The Eva G. Farris Art Gallery is located in the Library Building of the Crestview Hills, Ky. campus of Thomas More University. Initially created to enrich the liberal arts experience at the University, The Gallery has become a leader in exhibiting local, regional and national contemporary artists and is one of the premier University galleries in Northern Kentucky.
For more information about current exhibitions, gallery talks, and lectures or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting in the gallery, please contact the Gallery Director Elizabeth Neal.
The Artist at Home: NKY Collects Duveneck exhibit in the Eva G. Farris Gallery July 18 through August 19.
Frank Duveneck (1848-1919) was considered to be among the most talented of dozens of young American artists who went abroad to study and work in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. With American art education in its infancy and virtually no American art museums from which to study, Europe was incredibly alluring for young men (and a few women) who longed to become painters. When he left his Covington home for the first time in 1869, neither he nor his family nor his Benedictine supporters had any idea that their young artist would become an important leader in the American expatriot artist movement. His energetic brushstroke and masterful technique excited other young artists and he was equally respected by established Americans working in Europe. John Singer Sargent, himself a master of the swashbuckling brushstroke so famously remarked, “After all’s said, Frank Duveneck is the greatest talent of the brush of this generation.”
Despite the worldly reputation and international acclaim for Duveneck, for nearly two-thirds of his life, the painter resided and worked in his studio here in Northern Kentucky, at 1232 Greenup Street. Throughout the twenty-some years he spent painting and teaching in Munich, Polling, Florence, Venice, and Paris, he returned to his home in Kentucky. We know that his periodic visits always produced new portraits of family and neighbors or anyone with an interesting face. Most exhibitions and scholarship on Duveneck have focused their attention on his Munich and European years. In this, our own designated “Year of Duveneck,” we sought to examine our most acclaimed artist on the local level and his work produced on the home front.
This exhibition is about connections and collections. As the title indicates, we are featuring works that have been borrowed from Northern Kentucky collectors and private collections housed in this region. These are seldom seen or never before seen works the artist produced during his time spent at home. We are fortunate to able to borrow his first true independent work from the Benedictine sisters (with a little help from our Thomas More connection to the order—see photos on the left) and we have works from families whose portraits have never left their homes before this. Some works are actually paintings that Duveneck’s descendants are just now releasing to the public for the first time. As you will notice we have included two paintings from his wife, Elizabeth Boott Duveneck because we also found her work in local collections and she was such an important part of his life and development and the fact that she deserves more attention and study.
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More University unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the “Eva G. Farris Art Gallery.”
“For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals,” said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More University. “She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community.”
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson ’07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.
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Friday – 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday – 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Special Holiday Hours may change this schedule. The Eva G. Farris Art Gallery is located on the entrance level of the Thomas More Library. For more information, call 859-344-3300.