Gallery G: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Sundays
Reception for Keffers: 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov,. 30
West Texas by Thomas Hart Benton
Manchester University gallery
features eclectic collection,
gems of well-known artists
A compilation of artwork from travelers Dr. Harry Keffer, a 1959 alumnus of Manchester University, and his wife, Dr. Jan Keffer, is featured in Gallery G on the North Manchester campus.
“The Keffer Collection” includes works from the walls and shelves of their homes in Indiana and Arizona as well as works the couple has donated to the University – many acquired during their extensive travels. The free exhibit runs Nov. 30 to March 8 in the upper Union gallery, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays when classes are in session.
Dr. Harry Keffer is retired from anesthesiology practice with Union Hospital in Terre Haute; Dr. Jan Keffer is retired from the IUPUI School of Nursing faculty. Both have lectured extensively on medical ethics. The public is invited to meet the art collectors at a reception 4 to 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30 in Gallery G.
Among the donated works featured in the show is a 20-piece portfolio of colored lithographs, Kingdom of Dreams, by Jacob Landau. “As most personal art collections – those inspired by a love of art – this assemblage is an eclectic one,” notes Ejenobo Oke, associate professor of art and coordinator of Manchester’s five galleries. “Nestled within this diverse collection are some real gems. The greatest strength of this exhibit stems from the fact it contains works by some very well-known, respected artists.”
“This exhibition gives our audiences the opportunity to view the works of some artists whose names we have read only in art history texts,” notes Oke. Visitors will find The Reader by Will Barnett, West Texas by Thomas Hart Benton, The Little Church by Johann Berthelsen, Untitled Artist’s Proof by Richard Joseph Anuszkiewicz and Blanche’s Island Bouquet by Billy Morrow Jackson.
Oils, watercolors, lithographs, etchings, serigraphs, drawings, a woodcut … the collection is diverse and engaging, enabling Gallery G visitors to make exciting comparisons between very different works.
The Keffers – who have bequeathed 90 percent of their estate to Manchester University – also have donated a gouache, engravings on paper and a bronze sculpture.
For information about Manchester University’s galleries, contact Ejenobo Oke at 260-982-5334. Private gallery appointments are available.