“Joy of a Bird: The Art of a Solitary Life, Ralph Henry Eck. Jr. Memorial Exhibition.”

Beginning on Aug. 29, the 2018-2019 Eckert Art Gallery season will open with new exhibits. These exhibits were curated by Heidi Leitzke, the gallery’s new director and assistant professor at Millersville. Leitzke was named director in the fall of 2017, but this will be the first season she curated.

Four different exhibits will feature multimedia exhibits as well as a memorial exhibition in honor of Millersville alumni. Force of Nature: Gretna Campbell and Louis Finkelstein will be on display from Aug. 29 to Oct. 17, followed by Life as we know it: A Storehouse Project from Oct. 23 to Dec. 16 and C.R. Ettinger Studio- Excerpts from Jan. 24 to March 8.

Life as We Know it

The closing exhibit for the season will be “Joy of a Bird: The Art of a Solitary Life, Ralph Henry Eck. Jr. Memorial Exhibition.” This exhibition is a memorial for Eck who was a Millersville University alumni, elementary school teacher, factory worker and Korean War veteran. Eck’s paintings and writings were unknown to the public, besides a small group of family and friends. Artist Sarah Noble happened upon his paintings and writings unexpectedly after his death. The exhibit will be on display from March 21 through May 11.

“I am excited about all of the 2018-19 exhibitions and look forward to this first season of shows and events that I have curated,” says Leitzke. “I am so happy to be a part of the community here at MU. The Eckert Art Gallery is a gem of a resource and as the first tenure-track faculty member to be directing the gallery, I am excited to build the gallery program and shape the future of the gallery as an engaging place for learning about the world of art.”

The Susan C. & Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery is housed in the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. For more information about the gallery and other art events click here.

 

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