100 Drawings by Rockwell Kent

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In 1927 Rockwell Kent purchased a large farm in AuSable Forks, New York, at the peak of his career as an illustrator, painter, and adventure writer. He spent the next forty-four years creating thousands of images and writing books. After his death in 1971, his widow, Sally Kent Gorton, expressed her desire to locate a significant group of Kentís work in the area. The University was happy to be the recipient of this gift in 1978 and the Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection was formed. For the next 22 years Sally gave many works by her late husband. At the time of her death in 2000, the remaining work in her possession came to the College, including over 1,500 drawings. This selection is a sampling of this large collection.

The cataloguing of the drawings in this exhibition is part of the work completed by students in the Museum Studies Minor Program. Majoring in Archeology, Art History or History, these students work directly with the museum staff to obtain skills in research, cataloguing, art handling, and exhibition development. During the Spring 2006 semester Patricia Detweiler, Natsuki Takiguchi, and Jane Baldwin worked many hours under the supervision of Cecilia Esposito, Museum Collections Specialist, to develop this exhibition.

The cataloguing of this collection will continue for several years. Scholars in the work of Rockwell Kent are welcome to visit the collection and contibute their insights to these drawings and other works in the collection as we continue to make the information about this material as accurate as possible and available to the public.

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