'By Any Means' exhibition offers drawing diversity

a Robert Stackhouse watercolor painting that is part of the upcoming By Any Means exhibitionBy Any Means: Works from the National Drawing Invitationals,” opening Nov. 11 at Tyler Art Gallery, strives to demonstrate that contemporary drawing maintains its vitality through continuous reinvention of the form.

“Defining the word ‘drawing’ is difficult, and defining it to encompass the entire scope of the discipline would be a monumental endeavor,” said Mindy Ostrow of Tyler Art Gallery. “It is drawing’s ability to adapt to any circumstance that has kept it vital through millennia.”

For 25 years, the Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery at Emporia State University in Kansas celebrated the art of drawing in its annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition. Inaugurated in 1977, each exhibition brought together exceptional drawings by both established and emerging artists from across the United States. No effort was made to limit the exhibitions to a particular movement in art, and the term “drawing” was never defined. As a result, each annual was noted for a wide-ranging display of media, techniques and concepts, Ostrow said.

“‘By Any Means’ consists of 31 representative drawings from the Eppink Gallery’s exceptional collection of some of the most outstanding works on paper purchased from each year’s annual,” Ostrow said. The collection includes works by Donald Roller Wilson, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Robert Stackhouse, Phillip Pearlstein and Harvey Breverman.

The exhibition will run Nov. 11 to Dec. 14. Its appearance at SUNY Oswego is sponsored by Student Association Art Exhibition Committee.

“By Any Means” is curated by Donald D. Perry, professor of art at Emporia State University, which organized the exhibition.

Tyler Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. Gallery events are free and open to the public.
Visitors with disabilities needing assistance to attend gallery events may call the gallery office in advance at 312-2113.

The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA. The purpose of ExhibitsUSA is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. ExhibitsUSA is a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

ExhibitsUSA is supported by the Adair Margo Gallery; Altria Group; James H. Clement Jr.; ConocoPhillips; the Cooper Foundation; Douglas County Bank/Ross and Marianna Beach; DST Systems; Edward Jones; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Helen Jones Foundation; the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, trustee; the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation; Land O’ Lakes; Mrs. Tom Lea; the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Humanities; SBC Missouri; the Society of North American Goldsmiths; Sonic, America’s Drive-In; Sterling Vineyards; the Summerlee Foundation; the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust; Valmont Industries; the Woods Charitable Fund; and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Colorful example—Tyler Art Gallery will host “By Any Means: Works from the National Drawing Invitationals” from Nov. 11 to Dec. 14. The exhibition will feature a range of drawing-related works from the Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery’s annual invitational exhibitions, hosted at Emporia State University in Kansas. Pictured is “Inside Ruby in Brazil,” a 1996 watercolor on paper by Robert Stackhouse.

(Posted: Oct 28, 2005)