By Bailey Blaker
Have you ever wondered what’s missing from those beige walls that enclose your single in Old Kenyon? Perhaps a sketch by artist Nan Freeman? A Picasso-esque painting by Todd McKie?
This week, the Gund Gallery launched its new Art Loan Program, which is designed to expand student involvement with art on campus by allowing them to display fine artworks in their residences. The program began on Monday with an exhibition of the available works in the Buchwald-Wright Gallery accompanied by a drawing box, which students may enter their names into until this Sunday at 5 p.m., when 38 students will be selected at random to borrow select pieces of art from the collection. The gallery extended the final day to enter the lottery from yesterday, its original deadline, into this weekend. Students will be able to choose their pieces of art on Tuesday, February 9 during common hour.
Robin Goodman, collections manager and registrar of the Gund Gallery, worked alongside Christopher Yates, the gallery’s assistant director, to curate the collection up for loan.
“Some of the works were donated specifically with the idea of going into an art loan program; some of the works were pieces that had been here on campus,” Goodman said.
The program includes a $10 loan fee to be paid up front by the students chosen. “That money will go into framing costs and the future purchase of more items for the art loan program,” Goodman said. “The idea is that the program will grow and that we will keep adding pieces over time.”
In her role as Gund Gallery associate, Amelia Barnes ’16 was involved in preparing the pieces to be installed in dorms across campus. She is hoping the new lending project will give students a chance to engage more fully in the art world. “It should hopefully foster a sort of sense of responsibility and adulthood, and just a general respect for art,” she said.
Selected students may keep the works through the rest of the semester, with pieces due back by May 4.