Reynolda House offers free admission to N.C. teachers this summer

Reynolda House is offering free museum admission to all pre-K through grade 12 teachers at public and private schools in North Carolina June 1 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Teachers can receive their free admission ticket online or in person at Reynolda House (teachers may redeem only one ticket at a time). Proper ID is required at check-in. Advance registration is encouraged—but not required—to visit the Museum.

“We offered our first free admissions as a thank you to teachers in summer 2021 as the pandemic subsided, and it was a tremendous success.  Our commitment to education is central to our mission at Reynolda, and we’re pleased to extend our free admission program during summer 2022,” said Allison Perkins, executive director for Reynolda House and Wake Forest associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “We’re hosting several incredible exhibitions this summer as well as our traditional displays and gardens.  There will be something for every teacher to enjoy, and we look forward to hosting them soon.”

Reynolda House’s educational programs include a strong focus on early childhood education, and the Museum produces numerous programs for pre-readers (under five) and their caregivers, as well as programs designed to promote intergenerational learning. The Museum’s early childhood programs are designed to promote reading and literacy readiness in young children. This initiative comes alongside similar programs to improve pre-K reading and language development outcomes.

In support of the Museum’s strategic directions, each exhibition season features a unique menu of carefully designed symposia, lectures, virtual tours, courses, and other educational opportunities for visitors of all ages, with numerous programs per year designed to promote learning. The Museum collaborates with local organizations to present nationally recognized historians, curators, and critics to a general audience, enriching the cultural life and civic consciousness of the region’s citizens. Reynolda House offers a rich selection of in-person programs, including Reynolda Read-Aloud, Family First workshops, Reynolda Community Day, Visual Literacy for Caregivers, Let’s Talk About Art, Outdoor Discovery Tours, and outdoor family yoga. In addition, Reynolda offers at-home art kits and multimedia discovery lessons for teachers and caregivers.

As part of this summer’s free admission offering at the Museum, teachers will have an opportunity to view three historic house exhibitions: substrata: the spirit of collage in 76 years of art will be on display in the West Bedroom Gallery until Jul. 31 and Louise Nevelson: Architect of Light and Shadow will be on display in the Northwest Bedroom Gallery until Sept. 18 and Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda will be on display in the Master Bedroom Gallery until Dec. 31.

Substrata: the spirit of collage in 76 years of art examines the influence of collage. Beginning in 1912, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris were the first artists to explore collage in a self-consciously modern way, in relation to both the history of art and to the culture of their time. Their Cubist collages were a radical break with the “window on the world” depictions of Renaissance painting. But after the Cubists’ defiant, “punk” attitude of those early years, they returned to painting.

The Louise Nevelson exhibition was curated by Dr. Jennifer Finkel, the Acquavella Curator of Collections at Wake Forest University. In addition to works from Reynolda’s collection, the exhibition will include artworks from Wake Forest University’s art collection, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and two private collections.

Through art, letters, photographs, and audiovisual recordings, Still I Rise examines the lives of the Black women and men who helped shape Reynolda as it evolved from a Jim Crow era working estate into a museum for American art in a space designed for reflection and learning.

Beginning July 15, visitors will be able to view Chrome Dreams and Infinite Reflections: American Photorealism. Beginning in the 1960s, a small group of artists began examining their world through photographs and then creating paintings and prints that mimic those photographs with extraordinary precision. Chrome Dreams highlights the nostalgia associated with America’s post-war boom. For the exhibition, Reynolda has assembled 41 works of art that include glittering cityscapes, shiny storefront windows, and sleek automobiles that are icons of the period.

Reynolda House, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Museum members, children 18 and under, students, military personnel, EBT cardholders, employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID receive free admission to the Museum. Passes to Reynolda House in English and Spanish are available to check out from every branch of the Forsyth County Public Library free of charge.

May 24, 2022
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