October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
The largest, most comprehensive collection of Newcomb Pottery to tour the country in nearly three decades opens Thursday (Oct. 3) at Newcomb Art Gallery on the Tulane University uptown campus. In conjunction with the exhibit is the release of a stunning coffee table book that examines the full range of artwork and the pioneering women behind it.
The book includes text by Newcomb Art Gallery senior curator Sally Main and decorative arts scholars from across the country. It concludes with biographical notes on 60 Newcomb Pottery decorators.“Like the historic college itself, Newcomb College’s arts and crafts enterprise changed the lives of women,” Sally J. Kenney, director of the Newcomb College Institute, writes in the book’s preface.
In addition to using their talents to become professional artists, “they used their training to become draftswomen, designers, art teachers, graphic designers, city planners and experts in a host of other fields,” Kenney said.
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