Love of Life and Landscape: The Art of Edward E. Nichols
The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is extremely proud to present the exhibition Love of Life and Landscape: The Art of Edward E. Nichols. As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of IMAS, the exhibition commemorates the major contribution the artist made to the culture of his home town. Working with his family and local collections, the exhibition represents a retrospective of the broad range of his art, from the landscapes of the citrus groves around his studio, to the Mexican festivals he witnessed on his travels. The exhibition will run from August 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018 in the Main Gallery of IMAS. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Saturday, August 26 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Edward Edson Nichols was a professor of art at the University of Texas Pan American (now UTRGV) for 33 years, retiring from teaching in 1999. During those decades, dozens of artists passed through his classrooms, benefiting from his teaching as well as from his generous, kind nature. Nichols loved south Texas, and his art work celebrates the beautiful landscapes and traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. Adept in many media, his watercolors and gouache paintings are perhaps his most well-known, but he also worked in acrylic, printmaking and collage.
Born in Chicago in 1929, Nichols received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees at the University of Kansas. His wife, Maxine McClendon, was a successful textile artist, and their home a place where artists, students and many friends gathered. A long-standing member of the Christian Scientist faith, E.E. Nichols passed away in 2016; he left behind a fond record of the beauty he saw around him.
His broad range of interests, from landscape to Mexican folk art, abstract expressionism and biblical themes were all expressed through his lens of thoughtful spiritualism: “Painting to me is about being very quiet and centered and then waiting to see what is revealed through drawing visual thoughts and listening to hear/see the next one. My position is that each of us is a perfect spiritual reflection of an infinite Mind, infinite Love, and this is what fills us with awe and inspiration.”
Join us for all of our new exhibitions and programs! General admission is FREE for IMAS Members. For the general public, tickets are $7 for adult, $5 for seniors or student with ID, $4 for children age 4-12, and free for children age 3 and under. Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information, please call (956) 681-2800.