Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 23, 2010) - The John Brown University Art Gallery will open for the 2010-2011 season with the exhibit “Cross/Purpose.” An opening reception will be on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The exhibit is the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Diane Knippers. Mr. Knippers is a painter and professor of art at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Knippers was in Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005.
“The cross is the great symbol of our Christian faith and the exhibit is a sampling of some of the many forms the cross has taken over the centuries and the purposes for which it has been used,” Mr. Knippers said.
“Cross/Purpose” draws objects from an extensive time frame beginning with a sixth century AD coin from Constantinople and runs through the centuries including some remarkable contemporary pieces by living artists. The exhibit includes figurative, abstract, expressionist, realist, symbolic, and conceptual art by such masters as Jacques Callot, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Bernard Buffet, Alfred Manessier and Jacques Villon.
“We are very fortunate to be able to have this wonderful collection of art objects exhibited on the JBU campus,” said Charles Peer, the art gallery director. “I believe the show’s visitors will find it intriguing and inspiring. We are indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Knippers for allowing us to exhibit this collection.”
The collection is made available through support from CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) and will be displayed in The Gallery in the Visual Arts Building on JBU’s campus from Aug. 31-Sept. 24. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday 8 a.m. ¬- 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-¬ 4 p.m. or by special arrangement. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.