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The Johnson Collection

Beyond the Illustration

January 31 – April 20


Illustration is all around us, from our formative childhood encounters with picture books and cartoons to the advertising and images of mass culture. For Illustrators turned “fine artists” it never quite leaves their technique and style. Such is the case for Philip Morsberger, whose painting style is influenced by childhood comics and Palmer Schoppe’s expressive characters honed from his time as a Disney Studio illustrator. But what is an illustrator and what makes an illustration?

Beyond the Illustration features artists who worked in various commercial media which is exhibited in tandem with examples from their more traditional fine art careers.


February 15:

“They Don’t Get Out of their Frames Much” A Hands-On Animation ArtWalk in TJC Gallery from 5-8 pm


Enjoy TJC’s new exhibition and experience a guided animation project this February. In this how-to animation project, give the characters of Beyond the Illustration at TJC Gallery a tour around town since they don’t get out of their frames very often.


The photos and videos taken will be gathered and edited into a collaborative community stop motion video at the end of the exhibition premiering at the April 18 Artwalk . 


Contact Blake Batten  bbatten@johnsondevelopment.net with any questions.


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Hailed by The Magazine Antiques with having staged a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional” through its “exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships,” the Johnson Collection seeks to illuminate the rich history and diverse cultures of the American South.


Today, the Johnson Collection counts iconic masterworks among its holdings, as well as representative pieces by an astonishing depth and breadth of artists, native and visiting, whose lives and legacies form the foundation of Southern art history. From William H. Johnson’s Boats in the Harbor to Anni Albers’ Connections, the collection embraces the region’s rich history and confronts its complexities, past and present.


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