2018 Exhibition Schedule

 A Swedish Folk Tale
March 21 – June 3

Opening Reception, Friday, March 23, 4:30-6:00pm
Martha Farham Cahoon (1905-1999) married her Swedish folk art heritage with early American and Pennsylvania-German design to create unique expressions in decorative art and painted furniture that had a bold impact on Cape Cod culture.
Image: Swedish Rosmaling

Sponsored by “A Trustee of the Cahoon Museum of American Art”

May 18 – October 31

Hilary Hutchison’s large-scale public sculpture sited on the grounds of the museum facing Route 28 celebrates the cod, a local icon.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod    

The Pollinators
June 8 – August 12

Opening Reception, Saturday, June 9, 4:30-6:00pm
Featuring new, regional artwork inspired by the intricate natural process between plants and their pollinators. Many living creatures assist plants in their reproduction, including species of bats, bees, birds, and butterflies, as well as other unusual animals. Wind and water also play a role in pollination, a theme that is highly timely and resonant with many contemporary artists.

EVENT: The Brush Off
Saturday, July 7 

A day of summer fun celebrating the Cape’s art and artists. This 28th annual art festival features live and silent auctions, local artists painting on location, food, and music on the Cotuit Village Green. Come experience heart-warming community spirit while benefiting the museum!

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Herman Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Experience
August 17 – October 28

Opening Reception, Saturday, August 18, 4:30-6:00pm
This exhibition focuses on the large and important body of work that modern artist Herman Maril (1908-1986) created on paper throughout his career. His spare but evocative drawings, watercolors, and prints illustrate the Maryland countryside, streets in his home city of Baltimore, and the Cape Cod shores where he spent his summers.

Herman Maril, watercolor on paper

Twisted, Twined, and Woven: Contemporary Fiber Art
November 2 – December 22

Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 4:30-6:00pm
Local fiber and textile artists find unexpected new ways to work with traditional materials on the theme of interconnections and things we have in common across cultures.
Diane Savona, Stronger, quilting and fabric

On View All Season – March 21- December 22

  • Scrimshandering: Ralph Cahoon, Scrimshaw, and Nantucket Whaling Heritage
  • The Cahoon Studio
  • Highlights from the Permanent Collection

Ralph Cahoon, Ship and Scrimshaw, oil on masonite, Collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art, gift of Clare and Robert Dudley Harrington, Jr.


Paul Moro: A Painter’s Journey
March 15 – April 30, 2017
Opening reception – Saturday, March 18 from 4:30 to 6:00pm

This landmark exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of artist Paul Moro (1886-1953), whose oil paintings showcase a masterful vision of Cape Cod in the early twentieth century. Cape Cod was an important influence and inspiration to Moro and where he created some of his most memorable works. This exhibit surveys the body of work he created, including lushly rendered landscapes and energetic genre scenes.

Exhibition sponsored by “A Former Member of the Cahoon Museum’s Board of Trustees”

Paul Moro, Floral Bounty By The Bay, Dennis, 1936, oil on canvas

Elizabeth Mumford: New Works
May 3 – June 25, 2017
Opening reception – Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.

Exhibition made possible by a Community Exhibition Partnership with:

Elizabeth Mumford, Rabbits and Potatoes, 2017, watercolor on paper

Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth
June 28 – August 20, 2017
Opening reception – Sunday, July 2 from 4:30 to 6:00pm

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.

Exhibition made possible by Community Exhibition Partnerships with:


James E. Buttersworth, Yacht Race off Sandy Hook, oil on canvas, Collection of Alan Granby and Janice Hyland

At Rest, In Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings
August 23 – October 8, 2017
Opening reception – Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.

 Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Lesser Yellowlegs Preening, circa 1930-1940, Private Collection

Exhibition made possible by a Community Exhibition Partnership with:


Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper
October 11 – December 23, 2017
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 to 6:00pm

Contemporary Silhouettes presents an abundance of extraordinarily intricate work produced in the art form of cut paper. Contemporary paper artists draw upon many global folk traditions for inspiration, including Scherenschnitte, chuāng huā, and American portrait silhouettes as they re-imagine innovative new handcrafted pieces.

Historic and contemporary artists in this exhibit include Elizabeth Alexander, Ernesto Caivano, Pamela Dalton, Fred Liang, Lucy Gibbons Morse, Randal Thurston, Tomas Vu-Daniel, and Yuan Zuo, who explore themes of the silhouette to achieve highly intricate and inspiring effects.

 Lucy Gibbons Morse (1839) – 1936), Illustration # 1 from “Breezes” published in 1921, Collection of Sarah Davis

Small Works Show
November 21 – December 23, 2017
Opening Reception and Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Small Works showcases paintings and mixed media works from talented local artists. With the theme of the miniature, this year’s exhibit emphasizes extra small works. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Cahoon Museum and helps to support the Museum’s dynamic exhibitions, conserve collection artworks, and develop meaningful creative experiences.

Artists include: Heather Blume, Howard L. Bonington, Don Cadoret, Betsy Payne Cook, Anne Doyle, Kelly Ferguson, Paula Grimes, William Hemmerdinger, Marieluise Hutchinson, Kathryn Kleekamp, Jane Lincoln, Alison McMurry, Rosalie Nadeau, Kevin Nolan, Susan O’Brien McLean, Carol-Jean O’Toole, Karen M. Pinard, Candice Ronesi, David Sigel, Christie Velesig, and Lynn Wallin.

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