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WILMORE, KY—“A Romance with Landscape: Realism to Impressionism” opened at the University of Kentucky Art Museum on Sept. 9, 2006. The collection of 19th centuryshowfloor.jpg French landscape paintings and prints has been assembled from regional museums and local collectors.

lindamike.jpgAsbury College’s Linda Stratford, associate professor of art and Lilly Scholar helped curate the art show.
The show featuring work from artists such as Monet, Renior, Pissarro, Signac and Boudin is open from Sept. 10 to Dec. 10 with many times free to the public. In December, it will tour to the Huntington Museum in West Virginia.

“Kentucky’s heritage, like that of France, is strongly rural,” Stratford said. “The rural backdrop shared by both has created great interest in landscape painting. Landscape painting, in turn, is now recognized as the single most important genre by which modern art, or art of the 20th century, was born.”

Stratford worked with Janie Welker, UK Art Museum’s curator of exhibitions and collections, to organize the exhibition. Stratford, Gabriel Weisberg and Janet Whitmore also dupree.jpgcompiled a catalogue of the exhibit, which will be for sale at the museum and distributed throughout the country to universities and major museums. It will contain a sampling of reproductions from the exhibit as well as essays from the authors.

The show and catalogue were made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

crothers.jpg“Our own art department has a certain degree of concentration on landscape as a subject, given our location in the Bluegrass,” Stratford said. “We find we have a unique opportunity to offer to prospective art majors. If they come to Asbury, they will be able to spend a significant amount of time working ‘en plein air’ (outdoors) as did the 19th French landscape painters in this show. Classes regularly take trips to sketch or paint at Shaker Village, for instance, or in our own surrounding hillsides or horse farm. No other Christian college offering an art major can compete with us for landscape!”

A Lilly Grant from the College’s Transformations Project allowed Stratford the opportunity to pursue this work.

“A Romance with Landscapes” is a ticketed event; prices for the exhibition are $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and $6 for tour groups by reservation. Members of the UK Art Museum and UK faculty, retired faculty, staff, and all students with a valid student I.D. can view the exhibition for free. All individuals are welcome to visit the exhibition on Friday evenings for free.

The UK Art Museum is open noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call (859) 257-5716.

Stratford will be speaking on Christian symbolism in architecture and decor on Sept. 17 and Sept. 25 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Lexington. The lectures are at 10 a.m. in the Great Room and are open to all.