The Huron County Art Bank collection features contemporary works depicting Huron County produced by local artists. Established in 2000 with a generous bequest from the Estate of Susannah Lattimer, the collection is held in trust by the Huron County Museum for the benefit and education of the entire community.
Susannah Lattimer was a descendent of the Craig Family of Morris Township. Although she did not spend all her life as a resident of Huron County she wished to remember her "Huron Roots."
One of the initiatives from her bequest to the Corporation of the County of Huron was to establish the Huron County Art Bank. Through funds from the Lattimer Estate, approximately 30 works of art will be collected over ten years, with several works added every year.
The Huron County Art Bank contains outstanding examples of works by Huron County artists, in a wide variety of styles and themes. Acquisitions for this significant collection are selected from submissions to an annual art exhibition and sale organized through the Huron County Museum.
Each year, a different artist from outside Huron County, selects 3 pieces of art submitted to the Huron County Fine Art Show. These works are purchased by the County and become part of the Huron County Art Bank. This acquisition program provides an opportunity for Huron County artists to showcase their talent at the Museum. Many artists offer their work for sale during the exhibit.
Works from the collection are in active use. They are presented in exhibitions and are on display in various Huron County buildings.
The strength of this collection lies in its modern and contemporary works that often engage the landscape of this region in order to portray the artist's "Huron Roots." Please take the opportunity to view and enjoy this legacy from Susannah Lattimer, collected today for future generations to cherish.
Picturing Huron County: a retrospective exhibit of the Huron County Art Bank celebrates the works of regional artists - Paul Sholdice, Tristan Eekhoff, Ron Walker, Catherine Weber, Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, Gwen Smithers-Kiar, Madeleine Roske, William Creighton, Paul Carroll, Barbara McKnight, Paul Cousteils, Anne Laviolette, Barbara Grace and Elizabeth H. Carr.
Together for the first time ever, the works from the Huron County Art Bank are featured in this special exhibition on display at the Huron County Museum until September 2, 2012.