Ned O'Gorman was a poet, an educator and a devout Catholic. His papers are archived in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at the Georgetown University Library. Elizabeth Howard, editor of Ned O’Gorman: A Glance Back and Ned O’Gorman Artist(s) Books, is curating an exhibition that will open in October 2017 and provide a lens into Ned’s life: the passionate advocate, the loving Catholic, the brilliant intellectual and the artist.
The exhibition is dedicated to Nicholas B. Scheetz (1952-2016), the former Manuscripts Librarian at Georgetown University, who was a close friend of Ned O’Gorman’s and acquired Ned’s papers for the Library.
Clifford Chieffo 50 Years: The Founding of Art, Music and Theater at Georgetown
Clifford Chieffo Mondo Bambini Oil on linen, 1965 45 ½ x 42 inches
This exhibition celebrates the career of Professor Emeritus Clifford Chieffo, founding chair of the Department of Art, Music and Theater in 1967. Chieffo taught studio art and art history at Georgetown for more than 30 years, retiring in 1999. In 1970, President Robert Henley, S.J. established the Office of Curator of the University Art Collection and appointed Chieffo to that position. During his tenure, Chieffo had a major impact on renovations in several key spaces on campus including Gaston Hall, Riggs Library and the President’s suite.
This exhibition will focus on the three arenas in which Professor Chieffo evolved: first and foremost as Professor of Art, department founder and successful painter, silkscreen printmaker and author; second, as curator of the University Art and Antiques Collection which, during his tenure, was under the administration of the Academic Vice President and later the Office of Provost; and third, as scholar and lecturer in the field of American portrait miniatures. Chieffo contributed to the practice of miniature conservation, receiving a grant to pursue research at the American Academy in Rome. As an artist and researcher, he acquired a library of rare research volumes and miniature painting tools and supplies on the topic.
The silkscreen prints in this exhibition were donated, in 2009, by Chieffo’s daughters Nina and Toby, both Georgetown graduates. Many of the objects are being loaned by Professor Chieffo with additional holdings from the University Archives.