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Cornelia Kuemmel: A Dream Denied

Violin LessonThe Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Classic Hall on the Central Methodist University Fayette campus presents its new show "Cornelia Kuemmel: A Dream Denied." The exhibition will open Sunday, Jan. 27, with a reception in Classic Hall from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The show, which also includes a small exhibition of works by Fred Irvin (1914-2006), a well-respected American illustrator, animator, and painter of pastels and watercolors, will continue until May 12 at the Gallery.

Cornelia Kuemmel (1863-1938) was born and died in Glasgow, Mo. She came from a talented family and showed promise as an artist at an early age. Against his wife's objections, Cornelia's father allowed her to study in St. Louis when she turned 18.

At age 23, she won first place in a St. Louis Exhibition for a portrait of a grieving family as the father leaves to fight in the Civil War, called "Reminiscence of 1861."

She won another first prize at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago for a portrait of her brother, Fred. However, when Cornelia was offered a scholarship to study in Paris, her mother refused, insisting that her daughter needed to come home and take care of her parents.

Cornelia returned to Glasgow and never left again. She became an eccentric recluse, but she never gave up her painting. When she died, her paintings disappeared in the winds; however, The Ashby-Hodge Gallery has found and assembled for show 50 pieces of Cornelia's work.

The Gallery is open Sundays and Tues.-Thurs. weekly from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. It will be closed for spring break March 10-18. The building is disability accessible through the parking lot (west side) of Classic Hall.

Groups are welcome and tours are available. For more information, please contact Dr. Joe Geist at jegeist@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6304, or the gallery at 660-248-6324.

 

 

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