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The Historic Art of Brass Rubbing

Hoag Gallery | June 3 - September 10


About the exhibition:

Brass rubbing was originally a largely British pastime for reproducing on paper monumental brasses – commemorative brass plaques found in churches, usually originally on the floor, from between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The concept of recording textures of things is generally called making a rubbing.  

Brass rubbings are created by laying a sheet of paper on top of a brass and rubbing the paper with graphite, wax, or chalk, a process similar to rubbing a pencil over a piece of paper placed on top of a coin. 

This collection is loaned to us by Illinois residents Charles and Jeanette Gilchrist White, who became interested in this art form in the 1960’s while Charles executed his Fulbright Scholarship Award in Great Britain. 

Special events:  

Sunday, August 13 | 10 AM—5 PM:  Second Sunday with free basic admission made possible by the Union Pacific Foundation and Jane Rawlings and Carolyn Jackson in honor of Sandy Rawlings and Nancy Jackson.  Basic admission includes entrance to the Buell Childrens’ Museum and Helen T. White Galleries. Admission to special exhibit, Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings, is half price.

Friday, September 1 | 5 PM—7 PM:  First Friday Art Walk with free admission made possible by Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio and Koncilja & Koncilja.  Complimentary refreshments and entertainment included. Free Art Auction Catalog giveaway (while supplies last).