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Beloit College presents the artwork of George Bellows

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Exhibit at Wright Museum of Art this fall

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Beloit College will present a special exhibition of the lithographs of American artist George Bellows from Sept. 13 – Nov. 11 at the Wright Museum of Art. An opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. by distinguished New York art dealer and Bellows expert Franklin Riehlman.

The Beloit College exhibition coincides with the first comprehensive exhibition in three decades of George Bellows’ life and art. The exhibit opened in June at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and will travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this fall and the Royal Academy of Arts in London in the spring. The Bellows lithographs in the Beloit exhibition are drawn from the collection of Victor Ferrall, Jr., president emeritus of Beloit College, and his wife, Linda Smith.

Astonishingly productive before his untimely death in 1925 at the age of 42, many of Bellows’ images of, among other things, city and family life, boxing, and the horrors of modern warfare are justly famous. He painted the world as he saw it. In the words of Earl A. Powell, III, director of the National Gallery of Art, “George Bellows is arguably the most important figure in the generation of artists who negotiated the transition from the Victorian to the modern era in American culture.”

A 336-page catalogue of the National Gallery of Art’s Bellows retrospective, which includes 270 illustrations, will be on sale at the Wright Museum during the Beloit College exhibition.

The Beloit College Bellows exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. The Wright Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

For more information about the exhibition, contact exhibitions director James Pearson at 608-363-2095 or pearsonj@beloit.edu.