The Art of Morgan Russell
September 30 - October 28
Please join the artist for a reception on October 6th from 5:30 - 7:30
In 1991 Morgan Russell spent six weeks in Paris and central Italy with the Parsons School of Design Summer Study Abroad program (he had previously received his BA in Fine Arts from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT). This experience strengthened the artists resolve to continue his studies in New York City where he did so at the National Academy School (‘91-’92) and the Art Students League (‘92-’93 and ‘96-’99). Since about 2002 Morgan’s work has moved from a concentrated realism to an increasing interest in abstraction as it is manifested through nature.
As a New York City resident from 1991 until 2006 Morgan exhibited in various venues in that area including Rutgers University Art Library, New Brunswick, NJ and the Capla Kesting gallery, Brooklyn. Three years after his return to Hingham the artist was chosen by curators of New York’s Chelsea Art Museum to be included in the group exhibition, Four Artists in Concert, June 2009. Morgan has also shown locally since his return to the Boston area: the Dolphin gallery of the Hingham Public Library in 2008; Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, 2010; MGH Cancer Center Illuminations program, 2018-19; and the Hingham Community Center in 2019 are a few examples.
In October of 2010 Morgan received the inaugural Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation grant from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and in September, 2011 exhibited new work there at the grant recipient two person show. In December of 2012 he received an Artist Resource Trust (A.R.T.) grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield, MA. On the Nov. 7, 2013 episode of Greater Boston in a review of Amy Sillman’s ICA Boston show, WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen brought up Morgan as an example of a local artist with a similar working process. Other press include a Boston.com slideshow by Jessica Bartlett on Oct. 8, 2013 featuring Morgan’s 2013 A.R.T. barn show. Ms. Bartlett also wrote about the artist and his iPad work in a Boston.com story a year earlier (Nov. 13, 2012). Born in New Rochelle, New York, Morgan currently lives and works in Hingham, Massachusetts.