Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Winston-Salem, NC


(above: Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC. Image courtesy Reynolda House)



Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation's premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its permanent collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features traveling and original exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art was the magnificent former home built in 1914-1917 by Katharine Smith and Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The country home was built on a 1,067 acre estate with a model farm and a village. Reynolda House offers the visitor the experience of enjoying American paintings in the environment of a Southern industrialist in the early twentieth century.

Visitors will enjoy the ertraordinary collection of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century American paintings, prints and sculpture. Works by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Charles Stuart, Frederic Edwin Church, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Andrew Wyeth, Jacob Lawrence, and many other famous American artists are represented in the collection.

The art has been added since its public opening in 1965. The furnishings and architecture reflect the taste of the original owners. The house centers around the elegant two-story living room surrounded by a cantilevered balcony. The splendid balustrade was wrought by the era's finest ironmaster, Samuel Yellin of Philadelphia. The 2,500 pipes of the Aeolian organ are concealed by Flemish tapestries on the balcony. Other collections include American Art pottery, Tiffany glass and the furnishings.

A National Historic Property, the house adjoins extensive formal gardens, and the estate's support buildings are now converted to specialty shops and restaurants.Through its strong interpretive programs geared to every educationai level and available throughout the year, Reynolda House views its permanent collection as an inearhaustible resource. The educational programs encourage participants to explore works of art in correlation with their counterparts in literature and music.

Please see the museum's website for hours and fees.

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

Passion, Politics, Prohibition: Benton's Bootleggers : February 28 to June 2 ..., by Joyce K Schiller - 2002. Catalog to accompany the exhibition held at the Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Seeing Musically: The Meanings of Music in 20th-century American Art, by Donna Cassidy, Joyce K. Schiller - 2000 - 27 pages. Catalog of an exhibition titled Jazz: an American muse, held at Reynolda House May 4-July 30, 2000. Joyce K. Schiller, curator.

Woman's World, 1880-1920: From Object to Subject, by Joyce K. Schiller. 2000. Catalog of an exhibition held Sept. 22-Nov. 26, 2000 at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jazz: An American Muse. - 2000 - 27 pages. Catalog of an exhibition held May 4-July 30, 2000 at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mary Cassatt: American Artist, French Impressionist : April 5 to August 3 ..., by Joyce K Schiller - 1998. Essay by Joyce K. Schiller.

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