Pfeiffer collection to be featured during special one-hour exhibition on May 8
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Indiana University Art Museum received a collection of original prints from the estate of the late Drs. Isobel Lorraine and Robert Pfeiffer. The gift will further the Pfeiffer’s legacy of supporting education and art in Indiana.
According to John Elliott, who had a long relationship with the Pfeiffers in his role as vice president and trust officer at 1st Source Bank, the couple made this gift to the IU Art Museum to support its academic mission and provide cultural inspiration for students. Both IU alumni, Isobel Lorraine Rarick Pfeiffer received her master’s degree from the IU School of Education in 1948 and Robert T. Pfeiffer received his doctoral degree from the IU School of Education in 1953. Isobel went on to earn her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University in 1966.
“Dr. Isobel Pfeiffer was a committed and passionate educator. Together with her husband, Bob, the Pfeiffers were some of Warsaw’s most beloved citizens,” said Elliott. “They contributed to their community in large and small ways, and they frequently went out of their way to help those in need.” In addition to their gift to IU, the Pfeiffers created the Pfeiffer-Rarick Scholarship Endowment through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation to assist Manchester University students who demonstrate financial need.
“I’m delighted that the IU Bloomington campus will preserve my sister and brother-in-law’s legacy of generosity and passion for art through this collection,” said Evelyn Marsh, sister of Isobel Pfeiffer.
Throughout their careers as educators, the Pfeiffers maintained a deep appreciation for travel and art, collecting original prints from around the world. These prints, included in their estate gift to the IU Art Museum, contain works by artists from the United States, India, Canada, Japan, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), and Germany. The Pfeiffers collection primarily falls into several categories, including works by women artists, American Regionalists and Modern artists, and abstract works by artists in the 1950s and 60s.
“As a teaching museum, the Indiana University Art Museum is interested in collecting a wide range of artists, periods, styles, and techniques,” said Nan Brewer, curator of the IU Art Museum. “This collection supports our mission by adding to the museum’s representation of women artists, international art from the mid-twentieth century, and works produced with less common printing processes, such as mezzotint and wood engraving.”
Highlights from the Pfeiffer print collection will be featured in a one-hour exhibition on Friday, May 8, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the IU Art Museum’s viewing room. For those who would like to attend, please meet at the IU Art Museum’s offices on the third floor and check in with the receptionist. More information about the Pfeiffer’s exhibition can be found on the IU Art Museum Calendar.
The IU Art Museum’s mission is to preserve, exhibit, collect, research, publish, and interpret original works of art to advance the academic goals of Indiana University and to enrich the cultural lives and spiritual well-being of society. In 2014, over 82,000 people visited the galleries or attended special events at the IU Art Museum, including nearly 11,500 IU students and over 4,000 students in grades K-12.