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Art collector shares treasures
Bowdens exhibit opens at Brenau
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Exhibition posters advertising the July 11 opening of “Bowden: A Collector’s Legacy,” in the lobby of the Sellars Gallery at Brenau University. - photo by NAT GURLEY

"Bowden: A Collector’s Legacy exhibition"

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 1

Where: Simmons Visual Arts Center on Brenau University’s Gainesville campus on the corner of Washington Street and Boulevard

Cost: Free

Opening reception

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, July 11

Where: Simmons Visual Arts Center


Brenau University Galleries newest exhibit "Bowden: A Collector’s Legacy exhibition" will showcase 60 works of art donated to the university by local collector Robert Bowden and his wife Shirley.

"They were folks in the Gainesville community who heavily collected art and donated a lot to the university," Gallery Manager Allison Murphy said. "This show is celebrating Robert’s legacy as a collector."

The exhibit starts today with a reception open to the public from 5:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Visitors may view the art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Simmons Visual Arts Center at Brenau’s Gainesville campus on the corner Washington Street and Boulevard. The exhibit closes Sept. 1.

Over the years, Bowden donated thousands of pieces of visual artwork to the university including some from famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly and Alex Katz. His donations are normally displayed all across Brenau University’s Gainesville campus, but have never before been brought together for an exhibition.

"Our campus functions as what we call a living museum and our permanent collection is actually housed all around the university. A lot of these Bowden works are part of that," Murphy said.

The collection spans many different artists and genres. Because of this, the exhibition has been split between the Sellars and Presidents Galleries. The Sellars Galleries are reserved for works on paper and features artists such as Howard Finster, Picasso, Josef Albers and Ellsworth Kelly. The Bowden collection also features some sculptures and more abstract works of art by artists such as Chema Cobo, Sue Coe and Robert Rauschenberg. These works will primarily be featured in the Presidents Gallery.

"He really loved art and was fascinated by it, so he collected a little bit of everything," Murphy said. "We have works from every end of the spectrum."

For more information, call Brenau University Galleries at 770-534-6263.

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