William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography

January 26 - April 28, 2019
Third Floor Galleries

  • Ohio State University Stadium #2
    William L. Hawkins
    Ohio State University #2 1983
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.118

  • Prudential N.Y.C.
    William L. Hawkins Prudential N.Y.C. 1985
    Enamel on Masonite
    Figge Art Museum, Gift of Thomas Kahl Figge in celebration of the museum’s 10th Anniversary, 2015.9. Courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery New York. Photo by Andrew Wallace

  • Rattlesnake #3
    William L. Hawkins
    Rattlesnake #3 1988 Enamel and collage on Masonite
    Private Collection. Courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery New York. Photo by Andrew Wallace

From his pictures of exotic wild animals to dramatic depictions of the major buildings in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, William Hawkins always wanted his pictures to sweep his viewers off their feet. William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography, the first major exhibition in more than a decade featuring the artist, explores the varied work with important examples from every type of subject matter he favored.

An Imaginative Geography is a traveling retrospective featuring 65 works of the artist, including paintings, drawings and sculpture. The exhibition also highlights some of Hawkins’ unusual tools and the suitcase in which he kept his “research,” the publicity images from which he drew inspiration.

Organized by the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and curated by Atlanta-based folk art scholar Susan Mitchell Crawley, William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography opened at the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio) in early 2018. It will be on view in Columbus, Ga. until April 28, 2019.

This exhibition is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the ArtsIt is also supported by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance.

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