In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College presents an exhibition of 140 works of art drawn from its permanent collection. Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions brings together recent acquisitions of contemporary art and works donated over the last 150 years by alumni and friends of the College.
Artworks by Michelle Grabner, Elias Sime, and Vanessa German will debut at the museum. Reflecting the museum’s five-year history, several works on view were acquired by the Wellin through its exhibition program, by artists including Rhona Bitner, Karen Hampton, Yun-Fei Ji, Sharon Lockhart, Renée Stout, and Frohawk Two Feathers. These pieces are in conversation with historic works from the collection, including ancient Greek vases, glass vessels from the Roman Empire, Mesoamerican ceramics, and Native American objects of material culture. The diversity of the exhibition — with mediums ranging from prints and drawings to photographs, sculptures, and paintings — reflects that of the collection itself.
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Katherine D. Alcauskas, the Wellin’s Collections and Exhibitions Specialist and curator of the exhibition, detailing the history of the arts and collecting on Hamilton College’s campus, from the establishment of the original “Cabinet” in 1850 to the technologically sophisticated galleries, teaching spaces, and open storage of the Wellin Museum today.