Bruce Gallery is getting ready to present “Alternate Visions: An Invited Curator Series” which will allow an “outside artist or curator to come in and choose a show from Edinboro University’s permanent collection,” Justus Cotterill, Bruce Gallery director said.
“The permanent collection is a large collection, which has some pretty nice work. The majority of the work is print work or two dimensional work, but there is work from Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Cristo, Jim Dine, Winslow Homer and Walter Kelley, just to mention a few. Then there is more contemporary work as well. It’s a good chance to get to see work that most often you have to drive to a larger city or museum to see,” Cotterill said.
Judy Barie, director of galleries at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, will be choosing the work to be displayed in the Bruce Gallery, Nov. 5 through Dec. 5. Cotterill mentioned that this is the first invited curator show, which he said will be held every two years.
“She [Judy Barie] has been at Chautauqua as the gallery director for over 11 years,” Cotterill said. “With that position, she is putting on shows every season. Every year, there is ‘The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art’ and they always have invited jurors from New York, California, all over the place. She has had a lot of experience assembling shows, so I though she would be a good first person to really look at a body of work and dissect what she wanted to do with it.”
Barie has also curated and held exhibitions of national artists in both the Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Gallery.
“American Landscape,” the selected theme, is an array of work that represents the places we inhabit and the spaces that surround us. “A lot of the work she selected had this kind of vision of where we’re in the space that we see; there’s not a lot of people per-say or portraits, it’s more landscape, area, space,” Cotterill said.
Cotterill mentioned that it was a three-step process that they went through to choose the final Gallery. “I met with her in Chautauqua at her office and emailed her thumbnails of the work. That whittled it down from hundreds of works to about 50, then she came here in person and went from that 50 down to the body of work that was selected for the show under the theme.”
This invited curator series is the first of its kind at Edinboro University. Cotterill talked about why he chose this series. “When you have a director, it can get stale if things are done from one perspective over and over again. Being able to go outside of the school and ask someone else to come in, who is seeing the work for the first time, and who is not familiar with the collection as much, they get kind of a fresher take on things. I thought it would be interesting to mix it up and to invite someone from outside and off campus to work with the gallery and put the show together.”
Art sale being held in Bruce Gallery this Christmas
From Dec. 8-10, the Art Club Christmas sale will also take place in the Bruce Gallery.
“I am working with all of the clubs now, we’re going to set the space up, invite students, faculty, administration and the public to come in and they can buy student work, maybe do some Christmas shopping early,” Cotterill said.
“This is the second year we’ve done this and now we have all the student clubs involved [and] before it was just a couple. [We have] metals, jewelry and metal sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, 3D sculpture, wood club and photography, so it’s pretty much all of the visual and fine arts that are going to be involved.”
“A little bit [of Christmas sale earnings] goes back to the gallery for upcoming exhibitions and shows, we take a very small amount, then the artists and clubs can divide up the rest amongst themselves.”
Future Bruce Gallery shows detailed
Cotterill also mentioned the first show back in the spring will be a printmaking show. “There is a national call out for printmaking on our website, for our spring printmaking show. We get submissions, we have an ongoing call for artists and people beyond school, whether they are midcareer artists or later-in-life artists, they contact us, then the board looks at CDs or slides of images and decides how we are going to put a season together.”
For more information, visit Brucegallery.info. “American Landscape” will be held Nov. 5 through Dec. 5 in Bruce Gallery, Doucette Hall. The reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5-7 p.m.
Anna Ashcraft is The Arts Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org