The Georgia Museum of Art will bring to light the works of a virtually unknown female artist in its exhibition The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk, on display July 19 through Oct. 12. Independent scholar Stephen J. Goldfarb, who researched Kirk’s life and work extensively, served as curator.
Kirk, who was born and lived most of her life in Tuscumbia, Alabama, produced finely detailed renderings of the countryside for about a decade, between the 1930s and 1940s. She is known for her reliably sun-filled works. The exhibition features approximately 30 of her works, including watercolors, etched plates and drawings as well as printed etchings.
“This exhibition, like many before it at the museum, highlights the work of a lesser-known Southern printmaker,” said Hillary Brown, director of communications at the museum. “As an academic museum, fostering research is one of our most important missions, and Dr. Goldfarb’s efforts in tracking down information on Kirk have been formidable. In addition, visitors will be able to see the delicacy of her line in these tiny etchings.”