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Pieces from Transylvania’s extensive collection featured in first Morlan Gallery exhibit of 2008-09 season; runs through October 10

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery opened its 2008-09 season September 12 with an exhibition featuring the finest of Transylvania University’s own collection. The exhibition runs through October 10.

Curated by Estill Curtis Pennington, considered by some to be Kentucky’s resident expert on the fine arts of the state, The Transylvania University Collection exhibition features early historic portraits, as well as academic, pastoral and early modern artwork.

“The collection of Transylvania University is distinctive as a repository for many early Kentucky portraits which might otherwise have been lost,” said Pennington. “But the University also owns later work, like those of Sudduth Goff and Robert Burns Wilson that are clear indicators of the climate of taste at various times in the Bluegrass.  All of the works in the collection help illuminate the role Transylvania has played in shaping the intellectual history of the Commonwealth.”

Ellen G. Miles, Head Curator of Painting and Sculpture for the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.A special event will be tied to this exhibition. The Making A Kentucky Master: Gilbert Stuart and Matthew H. Jouett Symposium, Walking Tour and Reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, from 3-5 p.m. Guest lecturers are Ellen G. Miles, Head Curator of Painting and Sculpture for the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution and Estill Curtis Pennington. The event begins in Transylvania’s Cowgill Building, room 102, tours through historic Gratz Park and concludes with a reception in the Morlan Gallery. This event is free and open to the public, although reservations are suggested. To make a reservation, contact Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery at (859) 233-8142 or

The Morlan Gallery’s regular hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and by special appointment. The gallery will also be open for the Lexington Gallery hop on Friday, September 19, from 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact gallery director Andrea Fisher.