noon gallery talk
Wednesday, November 11, noon
in the Mickey Shook Gallery
On November 11, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will recognize a donation that creates its largest permanent collection by a single artist, Rudy Pozzati.
The Rudy and Dorothy Pozzati collection now includes 200 works by this distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University, where he taught printmaking. The collection spans the entire range of his work, which includes oil painting, watercolors, lithographs, collages and etchings. His landscapes capture the southwest where he grew up and his Italian heritage. Other topics include nature and animals; politics and power; architectural inventions, and religion and spirituality.
" Pozzati’s artwork is known around the world," said Kendall Smith, executive director of the art museum. "His work is displayed in several important permanent collections including the White House. Other sites include the Art Institute in Chicago, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow."
The presentation was timed for Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, because the Rudy and his wife Dotty made a recent donation of 118 pieces, in honor of their close friend and World War II veteran, the late Richard F. Curtis. An American who flew 51 combat missions in a P-51 Mustang fighter plane in during World War II, Curtis was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Curtis earned is master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University and served as a professor of communication at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He published an account of his World War II experiences in a book titled “Dumb but Lucky.” Richard died in January.
Rudy Pozzati was born in Telluride, Colo., in 1925. After high school he spent three years in military service during World War II and by 1950 received his bachelor's and master's of fine arts from the University of Colorado. Pozzati was named a distinguished professor in 1972. He has won more than 50 awards for his work and is recognized as one of the country’s leading printmakers.