The Olivet College visual arts program will present an exhibit showcasing the colleges art collection beginning Thursday, Aug. 28 through Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the campuss Barker-Cawood Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The nucleus of the colleges collection was started by Milton Horn, artist-in-residence at Olivet from 1938 to 1948, who along with a group of students generated funds to buy art for the college. Today, the collection consists of 245 pieces of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture ranging from the late 1300s through 1990s.
The collection is used as both an educational tool and enhancement of the campus. It is maintained by Olivets art program and students.
Though the college owns a diverse collection of artwork, a majority consists of art by Mary Armstrong, a professor of Greek, Latin and the classics at Olivet from 1920 to 1942. Some of the additional artists represented in the collection include Ernst Barlach, Richard Diebenkorn, Francisco Goya, Jean-Baptiste Grueze, Kathe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Georges Rouault, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard and Grant Wood.
For more information, call the Olivet College arts and communication department at (269) 749-7627.