McKissick Museum exhibits work of Walter Inglis Anderson
University of South Carolina McKissick Museum will host a unique exhibit, titled “Everything I See Is New and Strange,” that captures the essence of the natural world, literature and mythology.
The exhibit is the work of Ocean Springs, Miss., artist Walter Inglis Anderson, a creative genius who suffered mental illness and lived in seclusion many years before his death in 1965.
The exhibit opens Jan. 15 and will run until May 7.
It is free and open to the public.
The show includes some 70 works of art with 37 of his exquisite watercolors, as well as decorated and carved pottery, oil paintings, linocut prints, wooden sculpture and pen-and-ink drawings.
Born in New Orleans and trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Anderson spent most of his life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The painter, watercolorist and naturalist is recognized for his huge artistic output, the superb quality of his work and his ability to evoke a sense of place that is both naturalistically accurate and universal in its poetic and artistic appeal. This sense of place is a key element of the exhibition, which includes quotations from the artist’s works and excerpts from his famous Horn Island Logs journal that vividly describe the barrier islands off the Mississippi Coast.
“Everything I See Is New and Strange” is made possible through the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information about Walter Inglis Anderson and the museum that bears his name, visit www.walterandersonmuseum.org.