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Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life

February 22 2014 - May 18 2014
Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life

Rendered in the crystalline clarity of 17th century Dutch still-life painters, contemporary artist Isabella Kirkland’s portraits of flora and fauna present a dazzling array of detail that straddles art history, scientific illustration and natural history.

This special exhibition brings together more than 50 of Kirkland’s works, as well as a host of preparatory drawings and studies in a variety of media. With their luscious colors and high-gloss finishes, some of which took over a year to create, these elaborate paintings celebrate decorative beauty, while at the same time delivering an arresting and timely narrative about environmental degradation and homogenization.

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Shown together for the first time, the works in Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life are sure to be of interest to lovers of art as well as scientific study. Kirkland’s work presents a seamless blend of both disciplines; with attention to the techniques of the Dutch Old Masters, as well as her meticulous approach to her subject through a scientific lens. Death and Taxa - Isabella Kirkland's Stilled Life The science of art Exhibit features "stilled life" by Isabella Kirkland

Video: Isabella Kirkland speaks about her work on Living Dayton

Companion Exhibition

In Bloom: Selections from the Collection of The Dayton Art Institute
In conjunction with the exhibition, The Dayton Art Institute will present 20 works from its permanent collection, featuring nature in bloom. From floral still lifes to garden delights, the representation of nature’s bounty as an independent genre has flourished since the early 1600s and remains a popular subject for today’s artists. This exhibition will present some of the museum’s finest examples, as well as some lesser known works, to highlight and explore this popular genre.

Exhibition Admission

Museum Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $9
Groups (10 or more): $9
Youth (ages 7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free

Prices include admission to both exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection. A $1 per transaction Historic Preservation Fee will be added to all ticket sales.

Patron Sponsor
DP&L Foundation

Supporting Sponsors
Energy Optimizers, USA
The Miami Valley School
Miller-Valentine Group
Perfection Group
Square One Salon and Spa
Tridec Technologies, LLC

With additional support from University of Dayton

Ohio Humanities CouncilThe Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds projects that enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation for the humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, or of the Ohio Humanities Council.


Image: Isabella Kirkland, Descendant, 1999, oil paint, alkyd on panel, 48" x 36", Courtesy of the artist and Feature, Inc., New York

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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