Visual Theatre: Celebrating Irene Corey

Mar 8, 2012 — Apr 1, 2012


March 8 – April 2, 2012
Events Occurring on Thursday, March 8
Opening Reception, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and
Dialogue with Friends of Irene Corey at 5:30 p.m.
(A GC NEXUS Event)

During her fifty-plus year career, artist Irene Lockridge Corey (1926-2010) was a veritable force in the world of theatrical makeup and costume design.  Perhaps best known for creating the guise for the friendly purple and green dinosaur Barney, Ms. Corey served as chair of the Georgetown College art department from 1952 to 1960, where she and her first husband, Orlin Corey (then theatre department chair), collaborated on numerous theatrical productions, including The Book of Job, 1957, which was produced off Broadway and around the world and was a summer attraction for twenty years at Pine Mountain State Park in Kentucky.

Visual Theatre: Celebrating Irene Corey features works of art by Irene Corey as well as archival materials from Georgetown College’s permanent collections.  Paintings and sculpture from the personal collections of Georgetown residents Maribeth Hambrick, Carolyn Johnson and Sis Curry, and Lexintonians Mary and James McCormick, will also be on view.   During the opening reception on March 8, several friends of Irene Corey will be present to reminisce about her time at Georgetown College and to celebrate the contributions of this remarkable pioneer in the field of theatre.

Image:  Tobacco Leaf detail, 1953, oil on canvas, 17 ¾” x 15 ½”

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