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Pollack’s ’55 Collection on Display

Featuring prints, drawings and photographs of the 20th and 21st centuries, “Audubon to Warhol: Two Centuries of American Art on Paper” is on display in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House through April 22. The exhibit was curated by HWS’ art interns and showcases the collection of Edward T. Pollack ’55.

The exhibit emphasizes movements such as Social Realism and Mid-Century Modernism, and features works by both prominent and lesser known American artists, including those who were or are African American, women and members of the LGBT community.

“I wanted to have things that are interesting in their own right, but I also wanted to have things where people might have name recognition,” Pollack explains. “I also wanted to have things that have value and prestige, and something that would give a sufficient kind of representation of the art of those years.”

Pollack loaned close to 100 pieces to the Davis Gallery for the exhibit. Pollack runs a gallery in Portland, Maine, which specializes in American and European works from the 19th century to the present. His fine art and book retail business, Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, is conducted at the gallery as well as online, at art and book shows in the Northeast, and through private contacts.

Pollack earned his B.A. in English and philosophy from Hobart College. While on campus, he was a dean’s list student, was active in the Herald and the Board of Control. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. A longtime supporter of the Colleges, Pollack made the generous donation of five sketches in 2013 as an emblematic gesture toward a legacy gift to HWS, in which he intends to donate other pieces from his collection.

“The Colleges are my go-to place for stuff like this,” says Pollack. “I had my education here, and I would say this fairly unreservedly, that pretty much everything I know I learned here – or, I learned how to learn it here.”

The spring lineup for the Davis Gallery will conclude with “Studio Work from 2015-2016,” featuring artwork from the Colleges’ art and architecture students. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., and will be on display through Friday, May 13.

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