Re: Nicola Marschall exhibit to open at State Archives
- ARCHIVES* HOSTS EXHIBIT, PROGRAM ON CELEBRATED PORTRAIT ARTIST
*Nicola Marschall: Artist of the Deep South,* an exhibit featuring the work of this Alabama portrait artist, will open Thursday, December 16, at noon at the Alabama
Department of Archives and History,
624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama. Art historian Bryding Adams will open the exhibit with a lecture followed by a guided tour at 1:15 p.m. The event represents a special December program of the Archives* monthly ArchiTreats lecture series.
Prussian-born Marschall came to the United States in 1849. He settled in Alabama where he taught at Marion Female Seminary and established a portrait studio. He painted some of the most prominent people of the day including Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest and Alabama Governor Joseph Forney Johnston. Marschall is also credited with designing the first national flag of the Confederacy as well as a Confederate army uniform. The exhibit features 21 Marschall portraits, including a recently purchased self-portrait, several newly restored portraits, and a few on loan to the Archives for the length of the exhibit.
Educational packets for teachers to supplement this exhibit will be available upon request. These materials also will be available in January 2000 on the Archives* web site: Additional exhibit programs are planned for 2000.
Adams is a recognized authority on Marschall and his portraiture. She holds an M.A. in history museum studies and a B.A. in art history. She was recently appointed executive director of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation in Birmingham. In 1994, while at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Adams was chief curator for the *Made in Alabama: A State Legacy* exhibit featuring decorative and visual arts created by Alabamians; this exhibit traveled throughout the state through January, 1996. For more information, call (334) 242-4363, ext. 272.
Assistant Director for Public Services
Alabama Department of Archives and History
PO Box 300100
Montgomery, AL 36130-0100