Heads and Tales: Portraits with Legends by Gillett Good Griffin Gillett Griffin

January 3 - March 31

Princeton Public Library Exhibition

Join us for an Opening Reception on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30pm on the Second Floor of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton.


Gillett Good Griffin’s professional career spans decades at Princeton University including 15 years as the Curator at the Firestone Library and 38 years as Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at Princeton Art Museum where he assembled a world-class collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.

What is less known about Griffin is his talent for portraiture that started when he was a young man and has continued throughout his life. A unique collection of portraits spanning over sixty years, this exhibit features his perceptive renderings of Princeton teachers and students, friends, colleagues, visitors, and others from the local community.

Also on display is a large-scale rendering of Griffin’s first book, A Mouse’s Tale, published in 1951 and named one of the Fifty Best Designed Books of the Year at a time when Graphic Arts was emerging as an academic discipline.

More Exhibitions

STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition

STEEP: A National Teapot Exhibition showcases ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a teapot, juried by Adam Welch, ceramic artist and ACP Executive Director.    Exhibiting Artists:  Juliet Bacchas Sam Briegel Nolan Baumgartner Casey Beck  Marysia Bohrer Laurie Caffery Sue S. Chiu Rod Dugal Stuart Gair Rebecca Graham Tyler Gulden Eric Hoefer Samuel Johnson Jim Kearns Emma Kohn Cindy Laliwala Liz Lurie Mathew McConnell Mariah McLaughlin Yelena Mijares Peter Pincus Debbie Reichard Eric Rempe Josh Scott Yoko Sekino-Bove Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FORMS

My work has been evolving recently to include more layers, more color and more depth. I’ve been continuing the push to step away from the usual process, which was: draw a shape and fill in the shape. Instead, I’ve been creating organic forms, activating the negative spaces, layering and mixing paints all while continuing to think as if the forms were communicating with each other. For a long time I was compelled to create very crisp and clean lines in my work. The “graphic designer”

Nature Restores

When working in plein air I try to convey the sense of peace that I feel when working outside, surrounded by the light that I attempt to capture. Interacting with nature is an invigorating force and landscape painting is a timeless art form that reflects our past, and our future. The changing seasons of New Jersey echo the rhythms of our lives. The interplay between a tree and the sky or light and shadow represent the essence of our natural world that should be cherished.

Donor Wheel

More than 2,000 donors are acknowledged in this one-of-a-kind sculpture by Joshua Kirsch

Neighborhood Portrait

The Neighborhood Portrait Quilt is part of a permanent exhibition that tells a story of important leaders and residents.