Adam Grant: Art for Life Exhibit & 20North Gallery Re-Opening

Posted Jun 13th, 2016 by Eric L Hillenbrand  Category: Arts & Entertainment


20 North Gallery Re-Opens with “Adam Grant: Art for Life”
Exhibition of major paintings by late Toledo artist and Polish national hero in the arts

Toledo, OH—June 10, 2016. On Saturday, June 25, 20 North Gallery will re-open, after a three-year hiatus, with a solo exhibit of major paintings by the late Adam Grant, a Toledo artist and former Polish citizen, who is recognized by the Polish government as a hero in the arts. The exhibition continues through September 30, 2016.

Gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand states, “In 2013, Art Director Condessa Croninger and I felt we had earned a break from the gallery’s 20 years of constant exhibitions—but we discovered that we truly missed the gallery scene. We enjoyed our time spent on other arts activities, and find that our ‘retirement’ was really a sabbatical that has provided great enrichment and a new purpose for 20 North.”

Hillenbrand continues, “There can be no better way for us to re-enter the gallery world than with an exhibit of major paintings by Adam Grant. Grant’s widow, Peggy, was 20 North’s longtime Art Director. It is a pleasure to once again have the opportunity to share Grant’s beautiful work with Toledo. His story—and his art—is particularly timely, when contrasted with the horrific destruction of life, art and culture that is now occurring in the Middle East. Adam Grant used his art to defy the Nazi genocide of the Holocaust; his later paintings are a testament to the power of art and life.”

“Peggy, Condessa and I hope that all our many friends in the arts will join us at the Grand Re-Opening reception on June 25 to celebrate the work of this amazing man. We are also looking forward to a visit this summer by a great admirer of Grant’s work, His Excellency, Ambassador Adam Kulach of Poland, who is coming specifically to view the exhibit.”

Adam (Grochowski) Grant / 1924 – 1992: Born in Warsaw in 1924, a young Adam Grochowski was discouraged by his family from pursuing a professional art career and told that art would “never earn the price of your bread.” In his teens, Adam was sent to Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Mauthausen, where he literally traded his art for bread, enabling him to survive. In addition to grueling physical labor, the Nazi officers assigned him to create paintings for the camps. Unbeknownst to them, Adam also used his art to defy his captors, by preserving in hidden artwork the identities of fellow prisoners.

After the liberation, Adam spent five years in a refugee camp, again using his art to provide hope and employment for the future. Adam emigrated to the United Sates in 1950, securing a job with the Palmer Paint Company in Detroit, Michigan, that had begun to produce the now-legendary Paint-By-Number kits. There, Adam met fellow designer and future wife, Margaret “Peggy” Brennan. The couple married shortly before the business was sold to the Toledo-owned Craft Master company. Americanizing his name, the new Mr. and Mrs. Grant moved to Toledo, Ohio, where Peggy managed his fine art career and Adam painted until his death in 1992.

During his lifetime, Adam Grant’s fine art paintings were widely exhibited in galleries, as well as juried and solo exhibitions throughout the world, frequently garnering prestigious awards, including the American Painters in Paris Exhibit; Columbus Museum of Art’s Best of Show, numerous top honors in the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition and the Toledo Museum of Art Roulet Medal. He was the featured painter in the January 1973 edition of American Artist. In recent years, Peggy, the executrix of his artistic estate, has organized and facilitated exhibits of his work in Ohio, Indiana, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

His work is part of many prestigious private, corporate and public collections, including The Collegium Maius Museum-Krakow, Poland; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana; Bowling Green State University, Ohio; Monroe Community College, Michigan; The University of Toledo; Toledo Federation of Art Societies; the Polish Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Auschwitz Museum, Poland. In 2011, Grant’s work was accepted as a part of the permanent collection at the inauguration of the Polish History Museum in Warsaw, forming the symbolic return of Adam Grochowski-Grant to his native city.

20 North Gallery and Peggy Grant, will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Grand Re-Opening Reception on Saturday, June 25, from 6 – 9p.m.

To view an online exhibition catalogue of “Adam Grant: Art for Life”:
visit www.20northgallery.com (The website posting begins June17, 2016.)

What: “Adam Grant: Art for Life” exhibit and Grand Re-Opening of 20 North Gallery
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604, 419-241-2400
When: June 25 – September 30, 2016
Exhibit Hours
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment

Free Opening Reception — Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
For More Information Contact: Condessa Croninger (Art Director) or visit www.20northgallery.com

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