John Pickard (1858–1937)
Pickard Hall (1892–202?)
After gracing Francis Quadrangle for nearly 130 years, Pickard Hall is coming down. This iconic figure, one of the oldest buildings on campus, has seen a complex and multifaceted history. From its beginning as a chemistry hall to the home of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, it is situated in a legacy of learning despite contamination from the early activities it housed. As Pickard Hall is being dismantled, I seek to commemorate its many angles of beauty, and also to gain perspective of the life and legacy of the man for whom it was named.
About the exhibitor:
Erin M. Price is an Artist, Educator, and Doctoral Candidate in the College of Education and Human Development. Her work explores the power of place and the complexity of relationships which connect people and spaces across time. Like Pickard, Erin sees the value of public art, and also the power of public discourse which artmaking and art viewing can incite. She seeks to broaden the conversation about historical narratives, inclusivity, and how we might use art and art history to care for each other in the present, across a plurality of perspectives and experiences.
Special thanks to Dr. Cathy Callaway (MU Museum of Art & Archaeology) and Dr. Anne Stanton (School of Visual Studies) for their help with this project.