A new exhibition at the Tufts University Art Gallery introduces the life and work of the artist Elwyn George Gowen. Elements of Expression presents the breadth of Gowen’s career, featuring color theory practices, design work, handicrafts, and landscape paintings. The exhibit is curated by Tufts University students from the Museum Studies graduate program and it will be open to the public from Thursday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 20th. A public opening reception will be held on May 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Gowen began his career in early 20th century Boston during a revolutionary reconsideration of western art, craft, and educational practices. His strong command of color and design soon earned him significant appointments in the local arts and crafts community. Despite Gowen’s success, a summer excursion in 1931 to the Woodbury School in Ogunquit, Maine, dramatically changed the course of his artistic career. Romanced perhaps by the beauty of the natural landscape, by the community, or the methods and style of Charles Woodbury, Gowen permanently left his design career to study, teach, and paint from nature along the rocky coast of Maine. His steadfast exploration of color theory, design, and the methods and ways of seeing became uniquely his own throughout his progression from student to educator and from designer and craftsman to artist. For directions and other general information call the Tufts University Art Gallery at 617-627-3518 or visit http://firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tufts University Art Gallery is located in the Aidekman Arts Center, 40R Talbot Road, Medford, MA 02155.