Clay Center Collectors Club finds purchase candidates
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Collectors Club members are mulling which of five pieces of art to buy for the permanent collection of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.
Arif Khan, the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art, presented the five candidates to club members May 22, giving the reasons why each piece would be a good addition to the collection.
The works are on display in the art gallery until May 30, when the club will meet at 6 p.m. to cast and count the ballots for the new purchase. Gallery visitors may vote on their favorite. The public can also cast their "people's choice" vote online on the Clay Center's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/claycenter.
The Collectors Club is a group of individuals who contribute $300 annually to the club to use for purchasing art for the museum's permanent collection and for special programs or speakers. Some years, the club has saved enough to buy a work by a more prominent artist; other years pieces by lesser-known artists are bought.
And occasionally, members on their own buy a piece that wasn't the club's selection. That happened again last year, Khan said, when several members chipped in and bought "Return of Saturn," a ceramic and steel sculpture by Rose B. Simpson.
This year's selections were all chosen during a visit in early May to Philadelphia by Kahn and 14 members of the 100-member club. Khan visited the Philadelphia galleries earlier and picked 26 works for the group to view. The list was narrowed to five, and Khan provided summaries of each.
Born in 1940, Camp earned a BFA and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He is the subject of an American Artist Oral History at the Smithsonian Institution, and has been honored with Pew, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Camp's printing technique uses photosensitized earth pigments -- such as soil -- to produce his one only print of his subject.
Harper, born in 1966, combines technology and perception in her photographs. Her photographs are in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City as well as the New York Public Library.
A chemist by training, Hayter "had an unrivalled knowledge of the technicalities of printmaking," according to The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. The British Museum presented a retrospective of his prints in 2001. His prints vary in technique and style, and are in the collections of many major museums around the world.
Born in 1945, Neff studied poetry before painting before studying photography. Thus, she said, "I consider the ideas and boundaries between disciplines to be more fluid than not."
Most of her photographic constructions use the landscape as a primary element. Neff is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from Pew and the National Endowment for the Arts.