Dining Room Still Life, 1998

Oil on Panel

Will South


Will South served as the Curator of Collections for the Weatherspoon Art Museum from 2000 until 2008. He received his doctorate in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1994. He currently serves as the Chief Curator for the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

South painted Dining Room Still Life in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, just prior to his move to North Carolina. It was a time of transition and great change. “Something as simple as a flower in a clear glass vase can remind you of how vibrant things are around you, how alive even when you’re not looking. That’s an interesting thing about still life: you look long and hard at simple, ordinary things as you paint, and get reacquainted with the world around you.”

Dr. South published two books in 2008: In Nature’s Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt for the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, and A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles for the Pasadena Museum of Art. Other publications include Color, Myth & Music: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Synchromism for the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2001; California Impressionism for Abbeville Press, 1998; and Guy Rose: American Impressionist, 1995, for the Oakland Museum of Art.