Texas Heritage Museum to showcase Hill College art faculty’s collection through summer

  Jessyca Brown
  Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:25 AM
  Texas Heritage Museum

Hillsboro, TX

Hill College art instructor Tom Sale has been busy installing a new exhibit in the Texas Heritage Museum’s temporary art gallery, which features 40 limited-edition engravings, etchings, woodblock prints, and lithographs.

As noted in the title, “A Small Teaching Exhibit of Prints from the Collection of Tom Sale,” the exhibit is comprised of 17th century to modern dated prints Sale began personally collecting when he started teaching.

“The core of the collection came from prints my parents bought in Paris when the Louvre was still selling restrikes of original plates and from artist friends of theirs such as the well-known American printmaker, Frank Stack,” Sale said. “Over the years, I have added to this collection on my own.”

Other known artists featured in the exhibit include Scott Winterrowd and Noyes Capehart. Various other American, European, and Japanese printmakers, such as Honore Daumier, Albrecht Durer, and Rembrandt van Rijn, are also featured in the collection.

“When Hill College students, faculty, and other visitors see these engravings, etchings, woodblock prints, and lithographs on the wall in this art exhibition, their perception will change looking at old books with illustrations in how they were created and appreciating the different art forms,” said the Texas Heritage Museum’s dean, John Versluis.

Hill College art appreciation classes will use the exhibit to teach students about printmaking techniques. The exhibit is purposefully not labeled so students can find elements of art and search for clues about the techniques without being given the information usually seen on museum tags.

“The prints are beautiful works of art with a delicate surface and fine line quality,” said Sale. “We have all seen mass-produced reproductions, but to see these in person printed on quality paper is a great experience. Students will be able to study the artwork with a magnifying glass to see detail that could never be visible in a photograph or reproduction.”

The exhibit will be open to the public during museum hours from March 1 through July 31. The museum’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm and Fridays 8 am to 3:30 pm. Summer hours begin May 17 and run through Aug. 5, Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm and closed on Fridays. For more information about the museum, visit https://www.hillcollege.edu/Museum/Index.html.