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Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibition Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All

September 12 to November 6

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All, on view September 12 through November 6, 2016, with an opening reception Monday, September 12, 7 to 9 p.m., and a reception during the annual Nobel Conference of Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday, September 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition includes sixty-one fine artworks from the remarkable and impressive collection of Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Martha Penkhus that provide detailed glimpses into the English countryside, its occupants, and their activities, from around 1800 to the present.  Thirty-six different artists, mostly British, are represented, among them key sporting and animal artists such as John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1795-1865) and Harry Hall (1814-1882), and Royal Academicians James Ward (1769-1859) and Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), the latter who served as President of the Royal Academy.  Works in the exhibit feature images of racing, pets, hunting, and prized livestock including cattle and, especially, horses.  Both these animals are depicted in the sole work included by a French artist, the famed Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), acknowledged as one of the greatest animal painters in the history of Western art.

There are four sections in the exhibit, Livestock, Racing (subdivided into Flat Racing and Jump Racing or Steeplechasing), Pets, and Foxhunting.  Foxhunting was for centuries a common aspect of English country life, one that at least initially was considered crucial in order to protect smaller livestock on which foxes preyed.  Because the fox has a limited number of natural predators, hunting them was part of the normal agricultural calendar.  Presently foxhunting is not practiced in England and it was outlawed by the Hunting Act of 2005.  There are works in the Penkhus Collection that have the "following of the hounds” as their subject matter.  They were chosen because they reflect a love of the countryside unspoiled by industry, a simpler time, the beauty of the horse, the correctness and skill of the riders, and the handsome hounds.

Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue that includes texts by F. Turner Reuter, Jr., an acclaimed historian, connoisseur, and collector of sporting and animal art who has published extensively on the subject, is owner of Red Fox Fine Art in Middleburg, Virginia, and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the National Sporting Library & Museum (also in Middleburg).

As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All and its receptions are free and open to the public.  Collector Steve Penkhus will make some comments about the Penkhus collection at the opening reception on September 12, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Additional information about the Museum and its programs can be found at www.gustavus.edu/hillstrom.

Upcoming events
Date Event
Sep 12 to Nov 6 Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibition Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It Allhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/hillstrom-museum-of-art-exhibition-animal-and-sporting-paintings-in-the-penkhus-collection-the-very-english-ambience-of-it-all/49857Hillstrom Museum of Art
Past events
Date Event
Sep 12 79 pm Hillstrom Museum of Art opening reception Monday, September 12, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/hillstrom-museum-of-art-opening-reception-monday-september-12-2016-7-to-9-p-m/49856Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 729 Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2016 on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-studio-art-majors-exhibition-2016-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/48828Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 7 46 pm Opening reception, Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2016https://gustavus.edu/calendar/opening-reception-senior-studio-art-majors-exhibition-2016/48827Hillstrom Museum of Art
Feb 15 to Apr 24 Exhibitions on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art featuring works by Betsy Ruth Byers, B.J.O. Nordfeldthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/exhibitions-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art-featuring-works-by-betsy-ruth-byers-b-j-o-nordfeldt/48025Hillstrom Museum of Art
Apr 7 46:30 pm Annual Junior/Sophomore Art Exhibition Opening Receptionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/annual-junior-sophomore-art-exhibition-opening-reception/48656Schaefer Gallery, Art Building
Mar 22 34 pm Babel's Absence: Reconstructions and Reappropriations of an Architectural Archetype. An Illustrated Talk by Kyle Dugdalehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/babel-s-absence-reconstructions-and-reappropriations-of-an-architectural-archetype-an-illustrated-talk-by-kyle-dugdale/48374FAA Lecture Room, Schaefer Fine Arts Center
Feb 25 3:304:30 pm Öyvind Fahlström - A Roman Artisthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/yvind-fahlstr-m-a-roman-artist/47587Confer Hall Room 127
Feb 15 79 pm Opening reception (7-9 p.m.) and gallery talk (7:30 p.m.) by Betsy Byers at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/opening-reception-7-9-p-m-and-gallery-talk-7-30-p-m-by-betsy-byers-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/48024Hillstrom Museum of Art
Oct 18, 2015 3:304:45 pm LEFLER LECTURE by R. Tripp Evans in conjunction with Grant Wood exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/lefler-lecture-by-r-tripp-evans-in-conjunction-with-grant-wood-exhibition-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/46769Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Sep 14, 2015 79 pm Opening Reception for Two Exhibitionshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/opening-reception-for-two-exhibitions/46282Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 431, 2015 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/free-art-tasting-and-false-advertising-senior-art-majors-exhibition-2015-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/45141Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 2, 2015 46 pm Senior Art Majors Exhibition opening reception at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-art-majors-exhibition-opening-reception-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/45140Hillstrom Museum of Art
Feb 23 to Apr 19, 2015 Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, and additional exhibitions, at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/imagined-worlds-large-and-small-the-photographs-of-sarah-hobbs-and-lori-nix-and-additional-exhibitions-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/44762Hillstrom Museum of Art
Mar 27 to Apr 6, 2015 Hillstrom Museum of Art hours during spring breakhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/hillstrom-museum-of-art-hours-during-spring-break-5/45066Hillstrom Museum of Art
Nov 24, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015 Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibitions: Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine, and FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn's Magician with Shearshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/hillstrom-museum-of-art-exhibitions-fluid-chromatics-epoxy-paintings-by-patrick-blaine-and-focus-in-on-everett-shinn-s-magician-with-shears/43500Hillstrom Museum of Art
Dec 11, 2014 3:304:30 pm Student Art Exhibit Openinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/student-art-exhibit-opening/43595Schaefer Art Building first floor hallway
Nov 24, 2014 79 pm Opening reception for Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine, at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/opening-reception-for-fluid-chromatics-epoxy-paintings-by-patrick-blaine-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/43499Hillstrom Museum of Art
Sep 22 to Nov 9, 2014 Pull Left--Not Always Right: Emerging Contemporary Artists in Chinahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/pull-left-not-always-right-emerging-contemporary-artists-in-china/42962Hillstrom Museum of Art
Oct 1921, 2014 Hillstrom Museum of Art hours during Reading Days/fall breakhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/hillstrom-museum-of-art-hours-during-reading-days-fall-break-2/43199Hillstrom Museum of Art