William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art



The Beautiful

Contemporary Images of America
May 30 – September 11, 2014

Now Extended through October 2, 2014!

Referencing the iconic patriotic song "America the Beautiful," this exhibition gives a small but
powerful glimpse of the enormity and "the beautiful" that reside in American life, in the ordinary and in the monumental.

From dramatic landscapes to humble interior conversations, The Beautiful juxtaposes the allure felt toward the grandeur of the country's
wilderness and cityscapes with the everyday pleasures we quietly allow ourselves. Images investigate our diversity, from multiculturalism to socio-economic backgrounds, and seek to fill a vacancy of a nostalgia that awes us.

The exhibition features work hailing from across
the country, and includes a combination of paintings, photographs, drawings and digital collages.

Artists featured include Chris Christion, Terry Evans, Sonya Fe, Roni Feldman, Frank Gohlke, Amanda Joseph, Scott McFarland, Catherine Opie, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Nicolas Shake, Toshio Shibata, Seth Tane, Christopher Ulrich, Jessica Wimbley and Christine Wu.

Artwork was generously loaned for the exhibition by Gallery Luisotti, Garboushian Gallery, L.A. Louver, La
Luz de Jesus Gallery, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Regen Projects, Western Project and Zg Gallery.

Curated by Rachel T. Schmid

This exhibition was generously sponsored by the Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series and the California Lutheran University Office of Advancement.

Image: Roni Feldman, Age of Exploration #4 (The Preservation of Beauty), acrylic on canvas, 36 x 27 inches, 2013. Courtesy of Garboushian Gallery.

Special Programming

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Grito de Dolores: Celebrating Mexico's Independence and Indigenous Roots

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Guest Writer Series: Poet Frank Montesanti

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 4:00–6:00 pm

The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod Crane:
Questioning the Role of American Literature's First Cultural Outcast

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 3:00–4:00 pm

Spanish Tours of The Beautiful

Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8:00 am–10:00 am

French Tours of The Beautiful

Friday, September 26, 2014 | 10:30 am–2:00 pm

The Big Picture: Learning From What You See
Artist Talk with Seth Tane

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Future Exhibitions

Coming Home: Alumni Art Exhibit
October 16, 2014-January 8, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 2014 | 6-8 pm
Tour of the Exhibition in Italian: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:30-11:30 am
Are you an alumnus and interested in participating? Get information about how to submit your artwork here.

Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st-Century
January 22-April 9, 2015
Guest curated by Aihua Zhou, MFA


About the Gallery

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has held many exhibits including: "Western Salon" featuring sculptures and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.

The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but typically include foreign language tours and lectures by professionals in the visual arts. Curator- or volunteer-led tours are available for free; we request that you make reservations beforehand.

For-credit, paid, and unpaid internships are available. These internships give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a university museum-standards gallery setting.

For information about the gallery's exhibitions, tours, or internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu

About the Collector

Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze sculpture of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.

In addition to bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.

The gallery retains only a small part of the collection, which Rolland and his wife Kay Green are still assembling. He intends to donate it to Cal Lutheran over time.

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