It will open to the public Jan. 12, with a lecture and reception to be scheduled at a later date. The exhibit will close Feb. 19.
Pozzatti and his wife, Doti, recently gave the Hite Art Institute more than 400 prints he completed over the course of his 60-plus-year career.
The exhibit “Rudy Pozzatti: a life in print” draws from that gift. Each of the Hite’s three Schneider Hall galleries will feature a different aspect of his collective works:
- An overview of etchings and lithographs will hang in the Belknap Gallery
- Gallery X will host a recently completed suite of 12 large prints that depict the “Labors of Hercules,” and
- Covi Gallery will showcase woodcuts by Pozzatti and UofL colleague and friend Henry Chodkowski.
Pozzatti began his teaching career at the University of Nebraska. He moved to IU in 1956 and stayed until his retirement in 1991. During that time, he made the IU printmaking program into a national leader.
During his career, Pozzatti received major grants from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Ford and Rockefeller foundations and was an exchange artist in Italy, Brazil and Japan and at many U.S. institutions. He was a Bingham visiting scholar at UofL in 1973. Besides teaching here and exhibiting at Louisville galleries and the Speed Art Museum, Pozzatti’s connections to Louisville also include former students who are recognized artists in the city and region.
The Hite galleries in Schneider Hall are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Pozzatti collection housed at the Hite Art Institute is open to scholars.