Art aficionados gathered in Founders Hall in early March for an evening celebrating a new space on campus that’s dedicated to appreciation of the life aesthetic.
The Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries will exhibit prints on campus in collaboration with local institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
USD board of trustees president Robert Hoehn is a long-time patron of the arts; this gift funded both the galleries’ renovation and the creation of an endowment to support future exhibitions. When introducing Hoehn, university Pres-ident Mary E. Lyons pointed out that the school’s history is based on an appreciation of beauty.
Numerous members of the university community have collaborated to bring the project to fruition, including former President Alice B. Hayes, professor emerita Therese Whitcomb and university designer Mary Whelan.
The opening exhibition, The Famous Face: Portraiture in Prints from Dürer to Warhol, features 57 prints by artists such as Warhol, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso.
In his remarks, Hoehn dedicated the exhibit to USD alumnus and former director of the Timken Museum John Petersen, who passed away in late 2006. “John was a great friend to the University of San Diego,” Hoehn said. “His wise counsel and passion for the university will be greatly missed.”
The exhibit runs through May 27. Admission is free. For information, call (619) 260-4261.