The Art World Comes to Gould: Inside the Owen Art Gallery

November 30, 2016

The Owen Art Gallery at Gould is currently showing “Here and There” featuring the work of the artists Kathryn Lynch and Eileen Gillespie. The show opened on October 21 and is running until January 24. The roots of the show go back a long way. Gould faculty member Lauren Head and artist Kathryn Lynch went to Hobart and William Smith together. The idea for the show came to Head when she started seeing Lynch’s work in Art News magazine. Lynch herself suggested that a show pairing with Maine artist Eileen Gillespie would be fitting.


The artists are friends and studied in graduate school with Neil Welliver at the University of Pennsylvania. Eileen Gillespie lives in Portland, went to Hebron Academy, and was represented in some Maine galleries. According to Head, common themes in both artists work are “the interplay of form and light, and a loose, expressionist style.”

Kathryn’s booklet for the show opens with her statement: “I paint the experience of passing by something, rather than the thing itself.” The show has added tremendous perspective to Gould art classes this year, according to Head. Gould art classes have viewed the work as a class, discussed the work, and picked out favorite paintings. “We talked about how visual imagery is an important part of any culture,” said Head. “No two students picked out the same painting.”

The Owen Art Gallery 

The Owen Art Gallery typically features five shows a year. An alumni show kicks the year off in September. The fall’s show featured the work of the potters Angus Graham and Woody Hughes, along with the glassblower Fritz Lauenstein. Following the Visiting Artists show, the Visual Art Department show will go up in late January. Student work is featured in the spring show. According to Head, “we try to get a broad range of work to show the students.”

Owen Art Gallery

Inside Owen Art Gallery

Past artists featured in the Owen Art Gallery include Jamie Wyeth, Raoul Dufy, Elliot Porter, Robert Shetterly, and a Leonardo da Vinci traveling exhibit. Longtime Gould faculty member Jim Owen started the Owen Art Gallery in the early 1980’s. It has become a “teaching gallery” ever since, where Gould students are invited to come in and view artwork, often meet the artists and talk about their work.

Recent Gould alums who started their careers in the Art Cottage and are currently pursuing the arts in college include

  • Abraham Kung ’13 (Southern California Institute of Architecture)
  • Lynette Bian ’13 (Tufts)
  • Jasmine Wu ’16 (Fashion Institute of Technology)

Learn More about the Visual Arts at Gould

Brad Clarke
Dr. Clarke is the Associate Dean of Academics and History Department Chair at Gould. He loves his family, trail running, playing baseball, and his epic collection of vinyl records.
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