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My Journey With Tony: James K. Ballinger: Canyon to Cornwall

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS TALK BEGINS AT 7:00 P.M.

2018 Speaker Series: "My Journey With Tony": James K. Ballinger: Canyon to Cornwall

Please join us for tea and biscuits and hear about the friendship that began when "a smiling, energetic and compact Englishman" walked into the Phoenix Art Museum and asked to show his large watercolor painting of the Grand Canyon to the Director.

Please note the change of time for this speaker series:

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Museum closed for event set up

6:30 p.m. - Doors open

7:00 p.m. - Talk begins

8:30 p.m. - Museum closes

The My Journey with Tony speaker series features friends and colleagues of Tony Foster who have either accompanied him on his painting journeys or who have been influential in the evolution of The Foster.


About James K. Ballinger

James K. Ballinger became Director Emeritus upon his retirement in 2015 following a forty year career at Phoenix Art Museum, 33 years as Director. While at the museum he also served as Curator of Collections, Curator of American Art, and Assistant Director. During his tenure the museum’s programmatic and economic growth was tenfold; and working with Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates the facility grew to almost 300,000 square feet as the largest general art museum in the Southwest.

Ballinger organized and supervised dozens of significant exhibitions relating to the American West covering the 19th and 20th centuries, many of which were accompanied by exhibition catalogues. In 1989, publisher Harry N. Abrams invited him to publish a monograph, Frederic Remington. He has made presentations on the West across America for over forty years.

Over the years, Ballinger served on the Advisory Boards of the Spencer Art Museum at his alma mater, The University of Kansas; the School of Art at Arizona State University; at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona; and, since its inception, the Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation in Palo Alto. He served in various capacities on the Board of the Association of Art Museum Directors, including as President. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts in Washington, D.C. with oversight of the National Endowment for the Arts. Phoenix Business Journal recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Arizona honored him with the Shelley Award at the Governor’s Arts Award annual celebration.

Since retirement, Ballinger worked as a special project assistant to the Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, for ten months and recently accepted a similar role with the Arizona Science Center. He has also turned attention to a forthcoming project on the art of and about Hoover Dam, including architecture, the influence of Native American art, and American artists and photographers from the the 1870s to today.


About Tony Foster

Born in Lincolnshire, England, artist-explorer Tony Foster finds inspiration in the wild places of the world, which he paints en plein air. Since 1982, he has undertaken a variety of watercolor “journeys”—painting projects based on a philosophical or environmental theme—that often involve multiple expeditions over many years. His subjects range from mountains, rivers, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and Arctic icebergs to such iconic natural areas as the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest.

Hiking, rafting, kayaking or canoeing to find the perfect painting site, then camping outdoors for weeks at a time to make his paintings, Foster frequently faces challenging weather and difficult conditions. His paintings, complete with diary excerpts and “souvenirs”, document his experiences in wilderness and his commitment to its preservation.


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