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   from the issue of February 16, 2006

Tiffany lights Gallery


The glow of Tiffany lamps warms the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery at Richards Hall through Feb. 18, thanks to an exhibit of work by American artist and craftsman Louis Comfort Tiffany.

SETTING UP - Mary Johnson, a senior art major from Norfolk and an intern at the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery, readies a...
 SETTING UP - Mary Johnson, a senior art major from Norfolk and an intern at the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery, readies a Tiffany lamp Feb. 10 for the MEDICI exhibition. The exhibit - open noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 16-17 - includes a variety of Tiffany pieces (pictured below) and work inspired by the Art Nouveau designer. Photos by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

The exhibit is organized by MEDICI, a friends group that supports educational programs in the Department of Art and Art History. The original Tiffany objects were gathered from Midwestern collectors and are on display in the gallery, culminating with a MEDICI fundraiser Feb. 18.

Tiffany was an artist and designer during the Art Nouveau period that peaked in popularity in the early 20th century. His work includes stained glass windows and lamps, ceramics, enamels, jewelry and metalwork. A variety of items are on display at the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery.

"The exhibit is fabulous and a rare opportunity to see a gathering of Tiffany objects in one place," said Joe Ruffo, gallery director.

Ruffo said great care was used in setting up the exhibition of valuable items. For example, he used an inexpensive glass vase to set lighting, before the original Tiffany item was placed on a display base.

"We only wanted to move an item once," Ruffo said.

The MEDICI fund-raiser also incorporates the work of 30 local artists created for the event. Ruffo, an artist and professor emeriti in the Art and Art History Department, created an inkjet print of a Tiffany candlestick that is on display at the gallery. Work donated by the artists will be given to premium ticket holders at the event.

The exhibit is open to the public Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. The MEDICI fundraising event, "A Celebration of American Master: Louis Comfort Tiffany," is Feb. 18, 7 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy a hors d'oeuvres buffet with wine and coffee and will be given a book on Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tickets to the event are $35. A $250 premium ticket admits two people and entitles them to one of the 30 works contributed by local artists.

For more information about the event, call 472-2631.



The MEDICI organization raises about $12,000 each year for equipment, visiting artist and other programs that directly benefit UNL students.



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