Prior to taking the helm as President of Hobart and William Smith, Mark D. Gearan held posts as director of the Peace Corps and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Clinton White House. During his many travels and residencies, he has gathered a collection of unique personal and visually interesting art. Beginning on March 30, the Davis Gallery at Houghton House will present, “Domestic to International: Art from the Home of President Mark Gearan.”
Five art collection interns sat down with President Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan to handpick the artwork that would be included in the exhibition. Each piece has a special meaning to the Gearans. The collection ranges from pieces the Gearan’s daughters have created to works collected during Gearan’s tenure with the Peace Corps, from works of HWS students to works from the collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
“The works include a broad spectrum of styles, origins and significance with pieces of all types from all over the world,” says Kathryn Vaughn, visual arts curator for the department of art and architecture. “The pieces demonstrate the Gearans’ commitment to the Colleges and their collections, and speak to the multicultural nature of both the Colleges’ President and the diversity and personal importance of art,”
The opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. “Domestic to International: Art from the Home of President Mark Gearan” will run through April 20. For more information contact Vaughn at 315-781-3483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.