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Schick exhibition focus: How and why we live with art

October 25, 2012

Schick exhibition focus: How and why we live with art

October 25, 2012

Baule Mask
Baule mask, Ivory Coast, Africa, 
approximately 16 in. X 8 in.; owned
by David Seilor, director of visual

The Muse at Home, an exhibition of art from the personal collections of Skidmore arts faculty and staff, opens Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Schick Art Gallery on campus. An opening reception is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and several special events are planned in connection with the exhibition. 

The Muse at Home explores how and why we live with art, and the many ways art inspires our work. Participants range from thoughtful collectors of contemporary art to enthusiasts with one cherished piece, and include 27 Skidmore faculty and staff. Together they represent the Studio Art Department, Art History Department, Tang Museum, and the Scribner Library Visual Resources office. Works on view range from contemporary paintings to African textiles, and from illustrations by Saul Steinberg and William Steig to a Dresang stoneware teapot and an early 20th Century silver tea set. 

The exhibition includes excerpts of interviews conducted by Rebecca Shepard, curatorial assistant at the Schick Art Gallery, in which contributors talk about the art they own and how it relates to their endeavors. Related exhibit text and programming also includes discussion of the history of art collecting, and the many motivations of those who collect art today.

Participants are: Lisa Aronson, Ian Berry, Yvette Cortes, John Cunningham, Katie DeGroot, Ginger Ertz, John Galt, Deb Hall, Katie Hauser, Mimi Hellman, Megan Hyde, Elizabeth Karp, Trish Lyell, Doretta Miller, Deborah Morris, Victoria Palermo, Robert ParkeHarrison, David Peterson, Vicky Riley, Paul Sattler, David Seiler, Rachel Seligman, Rebecca Shepard, Joanne Vella, Kelly Ward, John Weber, and Matthew Wilt.

The Schick Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are from noon to 4 p.m. both days; the Schick Art Gallery is closed on academic holidays. Admission is free.

The Schick Art Gallery is pleased to partner with Saratoga Arts in hosting some of these events as follows:

Panel talk: Above (and Beyond) the Couch: How and why we live with art, with Katie Hauser, Elizabeth Karp, Trish Lyell, and Robert ParkeHarrison 

Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m., Schick Art Gallery

Four contributors to the exhibit - an art historian, a museum collections manager, and two artists – speak about the various motivations for collecting art, and how living with art enriches our lives.

Lecture: Inge Reist on Art Collecting in America

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Inge Reist, director of the Center for the History of Art Collecting at the Frick Collection, speaks on art collecting in America and how art collecting and patronage have influenced art history.

Panel talk:  Collecting in the Community

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m., The Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 

Artists, gallerists, and collectors share their experiences related to building collections of art by local and regional artists.

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