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Personal Dimensions: Five Donors Who Helped Shape the Collection


The Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, presents Personal Dimensions: Five Donors who Helped Shape the Hamilton College Collection, from June 21 through August 18 in the North and South Galleries.
 
The Hamilton College Collection is rich in personal dimensions.  Accumulated mostly through alumni donations, it embodies the attitudes and perceptions that have characterized Hamilton education for 200 years.  Although the Collection has roots in the nineteenth century it was only in 1982, when the Emerson Gallery opened, that the College began to systematically collect works of art and material culture.  This exhibition highlights the contributions of five donors: William Roehrick '34, Philip Abell '57, Omar Pound '51, James Dunn '36, and Easton Pribble, who generously supported Hamilton's initial efforts.  By blending their personal collecting goals with those of the institution, they helped shape the Hamilton College Collection and lay a foundation for collecting in the new century.

Highlights of Personal Dimensions are a rare selection of 20th century British art contributed by William Roehrick and Omar Pound, including important works by Graham Sutherland, Henry Moore, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Dorothy Shakespear.  The choice of works from the James Dunn Collection features American artists Marsden Hartley, Ralston Crawford, and David Smith.  Featured is a painting by Easton Pribble and prints he donated to the collection.   This event also includes the Philip Abell collection of more than 12 small-scale animal bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye and his followers. 

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