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Donations Add to the Hamline Permanent Collection

Lasansky Prints

The Hamline community tradition of supporting the Department of Studio Arts and Art History with generous gifts, including donations of valuable works of art, continued with recent generous contributions to the university’s collection.

The new additions included a lithograph by George Morrison, who created abstract landscapes using wood he collected from the shores of Lake Superior, and five color intaglio prints by Leonardo Lasansky, a noted print artist and retired professor who taught a number of art courses at Hamline.

“The recent print donations are important to the mission of our gallery as a teaching tool for our students at Hamline and the larger community in the Twin Cities,” noted John-Mark Schlink, Director of the Soeffker Gallery and Permanent Collection.

Gloria Kittleson donated Morrison’s untitled 1987 lithograph from the Vermillion Print Editions in honor of her niece Erin Kimmerle ‘94. The large rectangular work is a print of an orderly assemblage of wood blocks of various sizes with varied grains, separated by white space, resulting in a sepia-hued, abstracted grid.

In contrast to the Morrison work, the five Lasansky prints donated by Hamline nursing school graduate Dona J. Woolfrey ‘54, are smaller scale portraits. In Sominuim, a man sporting a dark five-o’clock shadow and a band aid on the back of his neck wears a pink, white, brown and black tinted helmet while his eyes droop closed.

Similarly, Portrait at 26 also depicts a semi-bearded man in profile wearing a cap, but his hair is below his ears and his face is deeply shadowed. Additional works, Orientalia, Tomás and Cristoforo Columbus, were also part of Ms. Woolfrey’s generous donation.

“These gifts represent the creative diversity of our own community and having the work in the Permanent Collection gives us the opportunity to share these master works with new generations of students and community members,” said Schlink.

The Soeffker Gallery is home to Hamline’s Permanent Collection of art which features historically important artists such as Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Willem DeKooning. In addition to the new prints by Morrison and Lasansky, the current exhibit includes works by environmental artist Christo, John Chamberlain, and Leonardo Lasansky’s father Mauricio.

The Soeffker Gallery is located on the first floor of the Drew Fine Arts Center on the Hamline University campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.