The Colgate Scene
July 2001
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Art from alumni collections

  Headed up by Howard Ellins '73, the exhibition committee of "Colgate Collects" is seeking alumni and families who would be willing to lend works of art for a major campus show drawn from private collections. The exhibition will open in September 2002.

     The exhibition committee met on campus in May and approved a schedule for developing the exhibition. By December, the committee expects to have in hand photographs of possible loans, and in January 2002, it will begin to make selections and to develop the exhibition theme. "Colgate Collects" will be on view at the newly renovated Picker Art Gallery, and an illustrated catalogue will accompany the show.


Architect's drawing of renovated Picker Gallery


     Members of the exhibition committee are either collectors themselves or professional art historians. All are alumni eager to see Colgate take its place as a center for the arts. Physically, Colgate is more than ready for such a move: Little Hall and the Eric J. Ryan Studio, the Paul J. Schupf Studio Art Center and the Picker Art Gallery -- where expansion and renovation are underway -- provide both a sumptuous and a practical setting for the study, making and viewing of the fine arts.

     The committee hopes that the show will not only display the eclectic tastes and discriminating standards of Colgate families, but will also alert students to the pleasures of looking at and collecting art. Ellins notes, "I had no idea, when I was an undergraduate, that I would become a collector of art." Based on past loans and gifts of artworks from the Colgate community, Picker Art Gallery Director Dewey F. Mosby anticipates "a fabulous array of objects." Honorary chairs for "Colgate Collects" include Dr. Luther W. Brady H'88 and Paul J. Schupf '58, collectors whose generous gifts have greatly enhanced the arts at Colgate, and Jill Medvedow '76, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

     The Picker Art Gallery, accredited by the American Association of Museums, will be responsible for shipping, insuring and installing the works. The Picker staff has vast experience with organizing and hosting loan exhibitions from such institutions as the Amsterdams Historisch Museum in the Netherlands, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

     If you collect paintings, prints, sculptures or photographs seriously and would be willing to be a lender to "Colgate Collects," or if you have questions about the planned exhibition, please call a member of the committee. -- Lynn Staley, Harrington and Shirley Drake professor of the humanities; chair, Picker Art Gallery Advisory Board.


Members of the Exhibition Committee: William P. Carl '74, Lisa Norris '83, Howard A. Ellins '73, Marlisa Post Mizerak '92 and Russell C. Wilkinson '70


"Colgate Collects" exhibition committee

Dr. Dewey F. Mosby, Director, Picker Art Gallery, 315-228-7634
Howard A. Ellins '73 (committee chair), Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell, NYC, Colgate trustee, 212-450-4248
Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron '65, Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 713-639-7343
William P. Carl '74, President, William P. Carl Fine Prints, Northampton, MA, 413-584-7020
Elizabeth Caffry Frankel '87, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, 323-954-1825
Marlisa Post Mizerak '92, Former Curator of Education, Kreeger Museum, Independent consultant, Denver, CO, 970-524-7076
Dr. Lisa Norris '83, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 610-370-1367
Dr. Alan E. Salz '75, Director, Didier Aaron Inc., NYC, 212-988-5248
Russell C. Wilkinson '70, President, Villore Fund, NYC, Colgate trustee, 212-228-1637
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