Planning an Exhibition: Displays from the History of the HAAS Gallery
Located on the second floor of the HAAS Center for the Arts is the HAAS Art Gallery. Created as a professional space for art exhibitions it has hosted many great shows over the years. Unseen work was required for these shows to be enjoyed by the public. From figuring out how to fill the schedule each year with interesting or important artworks. To sending the thank you letters after each show was over. This exhibit aims to showcase the planning process of a HAAS Gallery exhibition.
The exhibit pulls from over thirty shows in total to reflect different aspects of the planning process, including: Student art shows from the sixties and seventies which showcased a wide array of artworks. The 1970 “Landscape Painting in Pennsylvania” show in which artists from around the state were encouraged to share their paintings of Pennsylvania. A 1972 showcase of Alice Neel’s work, a portraiture artist renowned by many for her ability to capture truth from her subjects. “Stream of Ink” a 1987 traveling collection of prints made in Robert Blackborn’s workshop that hosts works by artists from many South American countries. The 1989 “Works on Paper” a National Juried art Competition which was held at the HAAS Gallery and many more.
The display is currently installed in the flat cases on the third floor of Andruss Library and contains photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, memos, press releases, and programs. The exhibit will be on display until October 13, 2023.
The exhibit was created by Jenna Spaid, Art History major and University Archives Intern for the spring 2023 semester.
The University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University.
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