Artists donate original works to University Libraries (Released: 9/27/95)
by Mark J Roy, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- Five Connecticut artists and a Massachusetts sculptor have donated pieces of their original work to the University of Connecticut Libraries in connection with the opening of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Those works will be installed for the Oct. 15 dedication.
Roger Tory Peterson, the distinguished American naturalist from Old Lyme, has donated an original painting of large birds of prey that was done for his A Field Guide to Mexican Birds. Peterson, who received an honorary doctor of science degree from UConn in 1987, contributed his work in memory of John P. McDonald, the former director of University Libraries at UConn, who was an avid bird watcher. The painting will be hung in the John P. McDonald Reading Room in the Dodd Center.
Another donation in memory of McDonald is a watercolor entitled "Sunrise Trail Wood" by Ashford artist Charles McCaughtry. The watercolor depicts a scene at Trail Wood, formerly the home of the noted American natural history writer Edwin Way Teale, whose papers will be housed in the Dodd Center. It will be hung in the lounge area adjacent to the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium.
Leonard Everett Fisher of Westport, author and illustrator of more than 260 children's books as well as a noted artist, has donated his oil painting, "Still Life in Motion," for display in the Dodd Center. The complete archive of Fisher's work as a children's author and illustrator is part of the Northeast Children's Literature Collections that will be housed in the center as part of the Archives and Special Collections department of the University Libraries.
To honor the participation of Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel in the opening of the Dodd Center, Wendell Minor of Washington has donated the original painting he did for the cover of the paperback edition of Wiesel's novel The Fifth Son. Minor's work as one of the premier contemporary designers of book cover art has been recognized in the recently published book Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word.
Hans Weiss, a Manchester artist and former industrialist, has contributed a large pencil sketch of the late Sen. Thomas J. Dodd that he created from a series of photographs. The sketch will be part of the opening exhibit, "A Treasury of the Human Spirit," in the gallery of the Dodd Center. It also will complement the formal bust of Dodd by Old Lyme sculptor Norman Lagassie, to be placed in the lobby. The exhibit will feature human rights materials from the collections of the University Libraries to be housed in the Dodd Center, including material from the Dodd's papers.
In recognition of the theme of the opening of the center, Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law, David Bakalar, a noted sculptor from Chestnut Hill, Mass., has donated a sculpture from his Fallen Warrior series. It will be located adjacent to the center. The stainless steel sculpture reflects, individually and collectively, the victims of the Holocaust.
These contributions enable the University Libraries to extend the programs of displaying art in the Homer Babbidge Library and other parts of the library system, said Norman D. Stevens, director of university libraries emeritus and acting director of the Dodd Center.
"These works of art help strengthen the role of the University Libraries, and especially the Dodd Center, in educating and informing students, faculty, and other users about important aspects of civilization," Stevens said.