“They Shall Be Released,” featuring selections from some of the best known contemporary printmakers in the world, is now on display in the Allison Gallery on campus.
The exhibit, which will be on display through Oct. 17, features the work of such artists as Gabor Peterdi, Peter Milton, Leonard Baskin, Harvey Breverman, Misch Kohn, Frank Eckmair, Frederico Castellon, Dame Elizabeth Frink and Stanley William Hayter. The Allison Gallery is located on the first floor of the Rankin House, which is located across from the main campus beside Three Blind Mice on the Erwin Highway.
The remarkable artworks are from Tusculum College’s print collection and have not been on public display for more than a decade. Art professor Clem Allison compiled the collection of prints during his tenure at the college. Most were printed by small private English presses working with the artists, and the edition sizes were typically less than 300. The prints were rediscovered in the college’s printmaking studio by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art, and then cataloged.
The display is a project of nine Tusculum students in the Senior Portfolio and Exhibition course in the Art and Design program. The students chose the works for the exhibition, cut archival mats for each print, hung the prints in the gallery and are working to publicize the display and host a reception. The seniors will have to go through the same process for exhibits of their own work prior to graduation.
A reception for the exhibit will be held 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, featuring readings from Dr. Desirae Matherly and Elizabeth McDonnell.
Matherly is an assistant professor of English at Tusculum and serves as advisor to the Pioneer Frontier student magazine and as the nonfiction editor of “The Tusculum Review,” the college’s literary journal. She has a doctorate and master’s degree in creative writing, nonfiction from Ohio University. Her essays have appeared in several literary journals.
McDonnell is a 2011 graduate of Tusculum who excelled in the creative writing program at the college. She earned her master of fine arts in the discipline this past May from Chatham University with concentrations in creative non-fiction, travel writing and publishing. She served as editorial intern for Creative Nonfiction and Pittsburgh Quarterly. Currently, she is marketing intern at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Karns, where she is working not only as a writer and editor but is also learning more about design, fundraising and marketing.
The Allison Gallery is open daily from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.