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Duff Memorial exhibit open to public at Academies’ Crisp Gallery

May 22, 2013

The late Charles T. Duff pictured in his home studio in 2005.

The Culver Academies' Crisp Art Center, a 2011 renovation to the former Eppley Hall of Science, is hosting two exhibitions in its Wolf and Deer-Zink Galleries.

Now on view in the Deer-Zink Gallery and Crisp hallway exhibition space is The Charles T. Duff Faculty Memorial Exhibition, which recognizes the career and artwork of one of Culver Academies' most respected and beloved master instructors of fine arts.

Comprising more than sixty artworks in ten media, the exhibition reflects the life and experiences Mr. Duff shared with his students, colleagues, friends, and family.

"I enjoyed the students," said Duff, reflecting on his years at the Academies. "They made it all worthwhile."

Born in West Virginia, the late Duff earned his bachelor's degree in geology and German before entering the Air Force as a fighter pilot.

He moved to Scotland to study at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he met future bride Anne, the two moving after marriage to New York where Charlie earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute.

The family moved to Culver in 1976, where he taught fine arts as a master instructor until his 1996 retirement. He later taught as an Adjunct Professor at Ancilla College, but continued to devote much of his time to his artwork, creating works in watercolor, tempera, pastel, wax encaustic, printmaking, and more.

His work has been shown across North America and Europe and is in private collections all over the world.

“This exhibition has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the artistic life of someone who not only influenced a generation of Academy students," says Bob Nowalk, Culver Academies Visual Art Collection Coordinator and coordinator if the exhibition, "but was also a creative presence in the Culver community. We are honored that so many of Mr. Duff’s patrons consented to loan works to the exhibition for the people of Culver to enjoy.”

The Crisp Visual Art Center’s Wolf Gallery parallels the Duff Exhibition with a selection of paintings from the Culver Collection addressing the broad subject categories of People, Places, and a Few Things. Installed as a teaching exhibition for the Visual Art Painting classes, the works on view span across the centuries from the marvelous portrait of Christ by the Master of 1499, given by Robert R. Young CMA’ 14, to the whimsical 1980’s Byron Burford painting of Tom Mix, a recent gift of L. Herbert Tyler, CMA ’47 in memory of his father Herbert F. Tyler. On view for the first time in this exhibition are several Impressionist paintings, one American and one French, given by Randy Deer, N ’48, as part of his continued commitment to strengthening the Visual Arts experiences for Culver students.

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