Posting Date: September 15, 2011
KSU Art Museum & Galleries loans artwork to Booth Museum
Several works are currently on loan to other museums
By Stephen Chamblee
Thomas Moran, (American, 1837-1926). Mountain Peaks-Snow Traces, n.d. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper; 10 x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 x 36.8 cm). Kennesaw State University, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Bentley, Sr., 2004.2.10.
As part of an ongoing initiative to strengthen ties with the local art community, the Art Museum and Galleries at Kennesaw State University is loaning four pieces from its permanent collection to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. The pieces will be displayed in the museum’s award-winning exhibition, “Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line III,” Sept. 24 to Feb. 12, 2012.
Inter-museum loans are an important way to fulfill the Art Museum and Galleries’ “mission to educate” and enrich the community, says KSU art collection manager Matthew Harper. On loan to the Booth Museum are works by Athos Menaboni, Thomas Moran, Thomas Hart Benton and Robert George Harris. The Menaboni piece is part of a major collection of more than 100 works by the artist, housed in KSU's Don Russell Clayton Gallery.
The Booth Museum houses the largest collection of western art in the United States, specializing in contemporary western art. Director of curatorial services, Jeff Donaldson, describes the “Sweet Tea Line III” exhibition as a survey of works "drawn primarily from collections in Georgia and the surrounding states."
Key pieces on loan from the KSU permanent collection to other exhibitions include a silver maple bowl by artist Edward Moulthrop to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art for their upcoming show "Moulthrop: A Southern Legacy: Three Generations of Woodturning." This exhibition opens Sept. 24 and is on display through Dec. 18. In addition, an ivory trumpet from the Democratic Republic of Congo is on long-term loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.
More partnerships are on the horizon for Kennesaw State’s art galleries. Loaning pieces from the permanent collection “is part of the effort to raise awareness about our museum and its collection,” explains Harper. With the upcoming expansion of the KSU Art Museum, students and patrons can expect such cooperation to progress as KSU's collection continues to grow. In its nearly 40 years of existence, Kennesaw State’s art collection has grown to consist of nearly 1,000 paintings, sculpture and works on paper dating from the late-15th century to the present.