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The art of Watson House

Neil and Miriam Grabois’s love of the arts is obvious in every corner of Watson House. Their respect for the work of the faculty can be seen there as well. Prints, paintings, photographs and computer art by members, past and present, of the department of art and art history illuminate the walls of the president’s home. Books by faculty are also part of the decor, adding to an atmosphere that is at once inviting and impressive.

"We wanted to showcase faculty art," says Miriam Grabois. "We have talent and generosity among our working artists who are doing as well as teaching."

Says department chair John Knecht: "I think that the display of work in Watson House represents accurately the spirit and philosophy of Art and Art History as a program that is alive and involved in the art world on a professional, national and international scale. The work is varied and edgy beyond living room decoration. The Grabois use the collection to talk to the various, often distinguished, guests at Watson House."

Those guests — from students and campus visitors to the Society of Families and reuning classes — experience not just the hospitality of Watson House but also its art, the art of Colgate.

Lin Underhill's photographic work

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