Floral Affair: A Bouquet for the Friends’ Centennial
April 27, 2022 - August 14, 2022
This year, Mia’s Friends organization celebrates its centennial. Among their many activities, the Friends have since 1984 treated the community to “Art in Bloom,” a much-loved annual floral festival that uses Mia’s art collection as a source of inspiration. This exhibition revisits works of art featured on past “Art in Bloom” posters. The centerpiece of the show is a gorgeous still-life of dahlias painted by Eugène Delacroix. The Friends contributed the extraordinarily generous lead gift that recently allowed Mia to acquire the masterpiece, thus continuing the Friends’ long tradition of helping Mia to inspire wonder through the power of art.
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863), Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, c. 1835, oil on canvas. Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Martha Head, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Constance Sommers, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister 2017.52