By ELIZABETH FOOTE
“Perspectives: Celebrating a Decade of the Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery” is exactly as its name suggests, an art exhibit created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy L. Jacobs Gallery. According to the exhibit’s information card, the works were all donated by Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs. This particular collection is meant to express the Jacobs’ patronage and to complement the various art pieces displayed in the Jacob’s Gallery. This display is also meant to show gratitude to those who have helped with the Jacob’s Gallery’s recognition and appreciation.
The exhibit features ten framed pieces, each with a quote from someone involved in the Jacobs Gallery. The first piece was “Figure-Bowtie-Bird-Hand” created by Thomas St. Thomas in 1997. This beautiful piece incorporates ink, watercolor, pencil and acrylic on paper. Andy Jacobs, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs’ son, is quoted, “What he [my father, Dr. Jacobs] was most proud of was the diverse and electric nature of his collection, and that it could be used to teach young art students at Georgetown College.”
The next piece is a photograph entitled “Friesian Study,” shot by John Stephen Hockensmith in 2002. Next to this work Jacob’s Gallery guide Judy Apple of ArtWorks Partners, Inc. is quoted, “As a docent for the collection, since 2002, it has been my privilege to share this special ‘treasure’ with literally hundreds of youngsters…”
Then there is an acrylic painting called “Space Saddle” created by Matthew Carcase in 2005. This piece included a quote by Christine Huskisson, the Gallery Directory and Curator of the inaugural exhibit, which said, “The guiding principle behind what the Jacobses collected, which is simply what they loved, was perhaps the most refreshing thing about this beloved couple.”
There is a screen print by Buckminster Fuller titled “Dymaxion Dwelling Machine—Wichita House.” This is an excerpt from Fuller’s “Inventions Portfolio.” Previous Art Department Chair James McCormick was quoted, “Little did I realize when Don and Dorothy Jacobs first attended an art exhibit here at the college that they would have such a profound effect on our students.”
Two pieces are untitled photographs of what look like dandelions by Joe Daun. Next to the first photograph was a quote by Irwin Pickett, an Independent Fine Art Appraiser: “While the Jacobs collection is certainly diverse, it also reflects Dr. Jacobs’s instinct for the first rate.” The second photograph has a quote by Heike Pickett, the current gallery owner, “I was struck by their [the Jacobs’] contagious enthusiasm, and impressed with Dr. Jacobs’s confidence in the artwork he liked.”
“My Father’s House Has Many Mansions” is a mixed media piece by Arturo Sandoval. It is accompanied by a quote from Jason Snider, a 2010 Georgetown College Alumnus: “Without the Jacobs Gallery my art history courses would have been restricted to books and museum visits. I would have missed the interactions with the artwork that was so crucial to my experience.”
Next is a charcoal and watercolor piece by Thornton Dial titled “Movie Stars.” Boris Zakic, a Georgetown College art professor, says, “One day, Don had a eureka-look on his face. He surveyed our latest contraption and had that inventive sparkle in his eye. I knew he would make it work, finally.”
Lamar Briggs features an acrylic and mixed media piece entitled “Malaguena.” This piece is paired with a quote from President Crouch’s wife, Jan Crouch: “Georgetown College is blessed to have received the art and in some way also share with their [the Jacobes’] eternal spirits that same love for the artistic endeavor.”
The final piece is “Woman in Grey Striped Jacket” by Alex Katz. Dr. Juilee Decker, a Georgetown College art history professor and art department Chair, says, “The Jacobs Collection has, unquestionably, impacted the way that I teach. I am afforded the opportunity to develop projects that encourage the students in my courses to engage directly with object in the academic setting.”
The exhibit will be in the Conchenour Gallery in the LRC until Nov. 9, so take a study break and check out this wonderful celebration of the Jacobs Gallery.