In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870 – 1940 | Works from the Bank of America Collection

Jun 11, 2022 — Aug 27, 2022

A sweeping survey of American Impressionism, In A New Light: American Impressionism 1870 — 1940, presents groundbreaking paintings, prints, and drawings from acclaimed artists such as George Inness, Lilla Cabot Perry, Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John Sloan, Theresa Bernstein, Ernest Lawson, and Guy Carleton Wiggins, among others. This comprehensive exhibition of American Impressionism traces the emergence and evolution of a truly American style of art.

The 130 works included in the exhibition reflect the changing mindset of America from the mid-19th to early 20th century. The exhibition concentrates on regional artists’ colonies that were crucial to the American Impressionism movement, from colonies in the Northeast, to the Midwest, and the American West. A tranquil place for artists to share ideas and resources, these collaborative enclaves were often established in rural areas of great natural beauty, yet not far from growing urban centers. The show explores the ways in which local artists interpreted America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces and portray daily life using the Impressionist devices of capturing the moment with brisk brushstrokes, a vibrant palette, and atmospheric effects. In A New Light is the first major exhibition of American Impressionism at GRAM in over a decade.

This exhibition is made possible through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.

Presenting Sponsor

Exhibition Support

Additional support is provided by:

  • Wege Foundation
  • Michigan Arts and Culture Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Ken Betz and Pat Brewer
  • James and Mary Nelson
  • Greg and Meg Willit
  • Gregory and Rajene Betz
  • Janet Gatherer Boyles and John Boyles
  • brightly
  • Robert Daverman, AIA / Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Eenhoorn, LLC.
  • Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Dawn Ford / Elite Plastic Surgery
  • Jeff Gurney and Xuesi Li Gurney
  • Kurt and Madelon Hassberger
  • Haworth Helps
  • Dirk and June Hoffius
  • Lizbeth S. O’Shaughnessy and Terry Rathbun
  • Donald and Ann Kelley
  • Susan and Jack Smith
  • Dr. Ghayas and Joy Uddin

Additional funding provided by GRAM Exhibition Society.


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