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The Gift of Sight: Eight Early Paintings by Frank Ruzicka


The Gift of Sight: Eight Early Paintings by Frank Ruzicka on view at the Georgia Museum of Art January 10 - February 15, 2004.

Francis A. Ruzicka (1924-2003), Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Georgia, was widely respected for his work as a teacher, administrator, and advocate for the arts. He served as president of Parsons School of Design in New York, and associate dean of the College of the Arts at Ohio State University, before chairing the School of Art at UGA from 1976 until 1989. A leader in arts education, Ruzicka was also a gifted artist. (right: Still Life with Wax and Fruit, 1951, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, signed: lower right)

The Gift of Sight presents eight paintings by Frank Ruzicka from the outset of his career and marks the first solo showing of his work at the Georgia Museum of Art. In a chapbook prepared last year, Ruzicka expressed gratitude to his mentors and described the significance of this "family of eight," the complete body of paintings remaining in his possession: "As my earliest paintings, they were efforts from which I sought to learn about the building-blocks of art. During the same period, there were many helpful faculty who opened my eyes, and I began to see." Vital to Ruzicka's education in art, life-drawing was also a key element in his own teaching. A small selection of his figure studies complements the paintings in the exhibition.

On view in the Letitia and Rowland Radford Collection Study Gallery, The Gift of Sight is organized by Greg Benson, chief preparator, and is sponsored by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Museum.


Celebrating Frank Ruzicka: Sunday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.

A closing reception for the exhibition The Gift of Sight and a commemoration of the life of Frank Ruzicka will be held in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium.


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