School of Hishikawa Moronobu, (Japanese,1618-1694), Attributed to Hishikawa Moroshige, Figures Playing Sugoroku (Backgammon), Edo period (1615-1868) ca. 1690-1695, Fragment of a hand scroll mounted as a hanging scroll, painted in ink, colors, and gold on silk, Acquired in memory of Professor Robert Steen, Professor of Japanese Languages Collection of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (detail)

School of Hishikawa Moronobu, (Japanese,1618-1694), Attributed to Hishikawa Moroshige, Figures Playing Sugoroku (Backgammon), Edo period (1615-1868) ca. 1690-1695, Fragment of a hand scroll mounted as a hanging scroll, painted in ink, colors, and gold on silk, Acquired in memory of Professor Robert Steen, Professor of Japanese Languages Collection of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (detail)

February 16 – August 18, 2024

This season we focus on several significant acquisitions from the past 10 plus years and celebrate the ongoing generosity of our donors.¬†Over the past decade, OUMA’s collection has grown significantly with approximately 95% of that growth through gifts in kind.

The more than 30 objects on view in Skylight Gallery also represent the diversity of region, artist and media in OUMA’s collection with particular strengths in Japanese, French, and American; a balance of male, female, and nonbinary artists; and media ranging from fine prints, photography and drawings to oils, fiber arts and sculpture.

Works of art include a print by Paul Cezanne, The Bathers, the first color lithograph by the artist based on his painting Bathers at Rest, now with the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.

Also on view: a quilt by Gee’s Bend artist Lucy Pettway-Witherspoon; a pastel by plein air painter Eugene Boudin, friend and mentor to Claude Monet; photographs by contemporary nonbinary artist Jess T. Dugan; and a color lithograph by avant-garde Parisian artist Marie Laurencin, a champion of feminine representation and one of the only female Cubists. A rare 17th century scroll by the School of Moronobu is one of the most recent additions to the Japanese holdings of OUMA. It was acquired in honor of the memory of Dr. Robert Steen, Professor of Japanese at Oglethorpe University.

OUMA Collects 2024 is organized by John Daniel Tilford, Curator of Collections, and Elizabeth Peterson Jennings, Director.