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King University has announced the launch of the King University Museum of Fine Arts.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a web-based art gallery at museum.king.edu comprised of the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection.
“We are delighted to share the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection at King University
in a format where all may enjoy the extraordinary array of art,” said Dr. Greg Jordan,
president of King University. “For many years, the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection
at King University has added to the aesthetic and cultural vibrancy of our campus
by providing our students and the regional community access to original artistic works
of this significance. The addition of our online museum now offers the global community
the opportunity to enjoy the original artistic works of skilled masters. We hope
you will take a moment to visit museum.king.edu and browse through our collection!
In December 2003, King University Trustee Neal Caldwell and wife Alice (Morrow) Caldwell
(1951 King alumna) presented King with a group of works from their personal art collection.
Since that time, the University has continued to receive gifts from the Caldwell
family, forming an impressive gathering that features some of the world’s finest artists.
The King University Museum of Fine Arts now features more than 360 original pieces
of art and 65 artifacts spanning centuries, genres and media. These original works
include such masters as Rembrandt, Corot, Turner, Picasso, Dalí, Toulouse-Lautrec,
Whistler, Marsh, Chagall, and Matisse, among others. The collection represents early
works such as an early illuminated choral manuscript penned on vellum to some of the
most iconic and recognizable images of modern art.
Artists from throughout the world are represented, including those from Russia, Ireland,
the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Austria, and Australia. The collection offers
insight into many movements and artist groups such as proto-impressionism, surrealism,
Cubism, Romanticism, and dadaism. It also illustrates the friendships and associations
between artists such as Pissarro, who was a student of Corot, a contemporary of Degas,
and whose talent and works influenced Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Seurat, and Cassatt.
Prominent artists represented in the collection include Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch,
1606-1669), a prolific and influential master who remains an iconic symbol of artistic
excellence. Other touchstone artists are J.M.W. Turner (English, 1775-1851), a dominant
British landscape painter who displayed tremendous presence throughout the Royal Academy,
and Jean- Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), who is recognized as one of
the foremost painters of nature and the human form.
Some of the modern artists represented in the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection
include Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944), Marc Chagall (French, 1887-1985),
Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), and
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989).
Among those influencing American schools are James Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
who is often related to the Impressionist movement; Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American,
1859-1924) who is considered America’s first Modernist painter; and Reginald Marsh
(American, 1898-1954), whose paintings focused mostly on New York City street life.
The collection is an excellent resource for King students, allowing them the opportunity
to study works at close range without leaving the campus. The collection is also
a community resource. A portion of the collection is on display in the E.W. King
Library and available for viewing at no cost to visitors.
Regional artists draw on the collection for inspiration, creating such events as the
Artistic Reflections II event that premiered musical compositions based on the visual
aspects of the works. The University hosts events that offer members of the community
the opportunity to view concentrations of some of the prominent works.
To view the Neal and Alice Caldwell Art Collection at the King University Museum of
Fine Arts, visit http://museum.king.edu.
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered
in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus
learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University
is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams.
For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.