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From February 6 to March 18, Reed CollegeÂ’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery will present Drawn Across the Century: Highlights from the Dillard Collection. The exhibition, which comes to Reed from the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will include over 50 drawings from artists that include Louise Bourgeois, Christo, Kenyon Cox, John Graham, Eva Hesse, Robert Mangold, Morton Schamberg, and Robert Smithson. The Cooley Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in Reed's library. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

Nearly half a century ago, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery began an annual series of Art on Paper juried exhibitions, sponsored by the Dillard Paper Company (now xpedx), and continues to purchase work from these exhibitions. Drawn Across the Century: Highlights from the Dillard Collection brings together gems from the Weatherspoon's extraordinary collection. It tracks the histories of American art in this century and offers the revelatory experience of looking at drawings that can be as immediate and intimate as a good conversation. As exhibition curator Douglas Dreishpoon writes, "The Dillard Collection was built on speculation and moxie. . . . the collection's diversity . . . has been . . . the main reason for its continued vitality."

The Dillard Collection was initiated at a time when works on paper by both historical and contemporary artists were extremely accessible and affordable. The collection's chronology extends from the late nineteenth century to the present and encompasses a diverse range of styles and techniques, from representation to abstraction, from pure drawing to composite and mixed-media works. A central mission for the collection has been the acquisition of work by contemporary artists at the beginning of their careers.

The Dillard Collection highlights the distinctive character of works on paper, as objects that embody an artist's most immediate creative impulses. Drawings offer an inside perspective as revealing as handwriting. They often tell us far more about the creative process than the finished work, for they record the way in which ideas are conceived and developed. The works that make up the Dillard Collection offer a perspective that adds a great deal to our understanding of artists better known for their work in other media, such as painting and sculpture.

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