Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Randolph College celebrates 100th anniversary of the Annual Exhibition

Randolph College will celebrate the 100th Annual Exhibition with a special opening event Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.

The exhibition--the longest running series of original exhibitions of contemporary art staged by an academic institution in the United States--features an impressive line-up of important American artists, that includes David Bates, Jake Berthot, Lee Bontecou, Richard Estes, Sam Gilliam, Alexis Rockman, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, Joan Snyder, Donald Sultan, John Walker, and William Wiley.

The 2011 exhibition will be held in the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College from Sept. 2 through Dec. 10. An additional exhibition features a dozen works that were purchased by the College from previous Annual Exhibitions. Among the artists represented in this companion exhibition are Joseph Cornell, Ben Shahn, and John Sloan.

In addition to a catalogue for the 2011 exhibition featuring the exhibited works by contemporary artists, the College will also publish a full-color, hardcover, illustrated timeline catalogue of the 100-year history of the Annual Exhibition. Virginia M. Mecklenburg, a granddaughter of Carrie Crane Kearney (Class of 1915) has written the catalogue's introduction. She will also moderate a panel discussion by several of the exhibition's featured artists for the 20th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.