Alumni Show 2000
Two Haverford College alumni will display their paintings and drawings at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery as part of the alumni weekend festivities at the college from May 26 through May 28.
The exhibit provides insight into the different backgrounds and influences of these two artists.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26 in the gallery. The gallery is open on Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Bett Brosius Garrison's art reflects her life-long engagement with nature. For more than a half century, she has lived in rural southern New Jersey along the Cohansey, one of dozens of rivers that run through woods and wetlands en route to the Delaware Bay. In her works, she depicts the life cycles of plants, trees, mountains and tidal waters to explore themes of potential growth and change, two topics that reflect her interest in Eastern ideas and philosophies.
After studying at Swarthmore College and Bank Street College of Education, Garrison taught at Buckingham Friends School in Bucks County, Pa. When the United States entered World War II, she was among 20 women enrolled in the "R and R Unit," a war-time graduate program at Haverford College in the philosophy of relief and reconstruction.
Her graduate thesis entitled, "The Relocation of Japanese Americans in the Philadelphia Area," led her to a position at the Topaz Japanese Relocation Center in Utah, where she became acquainted with Eastern sensibilities such as recognizing the value of contrasts. She believes that such ideas continue to influence her development as an artist and remain evident in her depictions of nature.
Garrison has studied with Shozo Sato, director of the Center for Japanese Arts in Northern California, and has participated in several Asian art tours with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Columbia University Institute of Far Eastern Studies.
She has shown her works in juried, solo and group shows at various venues along the East coast.
Many of Thomas Duff's graphite drawings, etchings and oil paintings focus on mythical figures from Dante's Inferno, including Cerberus, the three-headed dog who torments gluttons; the Minotaur, whose two natures condemn him to constant internal war; and Minos, known as the "Connoisseur of Sin."
Recalling his college days, Duff created a dry point rendition of Founders Hall, a solid stucco-covered stone building that has been at the center of Haverford College's campus since 1833. However, many of his other works involve characters inspired by T.S. Eliot, Caravaggio and Thomas Merton.
After graduating from Haverford College in 1960, Duff earned a B.D. from Yale University Divinity School and an M.D. from Case-Western Reserve School of Medicine. Since 1975, he has taught neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also has shown his art works.