The Albion College Art Collection includes 2,500 fine prints and over 500 art objects from around the world. The fine print collection dates from the 15th century and includes work by Rembrandt, Durer, Hogarth, Cezanne, Degas, Picasso, Grant Wood, Rouault, Hiroshige, Quick-to-See-Smith, Dine, Hockney, and Rauschenberg. The art and artifact collection is strong in Arts and Crafts glass and pottery, North American Indian, and arts from across Asia.
These collections are used extensively by faculty in and outside of the Art and Art History Department. Native American Art and The History of Prints are two courses that focus on pieces from our collection and allow students first-hand access to pieces. Student research and writing have formed the basis of several publications; the most recent is Images of Women(PDF, 3.7 MB); others include Philip C. Curtis Sound and Silence, and H. C. Westermann: Tradition and Resistance. Many pieces from the collection have been the subject of student honors theses or individual research projects.
Art from the collection has comprised exhibitions at Albion and beyond, including "African Art: Ritual, Power, Life, Sound," "Silence: the Art of Philip Curtis, Restoration, Contemporary Prints," and the 2012 exhibition "Native American Art." Prints are regularly exhibited in the Martha Dickinson Gallery, often highlighting areas of special strengths and reinforcing existing courses . The exhibitions "The Political in Print," "Images of Women," "The Language of Landscape," "American Prints from 1900-1950," and "Japanese Prints from the Edo Period" have supported courses including "Art as Political Action," "Women in Art," "American Art," and "The History of Prints."
Department of Art and Art History Diversity Statement
The Department of Art and Art History at Albion College is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment to individuals of diverse ethnic, religious or racial backgrounds, geographic and cultural origins, class status, sexual orientation and to those of all physical abilities. We believe that individual expression in the form of artistic creation, analysis, and dialogue is essential to the maintenance of human life and the creation of a humane and just society. To this end we will:
Maintain facilities that are accessible to all.
Attempt to include within our curriculum broad perspectives.
Encourage artistic creation and analysis that reflects a diversity of viewpoints and individual experiences.
Provide in our galleries and collections of prints, objects, and other visual materials art work that reflects the broadest spectrum of the human experience.
Provide opportunities for advanced study that explores issues of diversity.
Cooperate with other areas of the College to further the diversity efforts of the institution.
Bobbit Visual Arts Center 2010-11 Exhibition Schedule
The Art and Art History Department conducts a continuous exhibition program during the academic year. Art from collectors, artists and regional museums is exhibited regularly and the shows are augmented with selections from the College's permanent collection as well as the work of the art faculty and students.
Munro Gallery: Jill Marie Mason Dickinson Gallery: Prints from the Albion Collection
Munro Gallery: Rory Golden & Tim Donaldson Dickinson Gallery: Prints from the Albion Collection
Saturday, January 22
Saturday, February 19
Munro Gallery: Lisa Iglesias Dickinson Gallery: Prints from the Albion Collection
Saturday, February 26
Saturday, March 26
Albion College Senior Art Majors Exhibition
Saturday, April 2
Saturday, April 30
Monday - Thursday
*Galleries are closed on Sunday and during all College breaks and Holidays
Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence Program
Philip C. Curtis, '30, in 1950
The Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence program is named for the American Surrealist painter, Philip C. Curtis, ‘30. The program was started by his college friends Russell and Wanda Babcock in 1991 during a large Curtis retrospective exhibition in the Elsie Munro Gallery at Albion College. Through the generosity of the Babcocks, the Department of Art and Art History brings artists to campus for periods of time ranging from six weeks to a full semester. Depending on the length of stay, we bring one to three artists here per year. The artists are chosen on the basis of the quality of their work, the strength of the proposal that they make to the department for the work that they will complete during the residency, and the art and art history faculty's perception of how well they will work with our students. The artist in residence does not teach, but is expected to have significant interaction with students in the form of open studio time, visits to classes, participation in critiques, and other informal conversations. The department has been very pleased with the effect that the program has had on the department as a whole and the benefits that students derive from it.
The Philip C. Curtis Artist-in-Residence program is intended to provide an opportunity for an emerging artist to pursue his or her work in a supportive environment within the Department of Art and Art History at Albion College.
The Artist-in-Residence will be expected to be available as a resource to the faculty and to students in the department. The artist will be expected to establish a predictable working pattern and to work on a regular basis. The Department of Art and Art History will provide a space suitable to execute work, with 24-hour access to our facilities.
The Artist-in-Residence may be asked to make formal presentations or to do demonstrations in a classroom setting, but the artist will not have faculty status or responsibilities (classes, grading, etc.). We normally expect the AIR will present an artist’s talk within the first three weeks of the residency. The overriding responsibility of the Artist-in-Residence is to immerse himself/herself in work. If the AIR must be absent from the College to participate in professional activities (competitions, exhibitions, etc.) or for emergencies, it will be at his or her own expense.
While the artist's accessibility and availability to students is important, it should not be at undue expense to the artist. The chair of the Department of Art and Art History will serve as the contact between the Artist-in-Residence and the College.
Previous residents include: Anne Barber, Kalon Baughn, Angela Behrends, Laura Beyer, Jason Brickey, Lea Bult, Jane Burgunder, Steve Currie, Betsy Damon, Michael De Noma, Lee Dieegard, Carlos Ferguson, Kip Fulbeck, Kurt Godwin, Rory Golden, Lisa Igelsias, Joachim Knill, Jimmy Knuehle, Erica Leppmann, Amanda Lilleston, Jillian Longheier, Megan Marcantel, Paul Marquardt, Jill Marie Mason, Brad McCallum, Mississippi Productions with Paul Saltzman & Patricia Aquino, Jenny Nellis, Steve Nyktas, Kathryn Reed, Pati Scobey, Erik Scollon, Lucy Slvinski, Katie St. Clair, Bonnie Stahlecker, Jennifer Swan, Colleen Toledano, Two Girls Working, Karen Vournakis, Gary Wahl.
The studio is approximately a 17x16 foot room with an 11-12 foot ceiling, including fluorescent and spotlights and high windows for natural light. There is a sink, at least one large table, a cabinet, and 16x8 feet of surface for tacking materials. The other walls are painted cinder block.
We request that artists submit a one- to three-page proposal, along with 20 images, a CV, and an artist's statement by February 15, 2015 to:
Jessica Merrild Department of Art and Art History Albion College 611 E. Porter St. Albion, Michigan 49224