6413-Malone University welcomes Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss, guest curator for the 2014 Ferdinand A. Brader exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art
6413-September 26, 2012
Malone University welcomes Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss, guest curator for the 2014 Ferdinand A. Brader exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the Everett Cattell Library. The program – focusing on Brader's unique legacy to Stark County -- is free and open to the public.
Ferdinand Brader came to Stark County in 1885 and made hundreds of large, detailed drawings throughout the countryside. The illustrated presentation – of interest to historians as well as artists -- will reveal research results and new discoveries about Brader and his work.
The Canton Museum of Art has announced plans to create an exhibition and a publication dedicated to the historic drawings of the late 19th century folk artist Ferdinand Brader.
Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss has been named guest curator for the project, sharing her scholarly research into Brader's life and work. Brader came to the United States from Switzerland in the early 1870s, and travelled extensively throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio, supporting himself by creating large pencil drawings of the farms and properties where he was given temporary residence and payment. His drawings are startlingly accurate and detailed, mostly taken from an imaginary aerial vantage point, as though viewed from a tall tower or a balloon. Close examination of any of the Brader drawings reveals subtle details such as dogs and chickens, even Brader himself in some of the works. These are actually farms and properties which Brader clearly identified in a caption. Some of these properties still exist just as they did when Brader drew them, lending solid credibility to his artistic skills.
Because of Wieschaus-Voss' long-time familiarity with Brader's life and work, she was assigned the project some months ago by the Canton Museum. Already she has made many important contacts in private and museum collections, and located a large number of Brader drawings, some previously unknown. In response to her inquiries, she has received enthusiastic support throughout communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania where Brader's work is well known.
Progress is well underway in preparation for the exhibition, scheduled to open at the Canton Museum in December 2014, in conjunction with the publication of the book. According to Wieschaus-Voss, the information-gathering stage has brought exciting revelations about the Swiss artist and his work in the USA in the late 19th century.
Research results and breaking news are continually updated on the Brader Exhibit website, www.braderexhibit.com. Genealogists in Switzerland have been apprised of the Canton Museum project, and have thus far identified Brader's place of birth in the northeastern Swiss canton of St. Gallen, in the town of Kaltbrunn. They have also provided further revelations about his family, including the names of his parents and siblings. Efforts to trace his wife and son are ongoing under the efforts of the renowned Swiss genealogist Wolf Seelentag.
Exhibition plans include tracing the artist's path through Pennsylvania and Ohio and in so doing, new discoveries along the way of previously uncatalogued drawings are met with great excitement. Based on knowledge of Brader's numbering and dating system, most researchers assume that he made at least 980 drawings, of which less than 200 have been catalogued. Stark County is overwhelmingly in the lead with more than 100 known drawings, and the Berks County, Pennsylvania count is now at 30.
Find out more at www.braderexhibit.com.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2013.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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