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Teszler Collection of Hungarian Paintings, works by the late Mary Shand on display at Wofford

A painting by Mary ShandJanuary 3, 2007

Spartanburg, S.C. – Wofford College is hosting two exhibits featuring the Teszler Collection of Hungarian Paintings and the paintings of the late Mary Shand. Both exhibits open on Thursday, Jan. 4, and are free and open to the public.

In the late 19th century, a number of Hungarian artists left their homeland for study in Western Europe, particularly in France. Returning home, they continued to create works which reflected the influences and techniques learned in the West, but with a distinctive Hungarian subject matter and presentation. In 1991, the late Sandor Teszler presented to Wofford College his collection of Hungarian paintings from this period.

The Teszler Collection will be on exhibit through Feb. 23 in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery. Hours for the gallery are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Shand studied at the University of South Carolina and did further study at the University of Virginia and the Corcoran School of Art. While teaching art in the Washington, D.C., area, she developed a Color Field painting style that exploited the properties of differing pigments to flow across her canvasses, mimicking the balance and tensions of the natural world. During her lifetime, her works were shown in the greater Washington area, including the Corcoran Gallery, the Virginia Museum in Richmond, the Arlington Arts Center, and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. The collection has been donated to Wofford College by former Wofford visiting professor Rosa Shand. After exhibition in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, the collection will go on permanent display in the Anna Todd Wofford Center on campus.

Shand’s paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 29 in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Raines Center. Hours for the gallery are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, please call (864) 597-4300.