The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Announces Plans to Open the New Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art

Jacksonville Museum Also Hosts J. Seward Johnson Exhibition This Fall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ — The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces plans to open the new Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art on November 15, 2005. The new 2,100 square-foot gallery will open with more than 80 works from the outstanding Thomas H. Jacobsen and Diane D. Jacobsen collection of American art.

“Diane Jacobsen is a great supporter of The Cummer and we feel honored to open the new Jacobsen Gallery, and with such a high quality collection. This is a great opportunity to unite tradition with The Cummer’s new vision of becoming a regional destination,” said Museum Director Maarten van de Guchte.

The new gallery launches The Cummer’s Board of Trustee’s expanded focus on American art. Masterworks in the inaugural exhibition of the Jacobsen collection include painters Jasper Cropsey, William Harnett, Theodore Robinson, Max Weber, Marsden Hartley and N.C. Wyeth and sculptors Randolph Rogers, Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Paul Manship.

Diane Jacobsen’s gift of funding for the gallery and gifts to the museum’s art collection as well as funds to support acquisitions pay tribute to her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen, a leader in the commercial banking industry who passed away in 2002 of leukemia.

Mr. Jacobsen was an executive, Vice Chairman and Director of Jacksonville- based Barnett Banks, Inc. before being appointed CEO of Mercantile Bancorp, St. Louis in 1989. As a result of several successful mergers he guided, he was named Chairman of Firstar and Chairman Emeritus of U.S. Bancorp. A widely respected figure on the national scene, Mr. Jacobsen served as President of the Federal Reserve Advisory Council, which advises the Chairman on monetary policy.

The gallery space is designed by Jacksonville’s award-winning Rink Design Partnership and formerly functioned as museum work-space. This is the first new gallery to be opened at The Cummer since 1992 and is located on the first floor and south of the Barnett Concourse. Diane D. Jacobsen resides in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Louis.

Additionally, this fall the Cummer hosts Beyond the Frame: Impressionism Revisited, The Sculptures of J. Seward Johnson. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C.

The show runs September 29, 2005 through January 8, 2006. It’s the largest exhibition of J. Seward Johnson sculptures in Florida. These whimsical installations are life-scale, three-dimensional representations of some of the most famous paintings from French Impressionism. Viewers play an interactive role as they experience what it would be like to walk through renowned paintings by artists like Monet, Renoir, Manet and Van Gogh.

After a lifetime as a painter, in 1968, J. Seward Johnson turned to sculpture. Since then, over 200 of Johnson’s lifesize cast bronze figures have been featured in collections worldwide.

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