In 1991, DePauw received the Arthur E. Klauser '45 Asian and World Community Collection. The gift included Buddhist art ... more
In 1991, DePauw received the Arthur E. Klauser '45 Asian and World Community Collection. The gift included Buddhist art, notably icons and mandalas, objects related to Japanese noh theater and samurai culture, painted screens, and woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. Selected objects from this collection are currently displayed in the Shidzuo Iikubo Gallery, a dedicated exhibition space for Asian art. The gallery was generously funded by Hirotsugu "Chuck" Iikubo '57 in honor of his father, Shidzuo Iikubo, a graduate of the Class of 1923.
Gifts of Tibetan art donated by Bruce Walker ’53 complement the Asian collection and include an impressive number of 18th-20th century thangka paintings, 20th century drawings, and religious and ceremonial objects. Highlights from this collection are also on display in the Shidzuo Iikubo Gallery. New informative labels were added to the gallery in 2013 by students enrolled in a Winter Term course.
As you enter this gallery filled with East Asian artifacts from the DePauw University permanent art collection, you will have the opportunity to listen to authentic responses to these works of art by Greencastle Middle School students, whose perspectives you will find creative, refreshing, and thoughtful. Their insights were recorded during a Greencastle Middle School STEAM Club, an after-school opportunity for students to further their interests in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through programming at DePauw and beyond. I hope you enjoy hearing their voices and seeing the gallery through their eyes as well as your own.