By Amy Wells
Prints from the Print Club of Cleveland
Print Club Cleveland members and longtime Athens residents R. Budd and Janet Kelsey Werner's donation of 50 prints from their personal collections are now the feature of a Kennedy Museum of Art exhibit.
"The exhibit is incredibly rich in terms of imagery," said Edward Pauley, the John B. and Dareth A. Gerlach Director of the Kennedy Museum of Art. "The prints are a mixture of both color and black-and-white and abstract and representational images from a group of select and very well known artists with varying styles."
Beginning Friday, the exhibit showcases the prints, which were issued to the Cleveland Museum of Art annually from 1964 to 2007. Visitors have the opportunity to marvel at a broad range of prints from a variety of impressive artists including Bridget Riley, Will Barnet, April Gornik and Victor Vasarely.
"To have every print issued between 1964 and 2007 is a great way to show the history of the Print Club of Cleveland," said Jeff Carr, the museum's registrar.
The Print Club of Cleveland is dedicated to enriching the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and generating an interest in printmaking among the general public. Annually, the club commissions and publishes a presentation print by an influential artist.
Adding to the Kennedy Museum's already notable print collection, the donation helps to fill in gaps of content and introduce many new artists to the collection, Carr said.
The exhibit will be on display through April 5. A public opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Selections from the Permanent Collections
The Kennedy Museum of Art also has put its permanent collections on display and is asking for feedback.
The new exhibit displays a wide cross-section of works representing the individual collections within the museum's holdings. Weavings, prints, ceramics, photographs, paintings, mixed media and jewelry infusing American, African and Native American cultures are among the offerings in the show.
Through May, visitors are encouraged to submit their personal interpretations of select pieces online.
"In acknowledging this year's theme of citizenship in the College of Fine Arts, part of being a productive citizen is participation," Pauley said. "Why not let our public participate when it comes to interpreting works of art. It also lets us know what visitors get out of their experience at the museum."
To contribute interpretations to the museum's blog, it is recommended that visitors view the entire exhibition. Works selected for public interpretation are notated with a symbol on the label. All respectful points of view are welcome.
The exhibition will be ongoing, with works being changed periodically so that additional works from the museum's collections may be display.
Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Parking and admission are free. Visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.
Students design sketchbooks that reflect Athens
School of Art graphic design students received some professional practice and are now reaping the rewards from their junior studio art class.
Led by Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Cindy Malon, the class was charged with creating a product. The result is a collection of wire-bound sketchbooks featuring six different covers that portray aspects of the Ohio University and Athens communities.
"The influence the university or community has had on the students is visible in each cover," Malon said. "The students whose work was chosen for a cover each wrote an artist's statement that addresses their inspiration."
The students were required to give a formal presentation of their idea to a panel that included faculty, practicing artists and marketing administrators. Panel participants offered questions, comments and suggestions that have helped make the project a success.
"It was great practice for when they go out into the industry," Malon said. "It teaches them that every presentation they do should be considered a professional presentation."
The books are such a hit that the students sold out of their first 150 and are on the second printing. Proceeds from the books benefit the students' senior BFA exhibition -- a requirement for graduation. To keep production costs low, the students traveled to the printer in Toledo and spiral-bound the books by hand.
Sketchbooks are $9 each. Images of the six covers along with the artists' statements can be seen at www.finearts.ohio.edu/pages/news/student_sketchbooks.htm. To purchase a book, please contact Betsy Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Parris at email@example.com.
Other arts events for this week include:
- The School of Music presents the Ohio University Wind Ensemble performing its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.
- The School of Art invites the community to the opening of its latest exhibit, "Asphalt: Poetics of the Surface by Nelson Hippolyte," at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center 405. The exhibit runs through March 7. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
- The School of Music Percussion Ensemble presents the music of John Cage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall in Glidden Hall. Admission is free.