ALBION, Mich. — Rarely seen works from noted American sculptor H.C. Westermann and emeritus professor Doug Goering open Albion College's 2008-09 Art and Art History exhibition season. Both shows open Tuesday, Sept. 2 and run through Saturday, Oct. 18, in Albion College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center. A reception for Goeringt will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Goering retrospective, "Marking Time," features works from the mid-1960s to 2008. The paintings, mostly abstracts, "deal with issues of perception," say Goering, whose work encourages reflection on the part of the viewer to discover a range of meaning in his art. Goering retired from Albion's Art department earlier this year, and is enjoying the additional time to paint.
The work of artist H.C. Westermann "totally changed the way artists look at sculpture and studying art," says Albion College junior Rudy Aronoff, of the exhibit of "Tradition and Resistance." Aronoff along with junior Hannah Trager and Art and Art History department chair Bille Wickre, spent the summer to create the exhibition, drawn from a large private collection owned by Albion alumnus Joel Leenaars, '57.
While a student at the Chicago institute and during his early professional years, Westermann shared an apartment with Leenaars. And while Westermann is noted primarily as a sculptor, the Albion exhibition "shows Westermann in "a classic formal art education, and then breaking away in his own ideas and identity as an artist," said Aronoff. "This exhibition is a great background for understanding his sculpture, and it's the only collection in existence. These pieces are a totally different side of Westermann that nobody's really seen before."
The Goering and Westermann exhibits are both free and open to the public. The Bobbitt Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public; for more information, please contact Susan Havens at (517) 629-0246, or via e-mail at .