Dr. Hunter Stokes ’60 first traveled to Japan during the Vietnam War. He was serving in the eye clinic of the Camp Zama Army Hospital near Tokyo.
He returned to the United States with one piece of art and a growing interest. Now a collector, Stokes and his wife, Patsy, have loaned the college six pieces — including Hiroshiges and Imari ware — for the Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Eras (1603-1912) exhibition and have donated several dozen more from the Meiji period to the college’s permanent collection, where they will be accessible for students and faculty for research and study.
The exhibition, along with an exhibition of landscapes from the Johnson Collection, will be on display in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts through Dec. 20.