'Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush' comes to the Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam


“Landscape with Sportsman and Dog” (“Het Jagertje”) by Rembrandt, ca. 1645-1648.

The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam will present an upcoming exhibition of etchings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, the Dutch master artist. "Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush" will be on display in the Roland Gibson Gallery from Sept. 12 to Nov. 2.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for North Country residents to view work by Rembrandt. This exhibition represents the only time such a large selection of works by an Old Master has been available in the area. We are proud to offer this rare chance for students and the community to view such a unique selection of prints by Rembrandt," said museum Director April Vasher-Dean.

The fame of Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) as a painter was exceeded in his own lifetime by his renown as a master etcher. In an age and culture dominated by the intellect, Rembrandt's patrons treasured his ability to communicate the profound, spiritual beauty of the earthbound and the tangible.

Through self-portraits, landscapes and depictions of Bible stories and everyday life, Rembrandt captured the essence of feeling for the spiritual and personal, all portrayed within the context of 17th century Holland's dynamic society.

His artistry is embodied in the 35 etchings that comprise this exhibition from the permanent collection of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Ala. Adolph "Bucks" Weil Jr. (1915-1995) collected the outstanding etchings in this traveling exhibition, which are a portion of the legacy he left to the museum in his native city.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gibson Gallery, located in Brainerd Hall. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. "Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush" will be on display at SUNY Potsdam through Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam serves as the center for visual arts at the College, and encompasses all of the collections found throughout campus, including in the Gibson Gallery. The Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of quality works of art, and its collection includes significant artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries as well as earlier pieces. The mission of The Art Museum at The State University of New York at Potsdam is to make direct experience of the visual arts accessible to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the College, as well as to residents of Northern New York.

Admission to the Gibson Gallery, located at Brainerd Hall, is free, and the exhibition space is handicapped-accessible. The Art Museum is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. on Monday and Friday, from noon until 7 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, call (315) 267-3290 or visit www.potsdam.edu/museum.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam's arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community