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Tree Fantasy, 1951, by Merton D. Simpson (American, 1928 - 2013). 
Oil on Masonite, 21 3/4 x 17 7/8 inches. Museum purchase from State show. Image courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art.

Artist Spotlight: Merton D. Simpson and William M. Halsey

April 6, 2024 - August 18, 2024

Gallery 2 and 3


Focusing intently on small groups of works, the artist spotlight series features engaging profiles of artists held in the Gibbes permanent collection. The rotating series launches in April with Abstract Expressionist painters, Merton D. Simpson and William M. Halsey.  Both artists born and raised in South Carolina had long and successful careers in the arts—Simpson in New York and Halsey in Charleston.