Announcing the Contrasts that Complement Exhibition

The Whitaker Foundation proudly announces an exciting new exhibition celebrating the watercolor paintings of artists Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker.

The exhibition, Contrasts That Complement, pairs selected watercolors by National
Academicians and lifetime partners Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan
Whitaker, evoking a sometimes subtle and often dramatic dialogue between two
celebrated artists. From the exquisitely detailed architecture of Frederic’s Baroque
Facade, to Eileen’s exuberant rendering of Horton Plaza, this exhibition celebrates the
historical magnitude of both Whitakers’ contributions to the American watercolor
medium. Featuring some of Frederic and Eileen’s most iconic work, the watercolors
in the Contrasts That Complement traveling exhibition highlight the distinctive
voice of each artist in such a way that the paintings become counterparts, reflecting
a visual articulation of the Whitakers’ professional and personal relationship during
their lifetimes.

This exhibition was organized by The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan
Whitaker Foundation, in celebration of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. Established
in 1987 by Eileen Monaghan Whitaker, The Whitaker Foundation was created to
preserve her and her late husband Frederic Whitaker’s works and to promote the
American watercolor medium. Over the past three decades, the Foundation has
used innovative programs and technology to breath new life into the Whitakers’
legacy and inspire the next generation of watercolor artists. Some of this outreach
has included a comprehensive online exhibition of the Whitakers’ watercolors
through the Google Cultural Institute, publication in 2004 of the biographical book
Contrasts That Complement, the institution in 2014 of a bi-annual art scholarship
program to assist students majoring in art (watercolor emphasis) or art history/
museum studies, and savvy use of social media and the Foundation blog/website
to engage with artists, curators, collectors, and other watercolor enthusiasts from
around the world.