Augustana College Lower-Level Art Gallery
Exhibition: August 21–May 18
Closed during holiday breaks.
|(George Benjamin) Ben Wittick, General Logan and Party at Pueblo Zuni, 14 September, 1882, wet-plate albumen print photograph, 4-1/4 x 7-1/8" image, Purchased with Gifts of Dr. Kurt Christoffel and the Reynold Emanuel and Johnnie Gause Leak Holmén Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts, Augustana College Art Collection.|
The art collection features selections from several focus strengths: Swedish-American art reflecting the college's heritage, an art historical overview greatly advanced by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Collection, the Erick O. Schonstedt Inkstand Collection and the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection. There also is a component reflecting area artists, including a new acquisition by Ben Wittick (1845-1903), who was raised in Moline and set up his first photography studio just a few miles away from Augustana. Not only is Wittick's photograph now recognized as significant documentation of Southwest Indians, this image pictures General John Logan (1826-1886), an Illinois native who is credited with issuing the order that established the national holiday we observe as Memorial Day.
On view for the year are some selections from the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection.