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July/August 2004 Newsletter



GALLERY DEDICATIONS

R.Douglas Grant Gallery & the Russell and Patricia Warner Gallery
Two galleries will be dedicated on Sunday afternoon, August 15, from 2:00 to 4:00pm , with great fanfare as the Midwest Museum of American Art launches itself into its next era of accomplishment. One gallery to be dedicated on the first floor will be named in honor of the late Russell Warner and his wife Patricia. Pat Warner has been a docent at the Midwest Museum since 1985 and an active member of the Psi lota Xi Sorority volunteers. Mrs. Warner decided in 2003 to endow a gallery in memory of her late husband and their life together as friends of the arts. The Russell and Patricia Warner Gallery will serve as a changing exhibition space for the museum's ongoing temporary exhibits programs.
The second dedication will be in honor of the R. Douglas Grant Family. Doug and Barbara Grant have been antique and art collectors for many years. Their bequest of the largest private collection of art pottery by the Overbeck sisters of Cambridge, Indiana, will be a huge drawing card for future patrons of the Midwest Museum. The R. Douglas Grant Family Gallery , newly outfitted with wall-showcases and located on the second floor, will house 211 pieces of art pottery, handmade clay figures, and drawings and painting by the four Overbecks who started their business in 1904 (officially opening in 1911). The charming collection reaches back to days of innocence and in the history of the art pottery movement coincides with an important era of American and Indiana history. The marvelous collection will continue to grow with future bequests.

25 Years of the Elkhart Juried Regional: An Historic Survey of Award Winning Works from the Permanent Collection
For the part 25 years the Midwest Museum of American Art has been collecting come of the best examples of contemporary art produced by artists living in a 21-county area through its annual competition, The Elkhart Juried Regional. Since its inception, the exhibition has showcased the most current offerings by several thousand Michiana artists. In its most recent history the exhibit has become the largest cash awards show in the state of Indiana through the benevolence of Purchase Award Patrons. For its art, The Midwest Museum has offered the top award as a set sum of money to purchase the judges' selection as Best of Show for its permanent collection. The exhibition, :25 YEARS of the Elkhart Juried Regional" , will open on July 16 and continue through August 29 . It will showcase 27 works of art which have received the Alice Skoglund Memorial Best of Show honors as well as works receiving Memorial Purchase Awards selected by Museum Staff in Memory of Louise J. Anes of South Bend, Harold Wiswell of Elkhart, Jeanne Derbeck of South Bend, and Mary feddersen of Elkhart. The monies provided by the families and friends of these indivuals have enabled the Midwest Museum to purchase an additional 16 works of art, bringing the total assembly of peices to 43. The exhibition promises to be an enlightening historical survey of art world trends affecting the local color and vision of artists in our area. it is an exciting primer for the upcoming call for entries this fall and will most certainly delight visitors with a variety of paintings, scu;pute, mixed media works, and photographs. A Special Series of Gallery Talks will be held during the period to focus on some of the area's most important artists and cultural contributors. This exhibition and Gallery Talks are underwritten by Warrick & Boyn, Attorneys .

Museum Members and Guests are invited to attend the Gallery Dedications and A Special Ceremony to commemorate the bronze bust of the late Founding Trustee, Dr. Richard D. Burns on Sunday afternoon, August 15th, 2004. I.U.S.B. Professor of Art Emeritus, Harold "Tuck" Langland, will speak at 2:30pm.


ART CAMP FOR CHILDREN!
The leader for the 5-day Art Camp will be Mr. Tom Grove , Art Educator from Central High School. Art Camp is held at the Midwest Museum beginning Monday, July 26th, through Friday, July 30th . Students will be involved with the FUNdamentals of art, learning about line, shape, & textures while creating their own exciting compositions!
Times for specific age groups are as follows:
Ages 5 - 7 years...meet from 10:30am to 12:00noon.
Ages 8 - 12 years...meet from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. FEES: $50.00/ student for the week. call 293-6660 today!


GREAT ART CAMP FOR TEENAGERS! The leader for the 5-day Art Camp will be Patrice Bovo , award winning Artist and Art Educator from South Bend. This Art Camp is held at the Midwest Museum beginning Monday, August 2nd, through Friday, August 6th . Students will be involved in creative mixed media projects.
Ages 13 - 17 years...meet from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
FEES: $50.00/student for the week
. Call 293-6660 today!


CATALOGUE PRODUCTION UPDATE... The Catalogue of the Permanent Collection which will include a comprehensive listing of all work owned by the Midwest Museum of American Art and their subsequent donor/collectors is on target for release in early Fall 2004. Final preparations are underway to begin proofing and printing. More information will be available in the next issue of this bulletin.

NOON TIME TALKS!! A variety of Gallery Talks featuring topical issues. FREE every Thursday at 12:20pm.

TRIBUTES:
The Midwest Museum of American Art gratefully acknowledges gifts in honor or in memory of special friends. Notes of acknowledgment are snet by the Museum to those honored or to the families of those memorialized. Recent memorials include:
In Memory Of Dr. Richard D. Burns, Founding Trustee
by Brian & Lisa Byrn, Wendell & Marty Culp, George & Barbara Thomas, Dr. Douglas & Kay Stanley, Staff of Dr, Douglas Stanley & Dr. Linda Burns, Linn A Crull and Whitinger & Whitinger & Compant, Dennis, Wenger & Abrell, David & Maria Solow, Mr. & Mrs. Julius J. Anderson, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin P. Smith, Mr. & Mrs. James P. Carey, Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Kellems, Drs. Marlin & Mary Ann Creasy, Larry Holloway, Francis & Marie Kennard, Willian R. Daniel, Mrs. D. D. WIlliams, Drs. Terry Bryant & Liz Elliott, Jeanne Batten, Jack & Karen Cittadine, Mary C. Helvey, Dorothy Hemphill, Dr. & Mrs. Max Gerber, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Beitelshees, Lochmandy Motors, I. U. Alumni Club of Elkhart County, Mark & Jennifer Abrell, Max & Linda Abrell, Bob & Peggy Weed, John & Patricia Bickart, Tom & Dottie Corson, Jerry & Joy McDowell, Hillcroft Serviced, Inc., Tara, Scott, Madison & Gehrig Smallstrig, Craig & Connie Fulmer, Robin & Luann Yoder, Muncie Heritage Medical Group, Muncie family Services Board & Staff, Muncie Central High School, Delaware Couty Convention & Tourism Commission, Ron & Susan Neher, Philip & I. June Holloway, Stuart & Trudy Basquin, Dr. Wesley Mark & Mary Harder, Willard & Ginnie Chester, and John & Jennifer Ball

Ray Barbour by Jane Burns
Dr. Max Bechtold by Fred & Judy Bechtold
Phyllis Cormican by Dick & Anne Treckelo
George Currier by Paul & Betty Thomas
Jayne Dille by Jeanne Batten, Jane Burns
Dorothy A. J. Katt by Jean Borneman, Jane Burns, and Gordon & Jackie MacKenzie
Frank Lorentz by Jane Burns, brian & Lisa Byrn, and Wendell & Marty Culp
Ernest Ortiz by Paul & Betty Thomas
Mildred Sackett by Dorothy Bedell
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