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MUW Permanent Collection show features 'Collections Within the Collection'

Posted by website director | August 16, 2012 / 05:27pm | Local News, Education
COLUMBUS, Miss.-- with selections from the Permanent Collection.

The show is unique because it focuses on "Collections Within the Collection."

"We are using this theme because it allows the gallery to highlight some works that will be new to our students and to our regular visitors as well as allowing us to put a focus on some more familiar works that have not been shown recently," said Alex Stelioes-Wills, gallery director.

The collections that are being displayed include Ukiyo-e prints (Hiroshige and a Hokusai), Works Progress Administration prints (Basil Hawkins, Hugh Botts and Maybel W. Jack), a selection of works representing MUW's history in the arts (Ralph Hudson, Eugenia Summer, Dr. Evelyn Stringer, Larry Feeney and Thomas Nawrocki), a selection of the screen print collection, Cityscapes, a selection of the Copeland collection (Walter Anderson and the Anderson family) and a selection of big names (including Kathe Kollwitz, Pierre Bonnard and Alberto Giacometti).

Stelioes-Wills, said, "The highlighting of the Copeland collection and the selection of works from past MUW faculty and students contributes to this effort of building and strengthening ties with the people and communities who have supported the Department of Art and Design for 40 years."

He added the exhibition is a preview of the primary theme of the upcoming spring season, outreach, which will include the Community College Faculty Show, the Congressional High School Competition, the Alumni Juried Show and the Kappa Pi exhibition.

"We start every gallery season with an exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection because it is part of our service to our students, the campus and the community," Stelioes-Wills said.  "The Permanent Collection is an important teaching tool for the Department of Art and Design. Faculty members bring their classes to the exhibition to discuss the works. For the campus and for the community this is a chance, once a year for people to see a real Matisse, or a real Chagall or a real Marie Hull."

"Very few small public universities have art collections of such breadth," he added.

The Eugenia Summer Gallery maintains the MUW Permanent Collection, a collection of nearly 1,000 works of art. The gallery director and student assistants are responsible for storing, organizing, cataloguing, restoring, presenting and exhibiting works in the permanent collection. MUW's Department of Art and Design started collecting artwork in the 1940s.

Stelioes-Wills will highlight some of the works in the collection at a gallery talk on Monday, Aug. 20, 12:10-12:50 p.m. Punch and chips will be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch. "Collections Within the Collection" ends Thursday, Sept. 6.

The Eugenia Summer Gallery is located on the southwest corner of the MUW campus, directly east of the Stark Recreation Center. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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