Researching and developing the history of Jim’s life and his art provides context and understanding for the artwork that will be shown in the exhibition. Tracking down, collecting and borrowing the artwork that will properly present Jim’s life history as an artist is quite a challenge.
Fortunately, for a start, we had a core group of collectors that spearheaded the effort to obtain the exhibition at the Indiana State Museum that are willing to lend artwork. And through long time relationships, contacts made while researching and thanks to chance encounters we have been able to track down an exceptional collection of Jim’s artwork to present at the exhibition.
By “we” I mean Mark Ruschman, Dr. Steve Conant, Satch and me. What is great about working on this exhibition is that our group works together incredibly well and we all are working toward the same goal, revealing to the world the artwork of arguably one of Indiana’s greatest modern artists, James Spencer Russell.
At a point in the future I hope to be able to release the list of lenders to the exhibition. This will be done when permission is granted from the Indiana State Museum.
But at this point I do want to express how very generous, enthusiastic and supportive of the exhibition the group of collectors that are lending artwork have been thereby ensuring that the exhibition will be a major success.