Robert Stackhouse: Editions Archive

The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum currently is hosting an exhibit of Robert Stackhouse's print work (and a sculpture). The show was curated by Peter Foe. It is a wonderful exhibition where you feel immersed in the work, as you wind your way through the rooms and hall the art surrounds you in the best sense of a museum (inviting and informative). The journey through the museum enhances the passageway theme in the art. As you walk through each area you get a slight glimpse of something new and undiscovered around the corner, drawing the viewer deeper into the maze. Each image builds on the ones around it giving the feeling of discovery which is so present in the archaeological themes, a piece here and a fragment there, and if you step back you can get an outline overview of the artifact. And then the delicate coiled snake waits for you and watches.
Peter kindly called me over to see the show and get a copy of the catalogue and print which were made for this occasion. In the Introduction to the catalogue, Margaret Miller thanked me for my work on the Archive, which I appreciate.

When I worked at the museum I worked on the Robert Stackhouse Archive as well as the rest of the collection. It was an exciting project. The catalogue came out beautifully but I have not finished reading it yet.
The print which accompanies the catalogue is perfect example of Robert Stackhouse's print work. The bow of the Gokstad ship captures the archaeology and architecture themes. You can see the sculptural implications of the image, the strokes of the pencil and brush give weight and depth to the image, and the small print itself gives that feeling of catching a glimpse of a fragment something larger, yet still a delicate artifact in its own right.* [All images courtesy of USFCAM and Robert Stackhouse.]
When Robert Stackhouse made a large addition to the Archive in 1997 I wrote an article for USF Magazine which they titled, The Art of Giving. They changed the article and published it uncredited. I am including my version here along with the checklist of donated items.

On 11 March 1997, Robert Stackhouse donated to the USF Contemporary Art Museum twenty eight prints of his own artwork. They ranged in size from the miniature, 11" x 15", small snake and wooden A-frame structure to the immense, 55" x 102", Diviners. This donation brings the Robert Stackhouse Archive up to forty-four works documenting his artistic career to date. The Robert Stackhouse Archive is an ongoing project/process with Robert Stackhouse, who has promised to continue to donate one copy of every print and multiple he will create for the rest of his life. The USF Contemporary Art Museum will store, care, document, research, and exhibit the Robert Stackhouse Archive, and in the future will create a publication about Robert Stackhouse’s print work.

Robert Stackhouse is one of the most distinguished alumni from the Art Department, College of Fine Arts. Robert Stackhouse graduated from USF in 1965 and went on to earn a Masters degree from the University of Maryland in 1967. Robert Stackhouse has exhibited his paintings, prints, and sculptures throughout the United States since 1969; as well as, creating over thirty temporary sculpture installations and several permanent sculpture installations.

USF Contemporary Art Museum in 1981, hosted the exhibition David Haxton/Robert Stackhouse- Two Distinguished Alumni. In 1989, the Phyllis Marshall Center used its “Art in State Buildings” budget to purchase work from accomplished USF Fine Arts graduates; Robert Stackhouse’s watercolor, Three Forms was one of those purchases. In 1991, Robert Stackhouse created a sculpture installation, Soundless at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. In addition to the installation, he produced an etching and a lithograph, working with printmaking faculty members Bradlee Shanks, Theo Wujcik, and Art Department students. A poster was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Museum to document this exhibition. In 1991, Robert Stackhouse began working on three prints, Encountering, Red Encounterings, and Blue Encounterings, and a sculpture multiple, Immersed, at Graphicstudio, which were completed in 1992.

Robert Stackhouse has given innumerable lectures, presentations, and informal discussions to the students at USF, during each of his visits. Robert Stackhouse received a USF Outstanding Alumni Award; was a visiting painting faculty member in 1994 and was included in the faculty exhibition of that year.
The 11 March 1997 Robert Stackhouse donation was comprised of the following prints:

Niagara Dance Summer Artpark ‘77, 1978
For “Passings”, 1981
Brooklyn Bridge, 1983
Untitled, 1985
Untitled, 1986
Running Animals / Reindeer Way, 1986
Niagara Dance, 1986
Inside a Temporary Passage Structure, 1987
small snake and a wooden A-frame structure, 1987
Naja from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
Gokstad from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
Lake Garda / Shipwreck from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
At Hudson River Museum from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
At Eau Clair from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
At Sculpture Now from Sources and Structures portfolio, 1989
Ruby’s Way, 1989
Diviners, 1990
Approaching Diviners, 1990
Blue Diviners, 1991
Encounterings, 1991
Soundless, 1992
Soundless Soundless, 1992
Inner Soundless, 1992
Under Source, 1993
Over Deck, 1993
Ruby Lawrence, 1995
Ruby Lawrence, 1995
Adrift, 1996

Let Heaven and Nature Swing @ LCOS 7 Dec 2007

I was asked to do a few drawings for the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour’s annual Christmas Concert, “Let Heaven and Nature Swing”. I made two drawings for them. I thought, these will reduce down nicely for a program. They asked about putting parts of the image throughout the program as visual consistency, which I thought was a good idea.

Well I was surprised to see the image was also being used on the cover of the Church bulletin, the tickets, the brochure, the posters, and the 22 foot high banner behind the stage. They got their use out of this image. And the concert was a great success and a lot of fun; you should go to one of their concerts.

Here is the image that they used.
Here is the banner hanging.

Here is the other image I provided LCOS, which they didn’t use.

Lutheran Church of Our Saviour
& Pre-Kindergarten
8401 West Hillborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33615