In response to the Collegian article “Searching for firmer footing” (Oct. 15):

It is hard to imagine an excellent college of modest means building a beautiful new art gallery with a large budget and many new staff positions and then offering less support than ever before to the students, curriculum, and faculty of the studio art and art history programs at that college.

It is hard to imagine and even harder to understand, but that is exactly what is happening at Kenyon.

We, the undersigned tenured members of Kenyon’s art and art history department, are unanimous in declaring that something is deeply wrong with the operations of the Gund Gallery. It needs to be fixed now, before the gallery distances itself even further from the Kenyon art community.

The art and art history department has been committed to resolving existing issues over the past five years, but has had limited results. We are more than willing to work toward a resolution that would truly support and promote the mission of this college, its students and its faculty.

Respectfully submitted,

Read Baldwin

Sarah Blick

Melissa Dabakis

Eugene Dwyer

Claudia Esslinger

Marcella Hackbardt

Karen Snouffer

Gregory Spaid

Kristen Van Ausdall


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