Earlier this year, Reggie Burrows Hodges was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Addison Gallery’s Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr. Prize, which is awarded by the Addison Artist Council (AAC). The Hayes Prize provides an emerging and/or under-recognized artist their first ever solo show at a collecting museum, along with a publication, acquisition of art for the collection, and an artist’s residency on campus.
Hodges’ exhibition, Turning a Big Ship, centers on the motifs of the sloop and the sea captain. This new body of work engages with and expands the tradition of maritime painting as Hodges contemplates the notion of turning a big ship—of marshalling collective will and labor to resist a powerful current.
Hodges was in residence for the week of September 25, during which he met with dozens of groups from Phillips Academy, local public schools, and community groups. In the galleries and in the artist studio, students, faculty, and visitors had the opportunity to tour the exhibition and hear about Hodges’ career and inspirations.
Hodges talked with students and faculty from Phillips Academy courses in Studio Art, History, Literature, and Music; Lowell High School courses in English and Art; and an Essex Art Center (Lawrence, MA) adult art class.
During his residency week, Hodges also created new work in our artist’s studio, presented a public gallery talk, gave a tour for members of the AAC, and attended the public opening reception.
Residency photos by Neil Evans; Opening Reception photos by Michelle Morello, Lightshed Photography Studio