---- — December marks the final opportunity to see the remaining exhibitions of 2012 at Fenimore Art Museum including “Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed,” which will travel to the American Folk Art Museum in New York City for a Jan. 24 opening, according to a media release from the museum.
The exhibition has garnered praise as a “rewarding retrospective,” according to Lee Rosenbaum in the Wall Street Journal. “Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed” is devoted solely to this American folk artist and includes more than 45 oil paintings spanning his career from 1824 to 1856.
“Prior completed many great portraits of very influential people in the 19th century, but many more of people whose names we would never know, ordinary men and women who formed the fabric of American society,” museum President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio said in the release. “It’s that process, the act of democratizing American portraiture, which makes William Matthew Prior so special and this exhibition so compelling.”
Visitors can see the exhibition and all others through Dec. 30. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and Christmas Day. For more information about this and other exhibitions, visit the website FenimoreArtMuseum.org.