Exhibition Archive

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA
In the Righter Gallery
March 29 – June 28, 2015

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he designed. With an architectural practice based in Manhattan, Barnes raised his family in Mt. Kisco, and the story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life.

Trained by legendary architects at Harvard University, Barnes strove for simplicity and functionality in his designs for skyscrapers, museums, schools, botanical gardens, and private homes. The Katonah Museum project was unique in design—an intimate, light-filled space surrounded by the natural beauty of this idyllic hamlet located just 45 minutes from New York City. Unlike many large projects Barnes had undertaken, this one was as much a form of personal expression as architectural design, with the informal feel of a domestic space for art.

Archival material from the Katonah Historical Society as well as photographs, drawings, and blueprints from the Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design add depth to the exhibition. Video interviews with those who knew Barnes and collaborated with him on the Museum project reveal a much beloved member of the community and an unassuming local celebrity. Again and again, friends who knew and worked with Ed Barnes comment on his humility, which translates in his designs. As Barnes put it himself, “within the museum, the architect must not upstage the art.”

The exhibition is made possible by Janet Benton, Susan and Keith Kroeger, and Curtis Instruments. Generous in-kind assistance was provided by John Sullivan of Sullivan Architecture, P.C, White Plains.

Funding for this exhibtion is also provided in part by ArtsWestchester with support from the Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


YOUNG ARTISTS 2015: A High School Art Exhibition

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
March 1 – March 8, 2015

Now in its 32nd year, this annual exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of budding artists. Seniors from our member schools learn about and participate in every aspect of the exhibition process, from creating the invitation in a graphic design workshop to writing artist statements and installing the art in the galleries.


The Katonah Museum of Art’s education staff and installation crew introduce students to the concepts and skills involved in curating and hanging a professional exhibition. A team of KMA volunteers works behind the scenes, providing support to the students during the multi-day installation. Approximately 400 students from 43 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties are taking part in Young Artists 2015. This exhibition is one of many programs that fulfill the KMA’s mission of providing innovative art education to schools, both on site and in the classroom. It is a tribute to our young artists, their families and teachers, and the KMA’s continuing commitment to education.

Postcard desgined by Max Crawley of White Plains High School

THINKING THROUGH ART: Young Artists and Writers

In the Learning Center and Project Gallery
March 1 – 8, 2015

The exhibition, Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers, presents art and writing created by students and inspired by the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This multi-session, museum-based curriculum that culminates in an exhibition, uses the examination of original art as a dynamic source for creating authentic works involving writing, visual art, and media.

Now celebrating its tenth year, Thinking Through Art is presented both in the Museum galleries and the students’ classrooms, and features KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart, who works in-depth with more than four hundred Westchester County elementary and secondary school students. The curriculum is collaboratively planned with teachers and supports the literacy skills addressed in the Common Core State Standards in English language arts.

KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart with Increase Miller students during their Thinking Through Art visit

Line Describing a Cone: Tri-State Juried Exhibition
January 18 - February 15, 2015

The definition of space is one of the fundamental features of visual representation in twentieth and twenty-first century art. From the oscillating layers of a Cézanne painting to the deep corridors of depth in a de Chirico work, artists have addressed the elements of three dimensions in various and often competing ways. Using film as light cutting through space, contemporary artist Anthony McCall’s work, Line Describing a Cone (1973) inspires this year’s theme; the piece is spatial and temporary, with light the primary medium giving form to an environment. Artists are invited to explore the meaning of space in their work, using whatever materials and expressive outlets they require. Representing space is but one potential feature; experiencing with works that proclaim their physical relationship to their environment another.


Explore Light, Line, and Shape
January 18 – February 15, 2015

The most basic elements of art can be transformed into amazing and unexpected things. Find out how you can play with light boxes, light projectors, and shadows. See how two-dimensional shapes can transform into three-dimensional shapes. Experiment with the qualities of color and line. Make a giant tape mural. Read together in the Reading Nook. In the Learning Center you can choose from a wide variety of activities and exploration boxes.

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