Mission Statement

The mission of The Art Gallery at Rivier University is to present exhibitions that complement and enhance the university’s academic offerings, particularly those in art history, studio art, and design. It furthermore collects, administers, stores, and preserves the Rivier University Permanent Collection of Art for purposes of study, research, and exhibition.

The Art Gallery produces four to five exhibitions each academic year. Often accompanied by written commentary, lectures, gallery talks, or panel discussions, exhibitions aim to educate students, the broader campus community, and the general public about both historic and emerging art forms.

Current Exhibition

September 22 - November 19

THE SCULPTED FIGURE:
Featuring Historic Caproni Castings

This exhibition demonstrates fluctuating relationships between idealism and realism within the Western Classical tradition of figurative sculpture.

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Renaissance Florentine Girl
by Luigi Pampaloni

Florentine master craftsman Pietro Caproni practiced the art of creating precise castings. During the last two decades of the 19th century, he traveled throughout Europe making molds directly from masterpieces in such museums as the Louvre, the National Museum in Athens, the Vatican, the Uffizi Gallery, and the British Museum. In 1900 Caproni, who was one of the last of his craft to be allowed the freedom of casting directly from museum pieces, established a studio in Boston for making and housing plaster replicas which he made available to museums, schools, and private connoisseurs through an illustrated catalogue of more than 2500 entries. The Caproni Gallery, now the Giust Gallery in Woburn, became the leading art facility of its kind in the world. Some of the original molds have survived to the present day and catalogues can still be found in major libraries. The Caproni methods, too, have survived through the hands of skillful successors. Today well cast replicas, as shown in this exhibition, are valued as artistic achievements in their own right and are increasingly in demand by discriminating collectors.