November 5, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 5, 2014 — Drury University will hold an opening reception for the exhibition of six works of art that were given to the university earlier this year, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay Ave.
Drury was one of eight institutions to receive a surprise gift of works from a group of artists represented by the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida. Springfield attorney and businessman Sam F. Hamra and his wife, June, who have been friends with gallery owner Bill Meek for many years, made the gift possible.
“These are all very fine artists who have been collected widely by major museums in the United States and abroad,” says Jacqueline Tygart, Drury’s Art Collection Curator.
Among the most notable is Hunt Slonem, whose work has been widely exhibited in hundreds of galleries worldwide and who has had more than 70 solo exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collections of dozens of museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, all in New York City. Slonem’s neo-expressionist style often depicts tropical birds and other wild animals. Slonem’s painting “Monsoon,” depicts two such birds in his signature hatchmark style.
Other works and artists included in the gift to Drury are: “Hats Off #2,” a painting by Philip Morsberger; “Homage to Degas,” a pastel by Richard Segalman; “Ristorante tre Sorelle, Positano,” a painting by Bob Kane; “Squirrel,” a painting by Don Nice; and “The Missouri River,” a lithograph by Adolf Dehn.
For more information about the exhibit and the gifts, contact: Jacqueline Tygart, Art Collection Curator, (417) 873-7496. Images of the works can be viewed online at artcollection.drury.edu.