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Current Exhibitions

Lennart Anderson Street ScenceLennart Anderson: A Retrospective

February 1st - April 12th, 2024

Lennart Anderson (U.S.,1928-2015) was an artist renowned for his deceptively complex paintings that transform common delicacies, mundane objects and a sitter’s calm interiority into phenomenological meditations on light, form and time. His paintings reveal a world of things we may overlook; however, with the tender innocence and humor of a haiku poet, he represents to us mysteries worthy of careful consideration. As he worked from observation during the height of non-objective painting, he often described his practice as “humble pie,” but he was unapologetic about his exhaustive search for an elusive quality of light and the nobility of his subject.

In collaboration with the Lennart Anderson estate and Leigh Morse Fine Arts, and originating from the New York Studio School, the Bo Bartlett Center will host one of the largest iterations of this first major survey featuring more than 40 works from both private and public collections, such as the Center for Figurative Painting, Brooklyn Museum, Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Thank you to our sponsors:
AHA Fine Art, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, The Center for Figurative Painting, Inc., The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Eliza Anderson, Patricia and John Jacoby, Alina Lundry, Ippolita Rostagno, Richard Spurzem, Blair and Chris Woodruff, and Anonymous Donors

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South Arts 2023 Southern Prize and State Fellows

February 1st - April 12th, 2024

The Bo Bartlett Center is hosting the annual South Arts exhibition, which includes nine artists residing in nine southern states. These artists are selected from a pool of more than 800 applicants by a panel of jurors to receive their respective state fellowships. The artistry on display is a testament to the strength of art in the south, presenting diverse themes, visions, and styles. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture.

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee — with additional funding from other public and private donors — South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs.

Thank you to our sponsors: Norman and Emmy Lou Illges Foundation

painting of a male with black backgroundWorks from the Bartlett Center's Permanent Collection

Works from the Sandy Bartlett Scarborough Collection of historically important paintings by Bo Bartlett features paintings and drawings executed by the artist between 1977-2019, currently on view in the Scarborough Gallery.

Below are videos discussing some of the larger works that are a part of the center's permanent collection:

Bo's Brain

Curated by Bo Bartlett, Bo's Brain is currently installed in the Cheves Archival Gallery with a time-lapse video by Matt Hanner and two channel audio by Man Bartlett.

Watch The Brain with Bo Bartlett

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