Origins on view in the Roundtop Trust Collection at the Historic Hellam Preserve

Drawing on the Susquehanna :
Four Centuries of Artistic Inspiration and Commerce

 

 

Overview:  This exhibit, which includes approximately 60 works, examines the influence of the Susquehanna River as an artistic muse and commercial driver for prominent American artists who, over several centuries, explored the river’s shores and utilized it as part of a greater initiative to promote the American landscape. These artists worked in a diverse range of media often experimenting with some of the newest technologies of the day including wood, copper and steel engravings; hand colored lithographs and chromolithographs; etchings; transfer decorated china; and paintings and drawings. Many of the prints, framed individually in the exhibit, were used to illustrate elaborately bound oversized coffee table books and portfolios which marketed the American landscape as a picturesque destination, and are displayed in the exhibit alongside actual copies of the books in which they appeared. In all, the exhibit presents a unique portrait of the river over four centuries, documenting through the eyes of artists its many moods and manifestations, as well as the progression of human habitation and development along its shores.

 

Background: This exhibit, which includes approximately 60 works, examines the influence of the Susquehanna River as an artistic muse and commercial driver for prominent American artists who, over several centuries, explored the river’s shores and utilized it as part of a greater initiative to promote the American landscape. These artists worked in a diverse range of media often experimenting with some of the newest technologies of the day including wood, copper and steel engravings; hand colored lithographs and chromolithographs; etchings; transfer decorated china; and paintings and drawings. Many of the prints, framed individually in the exhibit, were used to illustrate elaborately bound oversized coffee table books and portfolios which marketed the American landscape as a picturesque destination, and are displayed in the exhibit alongside actual copies of the books in which they appeared. In all, the exhibit presents a unique portrait of the river over four centuries, documenting through the eyes of artists its many moods and manifestations, as well as the progression of human habitation and development along its shores.

Exhibition Tour Schedule

      

November 2, 2019 - February 10, 2020

Historic Hellam Preserve, Hellam, PA

 

April 18 - May 13, 2020

Lore Degenstein Gallery,

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

 

Fall 2020 (tentative)

Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg, PA

Booking available through 2025

Exhibition Details and Rental Information

      

Exhibit rental includes:  

 

In-coming and out-going shipping and packing/unpacking

 

Assistance with exhibit design, layout and installation/take down

Wall labels and signage

 

Display cases

Curator's gallery talk or lecture

Coordination with educational programs

Assistance with press and publicity

Exhibit loan fee:  

 

$10,000 (assistance with securing sponsorship available)

Selected Works from the Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for your support!

© 2018 by Rob Evans