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Tuesday 9 December 2008Remarkable survey of six centuries of art from one of America’s leading regional museums

One Hundred Stories One Hundred Stories Highlights from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Edited by Elizabeth Johns. Contributions by Sarah Cantor, Margaret Dameron, Alan Fern, Angela S. George, Elizabeth Johns, Mary L. Pixley, Joseph Ruzicka and Ann Prentice Wagner

Published in September 2008 by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, in association with London-based fine art publisher D Giles Limited, One Hundred Stories: Highlights from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts features 100 of the most important artworks from this unique collection.

One Hundred Stories celebrates one hundred paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative arts by well-known artists in the collection of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) in Hagerstown, Maryland. These works will be the subject of an exhibition at the Museum, opening October 4th 2008 through January 4th 2009. The Washington County Museum opened in 1931 with a small but very fine collection from donors Anna Brugh Singer and William Henry Singer, Jr., it now includes over 6000 objects, ranging from Old Masters to 20th Century art, with the emphasis on American art from the last two centuries, all shown in beautiful color photographs. Adding to the Singers’ gifts of landscapes, which included Impressionist landscapes by their American friends Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf, the Museum was able to make its first purchase, Thomas Moran’s Lower Manhattan from Communipaw, New Jersey (1880) in 1940. By the mid-1970s the collection boasted works representing some of the greatest American artists: portraiture, ranging from works by Joshua Johnson, Charles Wilson Peale and his descendents, to George Luks of the New York Ashcan school, Philip Guston and Norman Rockwell; still-lifes by John La Farge and William Merritt Chase; landscapes by Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and Edward Steichen; and abstract prints by Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Indiana, and Frank Stella. The collection of decorative arts has grown significantly over the last decade with the addition of premier examples of glassmaking, including fine examples by René Lalique, Ruben Haley and George Ohr. Other outstanding holdings of decorative art include a silver tea service by Christopher Dresser, Tiffany silver and glass, and earthenware by George E. Ohr. Complementing the bronzes sculptures by Rodin and his American students Paul Wayland Bartlett and Max Kalish, donated by the Singers, is the iconic Diana of the Chase by Anna Hyatt Huntington, 1922, given by the artist to the museum in 1941. This beautifully illustrated book includes essays by Joseph Ruzicka, who served as the Museum Director 2004 – 2007, on the history of the Museum, and Alan Fern on the history of museums in the United States. One Hundred Stories will be a book to be admired by any art lover and connoisseur with its focus on one of the premier collections of American fine and decorative art from the last two hundred years. The Authors: Elizabeth Johns is Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania; Sarah Canto is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland; Margaret Dameron is curatorial coordinator at the WCMFA; Alan Fern is Professor Emeritus at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Angela S. George is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland and Lecturer in Decorative Arts at the Corcoran College of Art and Design; Mary L. Pixley was the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Curatorial Fellow at the WCMFA and is now associate curator for European and American Art Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia; Joseph Ruzicka was director of the WCMFA (2004 – 7); Ann Prentice Wagner is curator at the WCMFA 232 pages, 9 x 10 in. (254 x 229mm) 120 colour and 20 b&w illustrations, hardback Text: Up to 48,000 words ISBN: 978 1 904832 54 6 (13 digit) Price: US$49.95/UK£25.00 Publication date: September 2008 Publisher: D. Giles Limited, London Distributed in the UK and Rest of World (excluding US and Canada) by Antique Collectors’ Club Sandy Lane Old Martlesham Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4SD UK T: +44 (0)1394 389950 F: +44 (0)1394 389999 Enquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Distributed in the US and Canada by Antique Collectors’ Club 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 18 Easthampton, MA 01027 Toll-free orders: 800-252-5231 For Further Information and Review Copies: In the UK contact: Liz Japes 20 Lockitt Way Kingston Lewes East Sussex BN7 3LG Tel: +44 (0)1273 480225 E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) In the USA contact: Karen Lunstead, Marketing Manager 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 18 Easthampton, MA 01027 Tel: 1 413 529 0862 E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was founded by Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Singer, Jr. and has a long and impressive tradition of cultural leadership in the Cumberland Valley region, providing residents and visitors with access to an outstanding Permanent Collection and an active schedule of exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, films, art classes and special events for children and adults throughout the year. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) WCMFA Press Office Please contact Donna Rastelli ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Chris Shives ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) For interviews about the book or exhibition please contact Elizabeth Johns ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))