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Windgate Visual Arts West
IN THE GALLERY:
"The Hutcheson Collection: From the Eye of an Artist"
"I believe that art is a journey but you never reach your destination because, with every painting, you learn new lessons." -Dede Hutcheson
The JBU Visual Arts Department is honored to host the exhibit, The Hutcheson Collection: From the Eye of an Artist, which represents Bill and Dede Hutcheson’s collection of paintings by some of the masters of figurative painting both in the US and in Europe. This collection, which is being exhibited for the very first time, includes forty-seven paintings by such notable artists as Richard Schmid, John Asaro, Kevin McPherson, Raymond Kinstler, Dan McCaw, Burton Silverman, Charles Sovek, Camille Przewodek and Matt Smith .
Charles Peer, JBU Gallery Director said, ““This is a very unique opportunity to view a collection of paintings collected by one individual, Dede Hutcheson. Mrs. Hutcheson, an artist in her own right, has gotten to know most of the artists through exhibitions and visits to their studios. She has also studied with a number of them including MacPherson, Roberts, Przewodek and Peggi Kroll Roberts. Through her love for oil painting, and particularly working en plein air, she has developed a passion for color and for the expressive brushstroke. Her keen aesthetic judgment, along with her interest in figurative artwork, is reflective in this collection - the pieces she has chosen to surround herself with on a daily basis. Although there is a great variety in style, subject and media, her personal perspective adds a wonderful unity to the exhibit.” Peer added, “One element that I believe gives a rich insight into the eye of an art collector is that each painting is accompanied with a statement on how she came to own the piece and/or what she finds particularly wonderful about the work.”
“I know that will be an exhibit that will appeal to everyone. It is a joy to be able to host artwork of this quality for the purposes of inspiring our students to find their own voice in the artwork that they feel connected to and to striving for the highest of quality. It is also a collection that each member of the community will find beautiful and enriching.”, said Peer.
The ground floor of the Windgate Visual Arts West building houses a generous gallery room, capable of hosting a variety of shows. The lighting is perfect and the open space creates a great environment for receptions held at the opening of all new galleries (always including great food!). John Brown University has a wide variety of amazing artists in the upcoming gallery shows, and has hosted prominent shows such as Tim Ernst, the St. John's Bible, and Makoto Fujimura. The gallery also hosts many of John Brown University's finest local artists, faculty and students. We also have a Student Gallery in our other building, Windgate Visual Arts East. This features the work of JBU students in solo and collaborative shows.