Reviving an Artform

Anderson University will host Reviving and Artform: Etchings in Nineteenth Century France from Sept. 6 to Oct. 9 in the Wilson Gallery at Krannert Hall. 

Nineteenth century printmakers in France initiated the most significant development of the graphic image.  Political, economic, and social changes ushered in an expanding middleclass with aesthetic opinions that challenged the French Academy, a group of artists who established rules for art. In order to be accepted by museums and nobleman an artist’s work had to be approved by the academy who favored polished historical, mythological or religious narratives.

Etchings during this era allowed the growing middleclass to purchase affordable artworks, which provided artists an alternative to the predictable style and subjects of most print projects. Masters such as Rembrandt and Goya were cited to legitimize the use of printmaking for artistic rather than commercial gain. The process of etching was regarded as direct connection to the artist’s hand and embraced as a reaction against industry and mass production. 

Anderson University’s Brady Collection demonstrates key themes of this distinctive era from established academics to visionaries who redefined etching as an artistic media.  The collection stands as a tribute to this vital period in the history of art establishing the course of the graphic arts well into the 20th century.

The Jessie C. Wilson Galleries serve Anderson University and East Central Indiana with monthly exhibitions that feature the work of regionally and nationally recognized artists. Through these exhibitions, the gallery is dedicated to enriching and engaging AU students, as well as promoting the visual arts within the community.

For more information, contact the director of exhibitions programming, Tai Lipan, at (765)641-4320 or by email to All events are free, and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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