Photo by Kim-Nora Moses
Textile designs, weavings, ceramic forms and metalwork not shown since the early 1950s round out this major survey of Schmidt’s work.
ELSAH — Principia College is presenting an exhibition of significant works spanning six decades by the artist James K Schmidt.
Comprised primarily of semi-abstract and colorful paintings, a selection of the artist’s highly acclaimed drawings and pastels are also on display. Textile designs, weavings, ceramic forms and metalwork not shown since the early 1950s round out this major survey of Schmidt’s work.
At a special event at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Principia College Professor Emerita of Studio Art Judith M. Felch will present an illustrated program tracing the influences, context and evolution of Schmidt’s outstanding career. This talk will be presented in the Marshall Brooks Library and be repeated Friday, June 27, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome.
“A life without beauty is only half-lived,” inscribed atop a Cranbrook archway, set high standards for the 1950’s graduate. Schmidt embarked on a long and rich career distinguished by technical diversity and rhythmic consistency of expression.
“My aim in painting is to resolve into two-dimensional pattern, color and texture significant encounters with my own world, moments of heightened awareness and feeling ... to work that I may identify some segment of life important to me, but possibly overlooked by others, give it a form that can nourish the imaginative and aesthetic responses, and thrust it before the viewer.”
“He has the knack of capturing and evoking the special qualities and personality of a particular place,” writes art critic Theodore F. Wol. “By evoking all this, rather than describing it coldly and clinically, Schmidt allows us to share with him a goodly number of his perceptual experiences ... And this sense of participation, coupled with his sharp eye for both the generalities and the specifics of a place, are what give his landscape sketches and drawings their exceptionally authentic and ‘lived-in’ air.”
Schmidt taught by example, inspiring students with his own productivity while fostering their individual expression.
James K Schmidt: Vision Expressed runs June 10 to Sept. 12 at Radford and Marshall Brooks Library Galleries at Principia College, 1 Maybeck Place, Elsah.