MAUDE KERNS ART CENTER

Bringing Art to Life

Location:
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Phone:
541.345.1571
Fax:
541.345.6248

E-mail:
staff@mkartcenter.org


Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday:
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday (when exhibits are on display): 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gallery Admission:
Suggested Donation
$3 per person
$5 per family

CURRENT EXHIBIT

THE PURSUIT OF PURE FORM:
THE WORK OF MAUDE I. KERNS

Maude Kerns Art Center Presents

The Pursuit of Pure Form:
The Work of Maude I. Kerns


Exhibit Dates:
April 13 - May 11

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 13, 6 - 8pm

The Maude Kerns Art Center is proud to present “The Pursuit of Pure Form: The Work of Maude I. Kerns,” opening on Friday, April 13, with an Opening Reception from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibit features the work of the Center’s namesake, a visionary artist and educator, the first head of the Art Education Department at the University of Oregon (1921 – 1947), and an internationally recognized artist in the Non-Objective Art Movement. “The Pursuit of Pure Form” is on view through Friday, May 11. Nancy Pobanz and David Wade are the Title Sponsors.

“The Pursuit of Pure Form” marks the first time in eight years that the Art Center has shown Kerns’s work. The exhibit is curated by members of the Art Center’s Duchess Committee, which is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of Maude I. Kerns. It centers around works from the estate of the late Leslie Brockelbank, Maude Kerns’s great niece, and focuses on Kerns’s non-representational paintings for which she is most acclaimed. Also included are works on paper from the Art Center’s own collection of Kerns’s work. The exhibit includes over 50 pieces, a number of which have never been shown before. Most of the works will be available for purchase.

Maude I. Kerns was born on August 1, 1876, in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1899, attended the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco in 1901, and then studied at Columbia University Teachers College in New York, where she graduated in 1906 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.S. in Education.

Kerns experimented with a variety of styles, including realistic landscapes and portraits as well as non-objective explorations of color and form. Over the course of her long career, she studied with some of the most well-known modernist artists, including Hans Hoffman, Rolph Scarlett, and Alexander Archipenko. She travelled extensively both in Europe and Asia, and was influenced by European modernism and Asian art.

It was in the 1940s that Kerns’s search for an expressive visual form for her spiritual ideals culminated in non-objective paintings composed of interlocking triangles, circles, and rectangles. She was the only woman in the Northwest to be active in the Non-Objective Art Movement. Kerns was in close contact with a number of avant-garde painters in New York, including the Baroness Hilla Rebay, the first director of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (now the Guggenheim), where Kerns showed regularly from 1941 – 1951.

Kerns shared with Rebay the aspiration to find a visual expression of a spiritual state. “Non-Objective painting represents no object or subject known to us on earth,” Rebay said. The masterpieces of non-objective art are “the culmination of spiritual power made intuitively visible. The forms and colors we see are secondary to their spiritual rhythm which we feel.”

MEMBERS GALLERY & GIFT SHOP

The Maude Kerns Art Center has a gift shop featuring members' artwork in all mediums. Come visit!

Thinking about new art for your home or office? Looking for some great gift ideas?

The Art Center’s Member’s Gallery and Gift Shop offers one-of-a-kind paintings, drawings, ceramics, prints, photography, fiber, mixed media, cards, calendars and so much more from featured member artists.

Purchases made help support local artists and your nonprofit community Art Center!

See something you like? Artwork can be purchased over the phone (541-345-1571).

 

Questions? Call 541-345-1571 or email exhibits@mkartcenter.org

UPCOMING EXHIBITS


2018 EXHIBITS SCHEDULE

Maude I. Kerns

Reception:
Friday, April 13, 6 - 8pm

Exhibit Dates:
April 13 – May 11

Weaving with Nature

Reception:
Friday, May 25, 6 - 8pm

Exhibit Dates:
May 25 - June 22

PAST EXHIBITS

2018

JELLO SHOW

IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

A CONVERGENCE OF ELEMENTS & INTERSECTIONS

2017

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

BATHERS & BOATS

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

ON THE ROAD

BEYOND LANGUAGE & UNSPOKEN

SHIFTS: THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

2016

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

EVOKING NARRATIVES

COMMITMENT TO VISION: PHOTOGRAPHY AT OREGON

OBJECT / FORM

PRINT PERSPECTIVES

MOMENTS IN TIME

2015

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

word & image

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

AFRICAN ROOTS

JELLO SHOW

IN SEARCH OF...

A COLOR RUNS THROUGH IT

2014

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

NATURAL INTERPLAY

IN THE MOMENT

MIKE VAN: A RETROSPECTIVE

JELLO SHOW

NAKEDNESS OF THE SUBJECT

LIFE DECONSTRUCTED

2013

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

land • scape

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

JELLO SHOW

PERSONA

CURIOUS TEMPTATIONS

CONTACT US

Location:
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Phone: 541.345.1571

E-mail: staff@mkartcenter.org

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday:
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday (when exhibits are on display): 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gallery Admission:
Suggested Donation
$3 per person
$5 per family