New Museum Season
VALPARAISO, Ind. – A collection of paintings by a longtime Chicago artist and a collection of Japanese stencil prints are among the exhibitions to be hosted by Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art during its 2010-2011 season.
 
The upcoming season at Brauer Museum will include seven featured exhibitions:
§         Aug. 24 through Nov. 19 – “Heeding the Voice of Heaven: Sadao Watanabe Biblical Stencil Prints” and “Everyday Art: Casual Kimono from Mid 20th-Century Japan.”
§         Dec. 3 through March 20 – “Recent Views of an Inner World: Paintings by Richard Loving” and “Boonville: Photographs by Timothy Briner.”
§         March 30 through April 17 – “Secondary School Showcase.”
§         April 20 through May 8 – “Valparaiso University Art Student Exhibition.”
§         May 13 through Aug. 7 – “Tales (not truths) by The Mechanic & The Handyman: Jno Cook & Gordon Ligocki.”
 
Starting the new season will be an exhibition featuring Sadao Watanabe, a renowned Japanese Christian printmaker who has depicted stories from the Bible in his original stencil prints.
 
“He is a beloved figure on campus here and received an honorary doctorate from Valpo in 1987,” said Gregg Hertzlieb, director/curator of Brauer Museum. “Because several individuals affiliated with the University brought back from Japan examples of his original prints, many people on campus and in the surrounding community own Watanabe prints that now are quite valuable.”
 
A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring an essay by noted theologian Martin Marty.
 
In conjunction with the Watanabe prints, Katherine Kuster, a resident of Valparaiso, will display her collection of mid-20th century kimonos.
 
“This display of selections from her collection is a fine complement to the Watanabe exhibition since both shows offer a blend of traditional and contemporary styles,” said Hertzlieb.
 
An opening reception for the Kuster Collection and “Heeding the Voice of Heaven” will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. A video screening in conjunction with the Watanabe exhibition will be held Sept. 1 and a gallery talk is scheduled for Sept. 22. Each of the events will be free and open to the public.
 
Primary and secondary school teachers from the region are invited to attend a Nov. 3 coffee hour and workshop that will focus on how the Watanabe exhibition can be used for educational purposes in classes. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free.
 
“Recent Views of an Inner World,” which will showcase the paintings of a longtime Chicago artist and retired painting professor from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richard Loving, will be featured at Brauer Museum during a winter exhibition.
 
“His current paintings are, in the opinion of many, the finest he’s ever produced,” said Hertzlieb. “Loving mixes the abstract patterning for which he is known with a lyrical realistic treatment of natural subjects such as flowers and trees that he observes as he seeks inspiration in trips to the river landscape not far from his studio.”
 
In conjunction with Loving’s paintings, student artist Timothy Briner, a graduate of Chesterton High School, will display his photograph series “Boonville.” The photographs chronicle his travels across the country to towns all named Boonville in various states, documenting aspects of American life in towns that share not only the same name, but also similar struggles.
 
An opening reception for “Recent Views of an Inner World” and “Boonville” will take place Dec. 3 at 7 p.m, and Loving will present a gallery talk at the museum on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Each of the events will be held at Brauer Museum and is free and open to the public.
 
Concluding Brauer Museum’s 2010-2011 season is an exhibition of mixed media, “Tales (not truths) by The Mechanic & The Handyman: Jno Cook & Gordon Ligocki.”
 
Hertzlieb said that Cook, of Chicago, and Ligocki, of Winamac, Ind., deserve to be celebrated through overviews of their long and distinguished careers.
 
“Both are experimental, even quirky, in their creations, challenging and provoking viewers through their mixed media pieces that are frequently conceptual in their nature in addition to being beautiful in appearance,” Hertzlieb said.
 
An opening reception for the Cook/Ligocki exhibition will take place May 13 at 7 p.m., and Hertzlieb will present a gallery talk July 13 at 7 p.m. Each of the events will be held at Brauer Museum and is free and open to the public.
 
More information about Brauer Museum’s 2010-2011 season, including a complete list of exhibition-related events, is available online at www.valpo.edu/artmuseum.  The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the academic year, which begins Aug. 23.  Current summer hours at the museum are Tuesday through Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (closed Mondays). Admission to the museum and all events is free. Group tours may be arranged by calling (219) 465-7926.