Don’t be an April Fool!

Free Art Tour Will Enrich Your Mind This Friday


(TYLER, TX) March 28, 2011 – It’s no joke! On April 1st, the TMA will offer visitors a free art tour. The First Friday Art Tour will be the last free opportunity for the public to experience a guided tour of the exhibition The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age, on view now through April 17 at the Tyler Museum of Art. The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and will offer participants an examination of the exhibition’s works of sculpture, including the striking six-foot tall Diana of the Tower by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Admission to the exhibition is free for TMA Members, $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 12 and under.

First Friday Art Tours are offered free to the public on the first Friday of every month. In addition to the art tour, First Fridays offer visitors a new culinary experience in the Museum Café, where Chef Lourdes Unzueta creates a special homemade menu selection each month. April’s first Friday special will be spaghetti and meatballs with fresh green salad and garlic bread, a delicious way for visitors to complete their Museum experience.

The art tour is sure to offer visitors some tasty food for thought, with a focus on sculpture. Located in New England, the Cornish Art Colony was made up of celebrated artists from major art centers such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and was founded by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), who traveled to Cornish, New Hampshire in search of an Abraham Lincoln-type model for his Standing Lincoln bronze sculpture commissioned by the City of Chicago. The artist was soon joined by his friends in the arts who thought that the location provided a perfect place, away from the city’s summer heat, where they could congregate as like-minded individuals and create their art in an idyllic setting. The area’s bucolic hills and meadows, trickling streams and majestic mountains provided endless inspiration to the group of artists who gathered there. Maria and Thomas Dewing, Bessie Potter and Robert Vonnoh, Mary and Frederick MacMonnies, Kenyon Cox, Stephen Parrish and his son Maxfield, and Frederic Remington are important American artists who are among those hailing informal membership in this influential group.

The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age was co-organized by the Tyler Museum of Art and the Parrish House Museum, Plainfield, New Hampshire. Guest curator of the exhibition is Alma Gilbert-Smith, Director of the Parrish House Museum. Signature Supporter is John R. Williford, co-Trustee, Jean & Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Underwriter is Thomas C. Campbell, co-Trustee, Jean & Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Friend is Sheryl Rogers Palmer. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Marilyn & Lanier Richey and Joyce & Bill Pirtle.