Lecture Recognizes Collectors Contributions to Chicago Museum

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, curator of earlier prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss three women art collectors in a free lecture Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel at Willamette University.

The lecture, "Leading Ladies with an Eye: Three Generations of Drawing Collectors in Chicago," is part of Willamette's annual Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lecture series. McCullagh will examine the unique visions and insights of three collectors who have helped shape the holdings of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the major works they have brought to the public.

During the past 50 years, these philanthropic women have assembled major collections of European drawings that are the envy of museums around the world. Helen Regenstein, who began to build her collection in 1958, enabled the museum to acquire 125 European drawings from the 16th-20th centuries. The collection of Dorothy Braude Edinburg of Boston led to a 2006 Art Institute exhibition of 166 works on paper, which she donated to the museum. This October, the museum's newly renovated print and drawing galleries will feature an exhibition of 126 Renaissance and Baroque Italian works collected during the past 40 years by Jean Goldman.

McCullagh has been a member of the curatorial staff at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1975, specializing in French and Italian Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings. She is the author of numerous articles and exhibition catalogs, including a 1979 scholarly collection of more than 700 drawings, Italian Drawings Before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago.

The annual Hogue-Sponenburgh art lectureship, established and endowed by the late Janeth Hogue-Sponenburgh and Mark Sponenburgh, enables the Willamette department of art and art history to bring a noted scholar, artist, critic, curator or art leader to campus to deliver a lecture and meet informally with students and faculty.

For more information, call (503) 370-6925.