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McCarl Gallery to Open Student-Produced Exhibit Feb. 4

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Posted: Thursday Jan 30, 2014

Jan. 30, 2014

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will present an exhibit of 23 coverlets and images of fairy tales and folklore produced by Shelby Geary, a senior history major from Normalville, from Tuesday, Feb. 3 to Friday, June 6. Admission is free and open to the public.

Featured stories include tales from Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm and classic American tales such as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan.

The exhibit is completely student produced and curated by Geary who has has been employed for several years by the McCarl Gallery and has also volunteered at the West Overton Museum.

“Student involvement is an integral part of the McCarl Gallery and we work in conjunction with the School of Humanities and Fine Arts’ Public History program to give students firsthand experience in exhibit design, research and curation,” commented Lauren M. Churilla, curator of the Gallery and lecturer in history. “This is the first student-produced exhibit presented by the Gallery since we opened in 2008. The student curator is responsible for developing an exhibit theme, selecting coverlets, finding accompanying objects and artifacts, research and writing labels with direction of the McCarl curator. It’s a really fantastic program and a great opportunity for our students with interests in museums and public history.”

The McCarl Coverlet Gallery opened in 2008 and houses the lifetime collection of handmade American Jacquard woven coverlets of the late Foster and Muriel McCarl of Beaver Falls, which were a permanent gift to Saint Vincent College. Public exhibits of selections from the collection are shown throughout the year.

Further information is available by contacting the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, 724-805-2569, info@mccarlgallery.org or www.mccarlgallery.org.

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