SPOKANE, Wash. – It’s Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary this year and Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum will celebrate by presenting two new fall exhibitions that will run concurrently in the Jundt Galleries. Exhibitions titled “Gift of the Artist” and “Ignatius of Loyola” open Sept. 14 and run through Dec. 14 in celebration of the diverse holdings in Gonzaga’s collection.
“Gift of the Artist” features a variety of works personally donated by artists to the University. These works include paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, and photographs. Sharing the gallery (in a separate, dedicated space) are 80 engravings based on work by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that celebrate the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). These engravings, made in 1609 (the year Ignatius was beatified), were a gift from the Jesuit Community to Gonzaga University in 1985. The engravings create a chronology of the seminal events in Ignatian spirituality.
“Thus these pictures can help form Ignatian-minded people in all their variety. Their audience is by no means confined to the breed of Jesuits as such, but includes millions of Ignatian-minded- and hearted people, inspired by his story to live his dynamic in all kinds and variety of life,” noted Rev. Billy Hewett, S.J.
The Gonzaga University Collection boasts gifts from artists dating back to 1964 when Rev. Louis H. St. Marie, S.J., a co-founder of the Gonzaga art department, received several prints by and from Henry Boyer de la Giroday. The Gonzaga University Collection was built around many of these donations and some have served as collection cornerstones. Many pieces were given as individual gifts, while other artists contributed work that represents a lifetime’s achievement. A recent gift from Montana artist/printmaker James Todd consists of more than 50 prints and drawings, dating from 1970 to 2009.
Among the artists featured in “Gift of the Artist” exhibition are: Elizabeth Dove, a printmaker, photographer, and professor at the University of Montana School of Art. Dove’s research and workshops on nontoxic printmaking techniques and the integration of digital technology with printmaking practices make her prints especially mysterious. Montana ceramicist Robert Harrison’s gift of “The Three Graces: Chinese Memories” reflects his interest in tile and ceramic sculpture. Michelle Forsyth, associate professor of art at Washington State University, combines gouache, a traditional material, with screen-printing and metallic sequins. A visiting artist to Gonzaga in 2006, Brad Brown’s gift of “Look Stains (2290-2292)” can be viewed from both the front and the back. Brown uses and reuses artwork that is numbered and catalogued so that each can be shown in inexhaustible combinations. The recipient of numerous awards, Maxine Martell is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who has donated more than 80 pieces of her own work and numerous pieces by other artists. She is a graduate of Holy Names College in Spokane. Kathleen Adkison’s paper stencil “Moss Wraith” also will be featured in the show. Many of Adkison’s prints were created at Gonzaga art department in the 1970s. Also in the exhibition are works by Maria Frank Abrams, Edward Cornachio, Margaret Gregg, Dirk E. Lee, Camille Patha, Harriet Sanderson, Theodore Waddell, Joanne Warfield, and Patti Warashina.
Continuing in the Arcade Gallery through Nov. 17, “Damn Everything but the Circus…,” highlights the Gonzaga University Collection of prints with a circus theme.
The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sundays and school holidays. For more information, please contact Karen Kaiser, interim director, at (509) 313-6613 or via email.