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From January 16, 2019 to May 5, 2019

Location: Special Projects Gallery (Floor 2)

In the spirit of such recognized art movements as Impressionism and Modernism, The Rockwell Museum introduces Favoritism.

Kay Walkingstick, Tuscon Series VIII, 1990. Mixed dry media on stretched paper on ground of sculptmetal. Clara S. Peck Fund Purchase. 99.24.1 F. Selected by Amy Ruza, Youth and Family Programs Educator.

The newly-coined movement features staff favorites from the permanent collection, including oil paintings, etchings, photography and more, giving the opportunity to showcase unsung treasures from the diverse collection.

All members of the Rockwell staff, regardless of department, were invited to explore artworks in storage and select their favorite, spanning many decades and mediums. Each artwork is accompanied by a text panel from the staff member who chose it, explaining why they chose it and how it makes them feel.

Jason Cytacki, Don’t Look Back, 2010. Oil on linen. Clara S. Peck Fund Purchase. 2013.3. Selected for Favoritism by Jess Spady, Guest Services Coordinator.

This exhibition also presents an opportunity to feature more works of art in our building that would otherwise be in storage. Museums often search for ways to place more artwork on view within their buildings, as the national average of objects on view for American institutions is typically just 2% of their entire collection. Although limited by gallery wall space in our historic building, the Rockwell is well above this average, presenting more than 10% of our collection to the public.