For the past six years, the Art and Art Education program has benefited form funding provided through the Myers' Charitable Remainders Unitrusts. Established by Colonel Myers to support the arts in higher education, Teachers College has been one of five beneficiaries. Colonel Myers was a student at each of the Universities he supports. He was a student at Teachers College in the late 1930s and worked closely with the then Chair of Art Education, Edwin Ziegfeld, on his seminal text Art Today.
Projects accomplished and on-going:
Funding has enabled us to add almost one thousand new books to our arts section in the Milbank Library. For further information on this collection visit the library's website.
Teachers College owns a variety of important collections of children and student art assembled over the past century. Funding has enabled us to restore and exhibit the ‘Art of the Adolescent: International Collection' assembled by Ed Ziegfeld in the late 1950s, and the student work of Arthur Dow created during the first twenty years of the past century. Both collections are now available for loan. Enquiry's to 212-678-3360.
Other collections awaiting conservation include those of: Victor D'Amico, Al Hurwitz, John Lidstone, Angiola Churchill, Lois Lord, Pearl Greenberg and Carole Cade.
Discovering graphic artists
With Myers' funding we have begun a regular schedule of purchasing prints from students in our printmaking course. Each print is requested in an edition of 6, one for each of the Universities supported through Myers' funding and one for the College of Colonel Myers in Palm Beach, Florida.
Macy Gallery acquisitions
A number of works have been acquired through Macy Art Gallery exhibitions to add to the Teachers College permanent collection. The works include selections from visiting artists and from student shows.
Brings three Teachers College artist-teachers together with groups of youngsters in schools to record the seasons and their changing effects on the life of the Hudson River. The artists and their groups have been working in photography, water and oil paint and have accumulated sketches and notes recording their responses. A Macy Gallery exhibition of this work will be arranged during the year 2001-2002.
Myers funding has enabled us to begin a modest publication program. The first project was the production of the illustrated volume, The Ziegfeld Collection: International Artworks of Adolescents from the 1950s. Currently in production is an illustrated volume on the work of Arthur Wesley Dow and his students at Teachers College. We have also been able to bring back to life the journal Art Today, a compendium of writings in art education, which will have its first edition in fall 2001.