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Augustana College Art Museum to display Liberal Arts through the AGES

November  01, 2012

From November 13, 2012, through February 9, 2013, the Augustana College Art Museum will present an exhibition whose catalog, Liberal Arts through the AGES:

William Wendt (1865-1946), Two boats on water with cloudscape, n.d., oil on canvas, 20 x 24-1/16", Gift of Alex Adelman and Robert Ubillus through the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, Augustana College Art Collection.

Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012-2013, has become a national model for art history education. Complemented by the art museum exhibition, this first-year textbook corresponds with AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) courses during the 2012-13 winter term.

Drawn primarily from the college's art history teaching collection, especially featuring the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Collection, the book critically examines artwork on exhibit through an unprecedented collaboration of 210 essays. Half of these are written by faculty in disciplines ranging from astronomy to zoology, as well as administrators, including the president and the dean of the college. The other half are written by alumni and current students, representing most college majors and minors, from the classes of 1987-2014. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and professor of art history, is creator, editor and faculty curator for this project.

New this year is a music CD, designed by Associate Professor of Music Dr. Frederick Jaeschke in collaboration with Dr. Goebel and music faculty, to complement the catalog and exhibition. The CD pairs some book and exhibition images with music related in style and context. For example, a dreamily brushed water scene by William Wendt is paired with a composition by Debussy. From the liner notes: "Like Impressionistic painting, Impressionistic music gained much of its inspiration from aquatic themes." The CD project was supported by the Department of Art History, the Department of Music, the Augustana College Humanities Fund Committee, the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, the Augustana College Art Museum and the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection.

The catalog, exhibition and CD set examine artwork dating from ancient through contemporary times, including many diverse cultures across six continents. The catalog is the fifth in seven years Dr. Goebel has published on behalf of the AGES program, and is a much larger edition than the one featured in 2011. Dr. Goebel's professional presentations regarding this publication have been enthusiastically received at the Oxford Round Table, Association for General and Liberal Studies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and College Art Association, among others. She also has been invited to consult colleges and universities across the country toward creating similar collections and programs.

This project is primarily supported by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts to reinforce its community engagement mission by continuing to furnish all books free-of-charge to faculty, students, local and international communities. Additional assistance is provided through the Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Department of Art History and the Augustana College Art Museum, as well as key donors who have kindly lent and gifted pieces. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Goebel in collaboration with Augustana College Art Museum Director Sherry Maurer and faculty teaching in the 2012-13 AGES program. The books, CD and exhibition posters were designed by Beth Ducey, secretary for the art museum and art history department. Several related public programs will be held:

Sunday, November 18, 8 to 9 p.m.  Art Beat with WAUG  

Enjoy a social hour in the Augustana College Art Museum featuring a live music broadcast with students of WAUG Radio.

Saturday. January 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Exhibition Tour of Art Museum: Relating Music and Visual Art through the AGES

Relationships between artwork, catalog texts, and music will be informally discussed among Augustana College faculty members Dr. Daniel Culver, Dr. Deborah Dakin, Dr. Catherine Goebel and Dr. Frederick Jaeschke.

The Augustana College Art Museum is located at the entrance to Centennial Hall on the northwest corner of the intersection of 7th Avenue and 38th Street, Rock Island. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. There is no admission charge. Public parking is available in the lot on the east side of Centennial Hall/Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. More information is available during weekday hours at 309-794-7231 or at augustana.edu/artmuseum. The art museum will be closed during holiday breaks, November 22-26 and December 14-January 7.

Lauren Reid
Manager, Performance Tours and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7323
laurenreid@augustana.edu