(December 16, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centennial exhibit tours Meadows Museum Feb 19 - April 17

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — In celebration of their 100th anniversary, the New Orleans Museum of Art has organized a special exhibition which will travel to four museums throughout Louisiana. The Meadows Museum of Art has been selected as one of the four and will present Copley to Warhol: 200 Years of American Art Celebrating the Centennial of the New Orleans Museum of Art February 19 through April 17.

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Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger

Consisting of 30 of the finest American paintings in NOMA's collection, Copley to Warhol briefly surveys the development of American painting, beginning with portraits by Colonial masters John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale and turning to the rise of the landscape tradition with Asher B. Durand, George Inness, and Louisiana artists Richard Clague and Joseph R. Meeker.

The exhibition then showcases nineteenth-century artists who pursued their careers in Europe, such as John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt; moves into the twentieth century with early modernists including Marsden Hartley and Georgia O'Keeffe; and concludes with the triumph of American painting following World War II with abstract expressionism and Pop Art.

Among other masters included are Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Frederick Frieseke, Robert Henri, Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist.

"The New Orleans Museum of Art is delighted to share these American masterworks and celebrate our centennial year statewide," said Susan Taylor, Director of the New Orleans of Art. "We are honored to serve and engage a broader audience through this statewide exhibition and partner with cultural institutions across Louisiana."

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Following the presentation at the Meadows Museum, the exhibit travels to the Alexandria Museum of Art; the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge. The exhibition is sponsored by Chevron, with additional support from NOMA's Advisory Council.

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, La. The Museum is open to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday; and from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday.

For more information about this or other exhibits, call the Museum Business Office at 318.869.5040.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.