This summer, the Art Museum presents The Water’s Fine, a group exhibition of five exceptional contemporary artists working in black-and-white photography and hyper-realistic painting, all who depict people in—or contemplating getting in—water. Participating artists include painter Samantha French (Brooklyn, NY), photographer Carl Kerridge (Myrtle Beach, SC), photographer Wayne Levin (Honolulu, HI), painter Matt Story (New York, NY) and painter Charles Williams (Charlotte, NC). What is it about being in water that gives us a natural high? For one, it’s the experience of that sense of the sublime—the quality of greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic—when one feels the smallness of oneself engulfed in endless view of the vastness of a large body of water. Such a feeling connects us back to nature– back to the basics– reminding us that we are lucky to be alive. Feelings of weightlessness, zen and complete freedom fill our hearts and minds as we float atop of and suspend our bodies in water, turning upside down and all around. All we have to do is hold our breath. This is the atmosphere we hope to achieve for our visitors when they come to experience The Water’s Fine this summer at the Art Museum. Museum guests can expect to see a variety of hyper-realistic, large-scale paintings and captivating black-and-white photographs of people depicted swimming, floating, diving into, contemplating getting into and even turning flips in bodies of water. Paintings will be grouped with photography in ways that present aesthetic relationships to one another in terms of their imagery, mostly in respect to the way the human figure is rendered under water. The Art Museum invites you to come on in…the water’s fine!