“Your Year in Art,” a special exhibition of art from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith, will be on display at Houghton House during Reunion. Representing pieces created from 1941 to 2011, the featured works will range from prints and paintings to photographs.
The “Your Year in Art” exhibit will be open on Friday, June 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, June 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. An additional exhibit viewing will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 3, bringing together all classes for a live jazz performance and dessert reception with cash bar.
Among the featured artists are Raphael Soyer, Elliott Erwitt, Leon Golub and the late Donald Resnick ’49. Donors of the art include Paul Kalenik ’71, Resnick, J. R. von Reinhold Jamesson ’51, Arthur D. and Heather M. Oden Jones ’56 and Holly Adam ’81.
Visual Arts Curator Kathryn Vaughn P’08 says “Your Year in Art” was specifically designed for Reunion.
“I wanted to take them on a mini-tour of the year of their graduation as seen through pieces from the Hobart and William Smith Collections from 1941 to 2011 in five year intervals,” Vaughn says. “Each label will have a short précis of world events and one of HWS events for that year. I hope the art will trigger memories as well as new ideas for our former students.”
The Collections of Hobart and William Smith contain many original works of art in media such as drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, photography, and decorative objects. The Collections are particularly strong in works on paper from the 19th through the 21st centuries.
The Collections provide students, faculty, scholars, and the broader regional community the opportunity to study and enjoy original works of art. Pieces are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom, and research purposes. Students actively participate in all aspects of collection management, learning museum standards of art handling and registration, assisting with the installation of exhibitions and campus displays, as well as conducting research for curatorial purposes and educational programs.