500 Years of Printmaking Featured at JBU Art Gallery

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 18, 2007) — John Brown University is pleased to present its newest art exhibit, “500 Years of Printmaking”. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the art building. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, Dec. 12. The brief overview of printmaking displayed in this exhibit helps to convey the history and development of this foundational form of communication. “500 Years of Printmaking” is the private collection of Sandra and Robert Bowden. Their interest in printmaking and art collecting began 25 years ago. “We have developed our collection around work that relates to the Bible because this is a topic that has been meaningful and important to us. By restricting the collection's focus we believe that it is has more impact and value," the Bowdens said. The exhibit features a page from the Nuremberg Chronicles (1493) and original prints from more than 35 artists including Dürer, Rembrandt, Chagall, Rouault, Picasso, and Jasper Johns. The collection also presents various media such as woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, drypoints and mezzotints. “Since many of the pieces date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries and are some as current as 2005 it is interesting to study the stylistic changes that have taken place over all those years. There are many pieces in the exhibit that are truly remarkable and it isn’t often that we are able to have original work buy such great artist as Rembrandt and Durer in our community.” said Charles Peer, coordinator of the gallery. The artwork is accompanied by information about the individual artists and the themes and techniques they used. The JBU Art Gallery is located in art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.