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University receives gift from Andy Warhol Foundation

October 25, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State University’s Permanent Art Collection is among 183 college and university art museums across the United States that has been selected to receive prints through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.

The gift, made in conjunction with the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, will allow people from communities across the country a chance to view and study Warhol’s works.

Indiana State will receive approximately 150 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints selected by Jenny Moore, curator of the Photographic Legacy Program.

“Often, he would shoot a person or event with both cameras, cropping one in Polaroid color as a “photograph” and snapping the other in black and white as a “picture,” said Moore. “By presenting both kinds of images side by side, the Photographic Legacy Program allows viewers to move back and forth between moments of Warhol’s “art”, “work”, and “life” - inseparable parts of a fascinating whole.”

For some schools the gift will allow them to bring the artist’s work into their collections. For schools such as Indiana State, it is a welcome addition to their current collection.

These prints will join the five original prints in the Permanent Art Collection, said John Lustig, curator for the collection. Indiana State acquired Warhol’s “Chairman Mao” print in 1973, which joined works such as “Flowers” and “Kimiko Powers,” both acquired in 1972.

The fact Indiana State already had five prints from Warhol’s studio, The Factory, provided a foot in the door to the Foundation, said Lustig.

“They contacted us, told us about the Legacy Program and asked if we would be interested,” he said. “I submitted application materials and in August we were notified that we were under consideration.”

“I think this is an amazing gift for the university,” Lustig said, adding this is the largest block of artwork he’s acquired during his 15-year career in art. He plans to unveil the works sometime in Spring 2008.

Born in Pittsburgh, Warhol graduated in 1949 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a bachelor of fine arts degree in pictorial design and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Throughout the 1950s, he became one of the most successful illustrators of his time. Much of his commercial work was based on photographs and other source images, a process he would use for the rest of his life.

In the late 1950s he began to devote more energy to painting. He made his first Pop paintings, based on comics and ads, in 1961, and then a series of Campbell's Soup Cans in 1962. These created a sensation in the art world and launched Warhol as a celebrity. Except for a brief period in the mid-1960s, he would continue to paint until the end of his life. He also extended his talents into other fields such as film, publishing, writing, television, and music. By the time of his death, he was one of the most prolific and well-known artists the world had ever seen.

Warhol died on Feb. 22, 1987, due to complications following surgery. In 1988, a ten-day auction of his enormous estate of art and antiques raised over $20 million for The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh in 1994.

Years after his death, Warhol’s influence can still be felt in art, advertising, pop culture and design.

“Warhol’s work has universal appeal when you talk about contemporary art,” Lustig said. “His work is still very relevant, even though most of the works are 30 years old.”


CONTACT: John Lustig, ISU Permanent Art Collection, (812) 237-4334

WRITER: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or