Two current exhibitions in the art galleries feature undergraduate research. “Bring the War Home” is a class research project directed by Brandon Bauer, Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College. He describes this project as follows:
For this project we restaged and re-photographed an archival image of a Vietnam War protest that took place on the St. Norbert College campus in 1969. The project was inspired by class discussions about conceptual strategies contemporary artists use, including narrative approaches, staged documentation, and ideas of the cinematic in contemporary photography.
More about the “Bring the War Home” project can be read in the latest edition of St. Norbert College Magazine.
The Permanent Collection Gallery features a curatorial research project by Rebecca Swanson. She completed this project as part of her Research Fellowship in the Art Galleries. Rebecca chose two works from the St. Norbert Art Collection to research and analyze, an untitled work by Daniel Dickhut, founder of the St. Norbert College Art program and a painting by Juan Soriano, gifted to the collection by BMO Financial Group and Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Stop by the galleries the week of March 28-April 1 to check out these exhibits (the galleries are closed for Spring and Easter breaks this week). Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the academic year.
The Art Galleries at St. Norbert College will receive a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award is for $6000 to support the purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies for the St. Norbert College Art Collection. The project includes the purchase of shelving and storage equipment for sculpture, additional flat files for unframed works on paper and slotted storage for large paintings. It also includes the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment to assist us in monitoring the UV light, visible light, temperature and relative humidity in the galleries, collection storage area and other spaces on campus where art from the collection is displayed.
This is the second Preservation Assistance Grant awarded to the Art Galleries. The first was also a $6000 grant, awarded in 2013 in support of a Preservation Needs Assessment Survey of the Art Collection. The survey was completed in 2014 by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The survey included a list of short, medium and long term recommendations which we used to develop a preservation plan. The project currently being funded by the NEH was developed as part of this plan.
Other recent strides made in ensuring the preservation of the St. Norbert College Art Collection include the installation of a new climate control system in art collection storage facility, cataloging the collection using PastPerfect museum database software, and participating in a Museum Assessment Program Organizational Self-Study and Peer Review.
The permanent collection at St. Norbert College is comprised of approximately one thousand works of art. Works in the collection range from 13th c. illuminated manuscript pages to contemporary paintings and prints.
We are grateful to the NEH for its support of the humanities and the preservation of our cultural heritage.