Painter, printmaker and medical artist Jeanet Steckler Dreskin (b. 1921) earned a BFA from Newcomb College in 1942, a certificate in Medical Art from Johns Hopkins the following year, and was the first MFA to graduate from Clemson University in 1973. She studied at Newcomb College from 1938-1942 under the direction of Will Henry Stevens, Xavier Gonzalez, Robin Field, and Caroline Durieux. She also took night classes in anatomy with John McCrady at his eponymous art school in the French Quarter. While at Newcomb she was a member of the honorary biological society LAMPYRIDS and served as art director for the Tulane Hullabaloo. Upon graduation she received the Ellsworth Woodward Award in painting.
“The World’s Her Oyster: 70 Years of Making Art” exhibit by Jeanet Dreskin is currently on display at the Lee and Acorn Gallery at Clemson University until February 13, 2014.
Included in this exhibition are paintings from the artist’s private collection as well as from the collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State Art, Pickens County Art Museum, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Spartanburg Art Museum, Palmetto Bank, Hampton III Gallery, and private collectors.
Dreskin’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; Imperial Chemicals in Manchester, England; Strobel in West Sohne, Munich, Germany; Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y.; Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, G.A.; Asheville Museum in Asheville, N.C.; Columbia South Carolina Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C.; Gibbes Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C.; Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C.; Wells Fargo National Bank in Greenville, S.C., and the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, N.C.
[photo credit: Jana Candler, TALK Magazine]