Outdoor Gallery Collection
Pensacola State College has opened its new outdoor gallery with a 15-foot wide by 20-foot tall reproduction of the Dutch masterpiece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” hanging from Building 14 on PSC’s Pensacola campus, and visible from 9th Avenue.
PSC Visual Arts Department Head Krist Lien says this 17th century painting by Johannes Vermeer, which resides at The Hague in the Netherlands, was chosen for display because of its recognition factor.
An image from famed National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry will go up next on another building. Lien says the college plans to cover several buildings with a variety of works ranging from the masters to contemporary artists to PSC’s own award winning students.
“Lamar Advertising partnered with us to create these huge prints,” Lien says. “They are doing a fantastic job. When you stand close to the print, you can see the fine details that are on the actual painting. “
“We want this to be a fun way for the community and our own students and staff to be able to walk or drive through the campus and experience great art on a large scale.”
When Lien was researching the concept of an outdoor gallery, he couldn’t find anything like the display that PSC is creating. He believes PSC may be the first college in the nation to have this type of outdoor gallery.
Working out the details of hanging the huge art pieces securely on the buildings took almost two years, but Lien says the support of the PSC administration and Board of Trustees was immediate.
“It was a pleasure to support such an innovative project and exciting to watch the first piece being installed,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Erin Spicer.
“Due to the vision of our Visual Arts head, Krist Lien, as well as the cooperation of our good friends at Lamar Advertising, we are able to print these large-scale reproductions and make these pieces of art accessible to the community.”
Artwork In Outdoor Gallery Collection
Artists In This Collection
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte) was painted from 1884 to 1886 and is Georges Seurat’s most famous work. A leading example of pointillist technique, executed on a large canvas, it is a founding work of the neo-impressionist movement. Seurat’s composition includes a number of Parisians at a park on the banks of the River Seine. It is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
With his wife’s support, in 1826 at age 41, Audubon took his growing collection of work to England. He sailed from New Orleans to Liverpool on the cotton-hauling ship Delos, reaching England in the autumn of 1826 with his portfolio of over 300 drawings. With letters of introduction to prominent Englishmen, and paintings of imaginary species including the “Bird of Washington”, Audubon gained their quick attention. “I have been received here in a manner not to be expected during my highest enthusiastic hopes.”
At the foot of the vast Mehrangarh Fort, one can find the Blue City, a small tightly knit maze of houses located towards the north of Jodhpur. In one of the narrow alleyways a boy flees McCurry’s camera. Balancing three intersecting planes of colour – one of which is covered in stark red handprints – the image pulsates with energy as a young boy dashes through the narrow alleyways.”
Flowers in a glass vase on a partly draped stone ledge is a circa 1667 floral painting by Nicolaes van Verendael in the collection of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum. Nicolaes van Verendael was a respected flower painter in Antwerp who worked with Jan Davidsz. de Heem, among others. The early provenance of this painting is unknown but it can be dated based on other works by Van Verendael, such as his garland painting in the Prado which was long attributed to Jan Brueghel the Elder, who began floral painting in Antwerp a half-century beforehand.
Robert Seldon Duncanson was a 19th-century American landscapist of European and African ancestry. Inspired by famous American landscape artists like Thomas Cole, Duncanson created renowned landscape paintings and is considered a second generation Hudson River School artist. Duncanson spent the majority of his career in Cincinnati, Ohio and helped develop the Ohio River Valley landscape tradition.
“The Boating Party” by Mary Cassett is located on the south wall of building 4, the Allen Liberal Arts Building.
The Boating Party depicts an unknown woman, baby, and man in a sailboat. The boat has a canoe stern, is boomless, and has three thwarts. The inside of the boat is described as yellow. It is an unusual painting in Cassatt’s œuvre. While it does show her familiar theme of a mother and child, most of her other paintings are set in interiors or in gardens. It is also one of her largest oil paintings.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa is located on the Allen Liberal Arts Building #4 facing Ninth Avenue.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa has been described as “possibly the most reproduced image in the history of all art”, as well as being a contender for the “most famous artwork in Japanese history”.It has influenced several notable artists and musicians, including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Debussy, Claude Monet, and Hiroshige.
The Railway painting is located on the south side of Building 14, Spears Behavioral Sciences.
The Railway, widely known as Gare Saint-Lazare, is an 1873 painting by Édouard Manet. It is the last painting by Manet of his favourite model, the fellow painter Victorine Meurent, who was also the model for his earlier works Olympia and the Luncheon on the Grass. It was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1874, and donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1956.