In celebration of its 5th anniversary, Hamilton College’s Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of 140 artworks and cultural objects drawn from its permanent collection. Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions opens on Sept. 9 and features newly acquired contemporary pieces as well as historic objects from a variety of cultures and eras beginning in approximately 1300 BCE.
A free, opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. preceded by a conversation with the exhibition curator, Katherine D. Alcauskas, the Wellin’s Collection and Exhibitions Specialist, with artist Vanessa German from 3 – 4 p.m. All events and the exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 10.
Each section of Innovative Approaches presents works from various time periods and cultures, offering a progressive understanding of the history of art and creative output.
Among the historic works in the exhibition are:
- ancient Greek vases,
- glass vessels from the Roman Empire,
- Mesoamerican ceramics, and
- Native American objects of material culture.
New acquisitions in this exhibition include three contemporary artworks created in 2016:
- Elias Sime’s Tightrope, Familiar Yet Complex 2, a bright patchwork of salvaged electronic components that explores the role of technology in today’s society;
- Michelle Grabner’s untitled bronze sculpture cast from a hand-crocheted blanket; and
- Vanessa German’s i will never smile again, a mixed-media sculpture comprised of doll parts, cowrie shells, African beads, and household objects.
The diversity of the exhibition—with mediums ranging from prints and drawings to photographs, sculptures, and paintings—reflects that of the collection itself, which contains art and artifacts from around the world, works donated over the last 200 years by alumni and friends.
About the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art
Wellin Museum of Art hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is located on the Hamilton College campus on College Hill Road at Griffin Road. Parking and admission are free of charge. For further information, please contact the Wellin Museum of Art at 315-859-4396 or visit the website at www.hamilton.edu/wellin.