The Collectors at the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky support this institution with their hearts and with their financial contributions, which are used to purchase exciting pieces of art. Since its founding in September 1999, the Collectors group has grown to more than 80 members whose dues have provided the funds to buy six important sculptures and paintings in the areas of Impressionism, American Modernism and contemporary sculpture.
Members of the Collectors take their mission to help shape the growth of the museum’s permanent collection for the benefit of our community quite seriously, but that doesn’t preclude them from having a great time! The group enjoys educational programs, lectures, and visits to museums and private collections.
The most recent acquisitions, a stunning sculpture and a bench by artist Peter Woytuk, have completely transformed our outdoor sculpture garden. Woytuk’s work demonstrates both his command of bronze casting and his subtle sense of humor. The Pair features a pair of pears that have been modeled into sensuous organic form, while his Raven Bench features the inquisitive bird, noted for its intelligence and playful manner, perched atop an 11-foot-long slab of weathered stone.Within days of their installation in October 2010, it became commonplace to find students posing for pictures on the bench and in front of the sculpture. Other purchases supported by the collectors include:
|PETER WOYTUK, The Pair, cast bronze, purchase: The Collectors Fund|
|PETER WOYTUK, Stone Bench with Great Raven, bronze and weathered stone, purchase: The Collectors Fund|
||MARY CASSATT, Quietude, purchase: The Collectors Fund in honor of the Museum’s 25th anniversary|
|DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD, EastWest, bronze, purchase: The Collectors Fund|
|WILLIAM ZORACH, Landscape, watercolor and pencil on paper, purchase: The Collectors Fund (in loving memory of Alberta Gerson)|
|WILLIAM ZORACH, Young Girl, cast bronze, purchase: The Collectors Fund, in loving memory of Alberta Gerson|