Posting Date: December 10, 2010

KSU presents modern and contemporary art exhibition

Art students directly involved in researching and preparing

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or

Michael Goldberg. "Spannocchia IX," 1988.
Gift of Richard and Judy Marks.

KENNESAW, Ga.An exhibition of 35 modern and contemporary works from the Kennesaw State University Art Museum's permanent collection will open on Jan. 10 in the Don Russell Clayton Gallery in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The exhibition, “Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection,” is curated by KSU Associate Professor of Art History Diana McClintock and includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Thomas Hart Benton, Viola Frey, Michael Goldberg, Everett Shinn, Joe Zucker, N.C. Wyeth and others. The exhibition and accompanying catalog feature research and writing by KSU visual arts students.

Matthew Harper, art collection coordinator, explains, “Dr. McClintock chose the works and selected students from one of her classes, who were able to choose works from the collection that they were interested in researching. At the end of their research, the students wrote a short catalogue entry for the work they researched. This is the first exhibition at KSU in which students have been directly involved in researching and preparing content for the show. This is a great example of a service learning project for students and how the collection can be used as a teaching tool.”

Also as part of the installation, the large “Leaning Man III” sculpture by Viola Frey has been relocated from the Student Center to the Clayton Gallery. This is the first time in a decade it has been moved.

The KSU permanent collection of art includes hundreds of works. The university is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to complete Phase II of the Art Museum to provide more exhibition and archival facilities for the collection. The campaign was spurred by a $2 million challenge gift from Bernard Zuckerman, widower of Georgia sculptor Ruth Zuckerman whose work is prominently featured in the collection and in this select exhibition. To meet Zuckerman's challenge, the university must raise another $1 million by May 2011.

The opening reception for “Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection” is on Jan. 27 from 5-8 p.m. in the Clayton Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 770-499-3223.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.



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