Mr. Imagination's artistry on display at VU's Brauer Museum

2013-12-21T20:10:00Z 2013-12-21T20:48:19Z Mr. Imagination's artistry on display at VU's Brauer MuseumTimes Staff
December 21, 2013 8:10 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | The Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University will premiere its winter exhibitions, which run from Jan. 7 through April 6, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

The three new exhibits are Trucks: Recent Work by John Himmelfarb; Mr. Imagination: Chicago Self-Taught Artist; and Modern Vision: Japanese Prints from the Ruth A. Ruege Collection. In addition, works from the Brauer Museum's permanent collection will be on display in various galleries throughout the museum.

"With recent acquisitions by the Brauer Museum, we are able to provide a more substantive overview of major movements in American art than ever before," said Gregg Hertzlieb, director and curator of the Brauer Museum of Art.

Trucks: Recent Work by John Himmelfarb in the Brauer's Wehling and McGill galleries features whimsical representations of trucks by the prolific Chicago-based artist. Himmelfarb's works are executed in a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting and printmaking. An outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.

Visitors also can view Mr. Imagination: Chicago Self-Taught Artist, which presents eclectic multimedia creations by Gregory Warmack in Gallery 1212. Warmack (1948-2012) was a self-taught visionary artist dubbed Mr. Imagination. The exhibition includes selections from the extensive collection of Robert Alter and Sherry Siegel.

Modern Vision: Japanese Prints from the Ruth A. Ruege Collection, in the Museum's Education Room, showcases modern works that reflect an experimental approach.

The exhibition season continues in the spring, April 16 through May 11, with art by Valparaiso University art students and art faculty members.

Along with the student and faculty art, Classical and Popular School Japanese Paintings from the Walter and Dörte Simmons Collection in Gallery 1212 will showcase Japanese ink paintings on paper from the 19th century.

In addition, paintings from the museum’s permanent collection by the noted realist artist Jeanette Pasin Sloan will be on display in the Ferguson Gallery.

The museum's summer exhibitions will be on display from May 16 through Aug. 10. Parallel Pursuits: Tom Brand — Finding Form, Carole Stodder — Shaping Space in the museum's Wehling and McGill galleries offers an opportunity to compare and contrast the abstract works of two Michigan City artists.

Rounding out the exhibitions will be ink drawings in the Ferguson Gallery by Fred Frey, a retired VU sculpture professor; paintings by Valparaiso artist and educator Eleanor Lewis in Gallery 1212; and new acquisitions to the Brauer Museum’s permanent collection in the museum’s West Gallery.

Throughout the season, the Brauer Museum hosts coffee hours and gallery talks with artists, curators, and collectors. Visit for more information about all exhibitions and upcoming events.

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