Judith to Another End

June 1 - October 5, 2020

Visual Arts Center | Shultz, Everist and Contemporary Galleries

Notes from the Curator:

The Visual Arts Center Permanent Collection has a long and rich history, beginning in 1961 with Civic Fine Arts Association and living today with the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center. This collection has grown from a few paintings and sculptures to just shy of 1,700 pieces in 2020. The collection of the museum is its mark to the preservation of culture and community. A well-cared-for permanent collection can ensure the enrichment and preservation of a cultural identity for the future generations to learn from and be inspired by. 

Judith to Another End, the title of this Permanent Collection exhibition, is both a voyage through time and a practical application of utility. The exhibition aims to give viewers a full breath of the history of arts collection and acquisitions. This exhibition also serves as a valuable intuitional audit of collections allowing the museum to have accurate records and provenance on all objects in the vault. 

It was my great pleasure to live through the work and thoughtfully and carefully organize the works in this exhibition. As you enter the third floor, you are greeted by the Shultz and Young Artists Galleries, each of these housing separate conceptual works. The Shultz Gallery is driven by the work of Jeff Freeman. Jeff’s work is playful and vibrant, his expressive abstractions and precise renderings evoke Freudian concepts and deep subconscious probes. Across the hall you will find a wildlife and landscape room. These works are bound by the use of nature and represent the very essence of prairie life.

When you enter the Everist Gallery, I wanted you to feel the experience of walking through time. To your right, you will see the salon style wall. In the center, you will see the Judith painting: object number 1000.01.01, the first chronological piece in the collection. The room is then laid out by conceptual groupings, moving from the very classical works into abstract expressionism and then to figurative works. In the center of the room, you will find the largest amount of works we own by a single artist. In the Contemporary Gallery, I have looked at works that hallmark American expression and evoke the certain indelible rights.

Cody Henrichs, MFA
Curator of the Visual Arts Center

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