Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Begley, John P.

Author's Keywords



Art--Exhibition techniques; Portrait painting, American--Exhibitions


As my curatorial thesis project, I chose to curate an exhibit of George Washington Morrison's paintings. George Morrison was a well-known portrait painter in New Albany, Indiana during his time here from 1840-1893. His paintings are on display in many historic buildings throughout the city and state, including the New Albany Public Library, the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, the Scribner house, and the Culbertson mansion. In addition, Morrison painted prominent members of New Albany society during this period, some of whom are family names still recognized today. This exhibit, displayed at the Carnegie Center in New Albany, Indiana July 14 – August 26, 2006, will help fulfill their mission of exposing their audience to the history of the city. A presentation of George Morrison's portrait paintings presents the works of an important local artist, addresses the popularity of the portrait-painting genre in America during the 19th century, and brings to light the significant histories of New Albany's citizens that influenced the city we know today.