James Spencer Russell was an accomplished artist that, within the history of Indiana art, is virtually unknown. He exhibited in the finest New York City galleries and other American galleries and museums. His work was included in group exhibitions that featured many well known and acclaimed artists.
Russell (Jim) was a quiet, gentle man that made art for art’s sake. He never sought the spotlight or fame. Up to this point his work is only known to a small, select group of collectors and former gallery owners.
A life’s journey that began in Monticello, Indiana and ended in Kewanna, Indiana, along with the art that was created, is the rich legacy of James Spencer Russell.
This website is following the research and development of our book Style Elegance and Wit: Rediscovering the Art and Life of James Spencer Russell and a retrospective exhibition, opening April 4 and running through October 12, 2014 at the Indiana State Museum. Satch and I (Ron Kern) are very excited about this exhibition and are actively participating on its development team that also includes Mark Ruschmann, Chief Curator of Fine Arts along with art patron and collector Dr. Steve Conant, MD.
Much of the information on this blog comes from researching Wade Bussert’s archive of James Spencer Russell. Without Wade and all of his assistance, none of this would be possible.
Congratulations on your book and the exhibit. Very impressive. We will be out of town for exhibit opening but will be sure to visit the exhibit while it is at the museum.