SS SAVANNAH (1819-2019)
BY ROBERT MORRIS
2019, marks the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's groundbreaking trans-Atlantic crossing. In recognition of this monumental achievement, Ships of the Sea Museum is delighted to present the works of Robert Morris, Savannah artist and Senior Director of Corporate Communications for the Georgia Poets Authority. On 22 May 2019, (the day in 1819 when Savannah left her namesake city for her trans-Atlantic crossing) Robert Morris will unveil two eight-foot canvases in the Museum's lower atrium. The mural-sized paintings capture not only the era and international intrigue that followed the first ship to ever cross the Atlantic by steam engine, but help to shed light on what her accomplishment means for international trade today.
ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS:
Robert Claiborne Morris' art has been widely exhibited in major American museums, galleries and libraries. In January 2012, Morris was honored with a major, one-man exhibition at the prestigious Telfair Museum in Savannah, Ga. In July of 2012, the Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta, Ga. opened a one-man show receiving critical acclaim in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other publications. Over the course of his 30 year career as an artist, journalist and poet, Morris has strived to preserve the human spirit, the beauty of the natural world and impact how viewers and readers perceive their history and therefore existence.
Morris studied art at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and Tulane University in New Orleans, La. His writings have appeared in publications across the country. Tens of thousands of Americans have viewed his art in a number of U.S. cities with a large range of informed, inspired and emotional responses. His collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, filmmaker Sam Pollard and artists Thornton Dial and Terry Dixon, among others, have helped to bring the worlds or arts, letters and history closer together.
22 MAY 2019 - 12 JANUARY 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: 22 MAY 2019, 5:30-9:00 P.M. FREE ADMISSION
MUSEUM HOURS: 10:00 - 5:00 (LAST ADMISSION: 4:15)