Gallery Calendar

All four galleries of The National Arts Club are open to the public and can be visited Monday to Friday between 10 AM and 5 PM (hours are subject to change). There is no admission fee.

Gregg & Marquis Galleries
Outside The Lines: Modernist Drawings
December 21 - January 27

Drawings have, for centuries, offered viewers an immediate and intimate glimpse of the artist’s imagination. Since the late 19th century, artists have made the argument that drawings can posses intrinsic qualities that make them a major art form in its own right. By the 1920s, artists were challenging the concept of drawing by redefining ideas about line and space. Today, through the use of nontraditional media, many have energized its force and visual impact.
   On view will be works by Nancy Grossman, Will Barnet, Jack Pierson, Albert Oehlen and others who employ drawing as an independent and powerful expression.

Pictured: Timur York - Graph No. 24 - Tape on graph paper.
Grand Gallery
CALL IT WINTER: Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 4 - 30

Our January exhibition continues to celebrate and explore the Permanent Collection. Rich in American landscape painting, the Collection holds a unique group of works that were inspired by aspects of the winter season. From city scenes to the deepest quiet of   the country, this show demonstrates the virtuosity and originality of our Artist Life Members. Included will be canvases by Henry Gasser, Robert Spencer, John F. Carlson and John Fulton Folinsbee.
   Also featured will be the Fosdick Panels - a group of ten fire etchings on wood by James William Fosdick (1858 - 1937). Created between 1915 and 1917, the panels, in the Medieval Revival style, celebrate the Liberal Arts and Science and were originally designed to hang in the Men’s Grill. After the closing of the Men’s Grill, the panels remained on permanent display in the Gregg Room (now the Marquis Gallery) until 1980.
Pictured: Robert Spencer (1879 - 1931), Melting Snow, 1917, Oil on canvas
Trask Gallery
From the NAC Archives
January 4 - 30

We present a selection of treasures from the Archives of the National Arts Club. Although the Club donated its papers from 1898 - 1960 to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in 1986, the Archival Council continues to uncover material that fills in gaps from decades since.
   A wide assortment of paintings, posters, photographs and press clippings will celebrate all aspects of the NAC’s history as well as the scope of the fine arts and social programs that continue to set a standard of excellence in Club life. Featured will be many celebrities and Medal of Honor recipients of the past 50 years. The show will also pay tribute to the member volunteers who since 1898 have made the NAC flourish.
   History, humor and dedication all combine to make this a most special exhibition.

Pictured: Herbert Roth, NAC Members (detail), 1916, Ink on paper

Grand Gallery
Through Your Eyes - The NAC Collects
February 2 - 27

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM   

When setting out objectives for establishing The National Arts Club in 1898, Charles de Kay made special note of the potential contributions connoisseurs and collectors could make in promoting the fine arts in America. Although the core of the NAC’s Permanent Collection came to the Club as a result of the Artist Life Membership Program many works were generous gifts from the private collections of members. The Club’s early roll of charter members included Benjamin Altman and Henry Clay Frick.
   To celebrate the joys of collecting and connoisseurship, the Fine Arts Committee is excited to mount this second annual exhibition featuring works from the personal collections of our members. From Rodin to Pearlstein, the Grand Gallery will be filled with works of art that will give the NAC family the opportunity to share interests and treasures.

Photo by Frank Scherschel

Gregg & Marquis Galleries
Kendall Shaw: Collective Energy
- Sacred and Profane
February 2 - 27

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM   

Born and raised in New Orleans, Kendall Shaw stands out as one of the progressive artists that were at the driving center of American modernism in the 1960s and 1970s. He is particularly noted for his involvement in the creation of the Pattern and Decoration Movement (P&D) which helped to redefine concepts and possibilities for contemporary art.
   The unique history and energies of New Orleans have always informed Kendall Shaw’s work and help to serve as a humanistic foundation for the formal abstraction and emotional energy radiating from his canvases. Life affirming expressions of spirituality and sensuality celebrate Shaw’s commitment to communicating the common connections among individuals through art.
   The National Arts Club exhibition will present works from the late 1960s through 2006. Included will be a group of large canvases from Shaw’s idiosyncratic interpretation of Bible stories and a group of prints from his Cajun Family series.

Pictured: The Witch of Endor

Trask Gallery
MORE from the NAC Archives
February 2 - 27

Opening Reception:
Monday, February 8, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM   

The National Arts Club is pleased to announce that its current exhibition in the Trask Gallery will be extended through the month of February. This expanded version of the show will feature additional works and documents celebrating the Club’s history and the personalities that have and continue to make it!
   Members are asked to review their files, papers, and mementoes for items that might enhance our current holdings. Membership directories, bulletins/calendars and photographs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s are especially needed to create a wider view of the Club’s history. Members of the Archival Council will be in attendance at the February 9th reception and will be available to answer your questions.

117th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition
February 29 - March 26

The Will Barnet Annual Student Show
March 31 - April 30