Stephen Pruitt, of Overland Park, will present a discussion on collecting art, "Masterworks on Main Street," at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Mulvane Art Museum.
Works on loan from the Pruitt Family Collection are featured in the exhibit “Lasting Impressions,” which will be open through Jan. 27, 2013 at the Mulvane Art Museum.
Stephen W. and Mary M. Pruitt, of Overland Park, Kan., began collecting in 1989 with their first fine art purchase -- a dark and mysterious 1890 landscape etching by the German artist Franz von Stuck. Neither one of them had ever taken a course in art history, nor had spent so much as an hour inside a commercial art gallery. But there was something about that print that seemed to reach out and touch them. It was, as Martin Krause, curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, said at that time, "a great place to start building a collection."
The Pruitt family has shared their love of collecting with the general public for almost 25 years through 11 museum exhibition across the country. The collection, which features works from the 1500s through the 1900s, includes pieces by Thomas Hart Benton, Childe Hassam, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Anders Zorn, John Sloan, Felix Buhot, Erich Heckel, Albert Belleroche, Peter Ilsted, Frederick Sommer, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, Camille Corot and Grant Wood.
The Mulvane Art Museum, ArtLab and gift shop are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The museum is closed major holidays.
The Mulvane is located on the campus of Washburn University, at 17th and Jewell Streets. Free parking is available directly to the west of the Museum. Call 785,670,1124 or go to washburn.edu/mulvane.
Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711