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"Because We Like It," Dowhie art collections on display at USI

"Because We Like It," Dowhie art collections on display at USI

6/12/2014 | University Communications

“Because We Like It: The Art Collections of Lenny and Anne Dowhie” is on display through September 7 in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries at the University of Southern Indiana. 

The exhibit of 118 ceramic, mixed media, and woven sculptures and vessels, prints, paintings, drawings and jewelry is the result of over 40 years of collecting art from around the globe by the Evansville-based artists and teachers. There will be a free, public closing reception for the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 4, with a short gallery talk by the Dowhies at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit is divided into four sections: contemporary ceramic artworks; contemporary ceramic cups; works by family members and former students; and two-dimensional artworks. Major figures in the ceramics field such as Paul Soldner, Jim Leedy, Don Reitz and Ken Ferguson are represented, as well as international ceramic artists such as Master Tang, from Taiwan, and Palonia and Ronaldo Martinez, from Mexico, among others. Prints by Chicago imagist Roger Brown and master printmakers Rudy Pozzatti and David Driesbach are highlights of the two-dimensional works, but work by Dowhie family members Carl Dowhie and Eugenia Woolman also are featured.

“These are only a few of the many treasures to be found in this eclectic and exciting exhibition,” said Kathryn Waters, professor of art and director of the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. “Lenny and Anne’s love of art and travel are well illustrated by the quality and scope of their collections of art.”

The Dowhies came to Evansville in 1978 when Lenny accepted a position in the USI Art Department. He was instrumental in developing the ceramics curriculum and in planning for the USI Ceramics Center, which opened in 2009. As of February, the center bears the name The Lenny and Anne Dowhie Ceramics Studio, after the Dowhies made a $1 million gift commitment toward USI’s Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence that will provide ongoing endowed support for USI’s ceramics program.

Lenny Dowhie retired in 2011 after 33 years teaching ceramics and three-dimensional design at USI. Anne Dowhie retired last year after 30 years teaching art in several area schools, most recently Central High School in Evansville. 

The McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 812-228-5006.

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