Posted on Jun 29, 2006

From an American president to a British wartime poster designer, art shows planned for Union's Mandeville Gallery are bound to inspire, delight and help faculty and students put ideas into perspective.

“My goals are to continue to integrate the Mandeville Gallery and its exhibitions more fully into the life of the College community and to increase the use of these exhibitions as teaching tools,” said Rachel Seligman, director and curator of the gallery, in announcing the 2006-07 and 2007-08 schedules. 

Following is a look at what's on tap. To brainstorm ways in which the exhibitions can be incorporated into curricula or connected with a speaker, film or other special event, contact Seligman at

Portrait of Chester Alan Arthur

July 27 – Oct. 15:
Chester Alan Arthur: The Elegant President
Historical exhibition focuses on Arthur, Union Class of 1848, and his work redecorating the White House with renowned stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany; a reception is set for Sept. 28.

Oct. 19 – Jan. 28, 2007: 
“Armed: Contemporary Art and Violence”
Contemporary art group show with sculpture, collage, photography, painting and drawings that explore the human obsession with weapons

Feb. 15 – April 29, 2007: 
Sandra Wimer – Prints
Annual faculty show

May 17 – June 10, 2007:
Union College Senior Art Exhibition
Annual student show

In addition, the follow shows are tentatively scheduled:

Summer/fall 2007: 
Alumni Invitational
Showcases a variety of media and range of years, both professional artists and non-professionals

Fall/winter 2007/2008: 
Into Focus II – Art on Science
Contemporary art group show presenting artists whose work engages with science through technique, subject matter and as critique

Winter/spring 2008: 
Fernando Orellana
Annual faculty show

Spring 2008: 
Union College Senior Art Exhibition
Annual student show

Summer/fall 2008: 
Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means
Features work by Games, a British graphic designer and official war poster designer for England during WWII; includes wartime posters as well as those for Guinness, BBC, Shell, British Airways and other clients