Fall 2018 Chapel Art Center Fall Exhibitions

October 3, 2018

By Maggie Dimock

Elizabeth Withington, Street Scene, early 20th century. Gouache on dark blue paper. Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.
Elizabeth Withington, Street Scene, early 20th century. Gouache on dark blue paper. Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.

For its fall 2018 season, the Chapel Art Center is pleased to present two exhibitions curated from the Permanent Collection. On view beginning October 12 are: Preparing a Place: Women Modernists from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection; and Farm to Table: The Lucille Davison Collection of Ceramic Cow Creamers. A public opening reception for both shows is Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibitions will remain on view in the gallery through February 16, 2019.

“Preparing a Place” celebrates the work of women modernists who established a long overdue presence on the American art scene in the early twentieth century. The exhibition presents a selection of artworks by ground-breaking female artists drawn from the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection. Featuring paintings, works on paper, and sculpture dating from the early twentieth century to the present day, “Preparing a Place” highlights the work of women who pushed the field forward in their respective media, achieving professional success and recognition in the process.

Included in the exhibition are several artworks by the multitalented sculptor and stained glass artist Sylvia Nicolas, the first woman to mount a solo show at the Chapel Art Center in 1968. A selection of serigraph prints by the dynamic and genre-defining printmaker Corita Kent are exhibited through the generosity of May Futrell, who arranged for their donation to the Chapel Art Center from the collection of her late sister, the Reverend Dr. Gloria Ann Holmes.

“Farm to Table” is a unique exhibition built around a collection of forty-five ceramic cow creamers, generously donated to the Chapel Art Center by the late Lucille Davison. Cow creamers are a traditional—if eccentric—form of tableware popularized in Britain in the eighteenth century. These small cow figures are designed to hold milk or cream in their hollow bodies, to be poured out through a spout-like opening at the mouth while grasping the looped tail handle. The cow creamer became a familiar sight on British tables in the Georgian era with the rise in popularity of tea and coffee among the upper and middle classes.

The Lucille Davison Collection was assembled over several decades by Mrs. Davison’s father and reflects over a century’s worth of styles and regional peculiarities including examples from several notable centers of English ceramic production, including Staffordshire, Sunderland, Derbyshire, and Swansea. It also encompasses American examples of the form, hailing from the Norton and Fenton Potteries in Bennington, Vt. The figures are displayed in the Chapel Art Center gallery in a series of unique configurations, inviting close examination and comparison.

Mrs. Davison, a former trustee of Saint Anselm College and with her husband Robert, a long-time college benefactor, was a lover of antiques and the decorative arts and an ardent supporter of the Chapel Art Center. She made this unique gift with the intention that it encourage an appreciation for historic objects and provide inspiration for finding beauty in unexpected forms.

In addition to these ongoing exhibitions, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of public programs over the coming months.

Gallery Talks

Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Director Iain MacLellan O.S.B. and Curator Maggie Dimock will present a guided tour titled “A Seat at the Table: Women Artists at the Chapel Art Center,” which will consist of a walkthrough and discussion of the artworks and artists included in the exhibition Preparing a Place.

Friday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Curator Maggie Dimock will lead a guided tour of the objects on view in the exhibition Farm to Table, titled “The Cow Creamer: Pastoral Artifice on the Tea Table.”

Additional Lectures and Concerts

Thursday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m.
The gallery welcomes Dr. John Brewer, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor Emeritus of History and Literature at the California Institute of Technology, to present a lecture titled “The Culture of Connoisseurship and the Nature of Expertise: The Old Master Market in the 20th Century.”

Wednesday, October 31 at 12:30 p.m.
The gallery will host a midday concert featuring pianist Elizabeth Blood and violinist Stephan Poirier titled “Bach to Bach: Violin and Piano.” *

Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Evening lecture and concert presented by Dr. Andrew Haringer, assistant professor of music at Saint Anselm College, titled “Liszt as Poet.” Dr. Haringer will discuss and play piano works by Franz Liszt inspired by the poetry of Victor Hugo, Petrarch, and Dante.*
*Please note that seating for both concerts is free but reservations are required. Seats may be reserved by calling the Chapel Art Center at (603) 641-7470 or emailing chapelartcenter@anselm.edu. Reservations may also be made online by visiting www.anselm.edu/chapelart and visiting the Events and Programs page.

For more information about upcoming Chapel Art Center events and programs, please visit our website.

Gallery Hours: The Chapel Art Center is open during scheduled exhibitions Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.. The gallery will close for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday, November 21, reopening on Tuesday, November 27. The gallery will remain open through the Saint Anselm College Winter Recess, but close for the Christmas Holiday beginning Friday, December 21. It will reopen Tuesday, January 8, 2019. For up-to-date information about holiday hours, please visit our website.