News release from the University of Saint Francis:
Bonsib exhibit opening; lecturer discussing USF’s National Art Review featured exhibit
(September 8, 2014) â€” Over 500 arts lovers and patrons viewed “Cape Ann Collection Connections,” the featured exhibit at the University of Saint Francis Presidential Gala at the School of Creative Arts Saturday. The exhibit represented the “plein air” tradition in America from its roots before the turn of the 19th century through the present, and was featured on the cover and in an eight-page spread of American Art Review prior to the gala.
Those who missed the exhibit opening can take advantage the opening of the exhibit, “Louis Bonsib: Hoosier Plein Air Artist,” and a Closer Look lecture focused on the noted gala exhibit on Wednesday at the North Campus.
The opening reception for the Bonsib exhibit will be in Lupke Gallery from 6-7:30 p.m. Bonsib’s daughter-in-law, Gretchen Bonsib, donated over 140 of his oil and watercolor paintings to USF, and will be present for the opening. This exhibition will present a selection of the very best of the Louis Bonsib collection (1892-1979). The exhibit and opening are free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Oct. 15 in Lupke Gallery.
Local plein air painter and collector Douglas Runyan will present “Cape Ann Collection Connections” at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium, giving a view of the seaside art colony as it developed and grew in the 20th century. His presentation will focus on several prominent artists who worked in Cape Ann and the art they created, primarily in the plein air painting tradition favored by impressionist painters.
He will note several works in the exhibition from his art collection and from the collections of Fred Doloresco of Fort Wayne and Lisa Gilman of Warsaw. He will also discuss the connections to the Brown County, Indiana, art colony which resulted in his interest in Cape Ann as an artist and collector.
The American Art Review-noted exhibit will continue in Weatherhead Gallery at the School of Creative Arts through Oct. 5.
About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point on online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.