born in San Francisco and raised in the Navajo Nation. His work combines nineteenth-century processes with digital technology to stimulate dialogue around “photographic exchange” as it pertains to Native Americans. Through a series of ongoing performances—under the general title Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange—the artist engages in questions about identity, multiculturalism, and Americanness.

University Chamber Singers Concert

Mar. 8, 2015

3:00 PM

“Seasons of Song” will feature the Chamber Singers, the Skyros String Quartet and Dr. Christopher Marks.

Linn Myers Artist Talk

Mar. 10, 2015

5:30 PM

Washington D.C.–based artist Linn Meyers will present a talk on her career and artwork.

Through her method of drawing, Meyers participates in the re-evaluation—even exuberant celebration—of pattern and decoration that has manifested within contemporary art over the past few decades. The measuring of elapsed time and the recording of expended effort are also fundamental concerns for the artist. As such, her drawing heightens our awareness of the beauty of life and the ephemerality of experience. Fittingly, Sheldon staff worked closely with former director Norman Geske (1915–2014) to select Meyers' work as the first purchase from the Norman Geske Works on Paper Fund.

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