Kenneth Noland Gallery
The Kenneth Noland Gallery opened at the Greenville Museum of Art in 2002. Kenneth Noland was considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He was born in Asheville, N.C. in 1924. His artist talents were first nurtured by his mother, an amateur pianist, and his father, a Sunday painter. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he returned home to attend the renowned experimental college at Black Mountain, N.C. It was there (1946-1948) that he was initiated into nonobjective abstract painting by Ilya Bolotowsky and Joserf Albers. His initial breakthrough came in in the late 1950s when he began to locate the center of concentric rings at the center of square canvases. Sometimes referred to as “targets”, he uses this motif not as a way of expressing an ironic equivalence between the painting and a real object (such as a target), but as a container for precisely judged relationship of hues. Kenneth Noland passed away in 2009 at his home in Maine.
Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Gallery
Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee were two nationally known artists who lived and worked in eastern North Carolina during the 20th century. Speight was born in Bertie County, North Carolina and Blakeslee grew up in Washington, D.C. They studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and embraced the school’s emphasis on Realism. Speight taught painting and drawing at the Academy from 1925 until 1961. Blakeslee was one of his students; they married in 1936. In 1961, they moved to Greenville, North Carolina, where Francis became the artist-in-residence at East Carolina University. Sarah painted and taught adult classes at local art centers.
The Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation Gallery
Under the leadership of Rachel Maxwell Moore, a permanent art facility was opened in 1939, and eventually became the Greenville Museum of Art. In 1963, Ms. Moore established the Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation to continue her legacy of promoting art and culture in Greenville. Presently, the RMMAF has purchased, either in full or in part, 130 art works for the Museum, valued at more than half a million dollars and representing nearly one quarter of the Museum’s permanent collection.
The Greenville Museum of Art is proud to announce the renaming of its South Gallery, The Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation Gallery, in honor and recognition of Rachel Maxwell Moore. This gallery will feature artwork from our permanent collection purchased by the foundation.