The title for the 2014-15 programming of Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery is Landscape Revisited: “Wilder image bright.”
“Wilder image bright” is the last line of an 1829 poem by the American William Cullen Bryant titled “Sonnet to an American Painter Departing for Europe,” which is about the imprint one’s native landscape has on one’s inner life.
All of this year’s exhibitions will revolve around the image or “imprint” of the landscape and the notion of one’s natural environment as a matrix for creativity. Exhibitions will range from a community exploration of images of the local landscape to the work of David Thomas, a critically acclaimed painter from Boston who works in the tradition of the great late 19th-early 20th century American painters such as Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Throughout the year, the gallery will host landscape art workshops, surveys and a panel on the distinctive role the American landscape has had on the tradition of American Art.
This special year of landscape programming has been made possible through the generous funding of the R.W. Carstens Endowment for the Humanities.