Estill Curtis Pennington is a native of Kentucky and resides in Paris, Kentucky. He has held positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. While at the New Orleans Museum of Art he was the research curator of American painting.
He is employed by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. He curates their Center for the Study of Southern Painting. The Morris Museum of Art was founded by William S. Morris III, and was chartered in 1985 as a nonprofit foundation. The Center for the Study of Southern Painting is a reference and research center and home to more than 9,500 periodicals of art history and southern art and culture, as well as more than 2,100 files on artists whom have worked in the South.
Mr. Pennington has written many essays and articles over the years for a variety of publications, including catalogues for the Arthur Roger Gallery, and currently for Southern Painting. His book Downriver: Currents of Style in Louisiana Painting 1800-1950 was initiated by the New Orleans Museum of Art. The book examines the effects of national and international themes and trends on Louisiana painting. It includes portraits as well as landscapes.
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