Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Emily Davis Gallery

From Dorothy Shin's ABJ article on the show at The Emily Davis Gallery in Akron, All the Difference: Works in Clay.

...The Emily Davis Gallery, for instance, is named after an early exponent and art professor. She is represented in this exhibit by a mosaic she and former art professor Malcolm Daschiell designed on commission from the Class of 1958 for the then-Gardner Student Union.

The mosaic was saved when Gardner was torn down in 2003, said Donna Webb, ceramicist and professor at the Myers School of Art since 1981 who came up with the idea for the ceramics show. ''When they tore down that building, they actually tore that whole wall down, put it in storage and reinstalled it in the food court area of the new Student Union,'' Webb said.

''I think it looks so much better in its new spot. Now there's all this light shining on it and it just sparkles.''

Like Davis, the artists in this show are the ones whose work and teaching have had the most impact on students and the medium.

Webb said the idea comes from a 1915 Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, which ends with the famous lines:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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