New Donations
VALPARAISO – Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art is displaying more than 35 pieces of new artwork, ranging from African art to sculpture and paintings by contemporary artists, in two exhibitions on view now through August 8.
The exhibition “Remembering Jack A. Hiller: Selected Donations to the Brauer Museum’s Permanent Collection” includes approximately 20 pieces of art donated by Hiller, a longtime professor of law at Valparaiso University who passed away in 2009.  Hiller was chair of the Museum Council for the University from 1976 to 1996 and also was very active in the Friends of Art of the Brauer Museum of Art during its existence.
“Hiller was interested in African art and decorative arts, and had many artist friends whom he supported as much as he could and whose works he donated to the Brauer collection,” said Gregg Hertzlieb, director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art. “Each piece that he donated reflects some aspect of his character, which really provides a portrait of who he was.”
The exhibition “New Acquisitions to the Brauer Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection” includes approximately 15 donated sculptures, artifacts, prints, drawings and paintings.
Hertzlieb said one item of special interest is a sculpture piece “Tour” by artist Ronald Gonzalez, which consists of 40 constructed demon heads made of wood, animal bone fragments, paint and a variety of other materials.
“The title ‘Tour’ comes from ‘Dante,’” said Hertzlieb. “Each head is meant to be a demon – ghastly in appearance – and by creating 40 of them all operating together to make a single work of art Gonzalez is trying to give viewers an overall sense of hell or the underworld.”
Other donated items include Native American arrowheads, a Japanese woodcut print of Jesus Christ and a painting by Thomas H. Kapsalis featured in his recent show at the museum.
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