Published in the PhxArt Magazine. This fall, Phoenix Art Museum will restore The Ullman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis to its original location on the first floor of the Museum’s North Wing. Originally created in 2001, just one year after the artist’s passing, The Ullman Center was designed to feature the works of Curtis while honoring his pivotal role in establishing Phoenix Art Museum.
Phoenix Art Museum announces the reopening of The Ullman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis on the first floor of the Museum’s North Wing. The reinvigorated gallery will open on October 23, 2021 and is dedicated to featuring the works of Philip C. Curtis, the Arizona-based artist who founded the Phoenix Federal Art Center, the first iteration of Phoenix Art Museum. Beginning with Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona, rotating exhibitions in the gallery will continuously showcase paintings by the beloved artist in conversation with other works from across the Museum’s American art collection to foster greater understanding of and provide meaningful art-historical context to the Museum’s Curtis collection.
Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and American Regionalism explores the story of one of Arizona’s most historically-significant artists from a fresh point of view, placing the beloved painter’s works within the context of the Great Depression decade of the mid-1930s through World War II. Read More
This painting called Grandfather’s House (on view at the Phoenix Art Museum) was indeed Phil’s grandfather’s house. The house in the painting however is not in Jackson, Michigan but in an arid wasteland of sorts. Old fashioned buildings and architecture looms large in Curtis paintings. Read More
This painting is called The Organ and it was inspired by the pipe organ at the First Baptist Church on Jackson St. in downtown Jackson.
Curtis wrote “I remember going with my mother often while she practiced the organ. When she played Bach I had the feeling the church might be shattered. This organ was a real pipe organ and the largest I’d ever been close to. I later never could understand how she could play that so easily and never was able to drive a car.”Read More