Exhibitions Director - Stephen Nowlin papers

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Exhibitions Director - Stephen Nowlin papers


  • 1986-2020 (Creation)


5.5 linear feet (14 boxes)

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Stephen Nowlin (GART 1978) started teaching at Art Center after earning his MFA. In 1985 he became Exhibitions Director and Vice President in Spring of 1989. When the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery opened in 1992, Nowlin became Director of the gallery, a position he held until his semi-retirement in 2021.

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These Exhibitions records were created by Stephen Nowlin, Vice President, Director, Williamson Gallery from 1985-2021. The collection includes reports, contracts, correspondence, and clippings which document the activity of the Director as well as the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

The Administrative files are mainly correspondence files. Of interest is the file on ArtCenter's original website, of which Nowlin was integral to the design and creation. The ArtNight files consist of brochures, meeting notes, and correspondence documenting ArtCenter's participation in Pasadena's citywide cultural event. The Exhibitions files document the many exhibitions Nowlin curated in the Williamson Gallery. Included are gallery mockups, loan agreements, and lists of art/artists. The Sculpture Garden files consist of loan agreements, condition reports, maps, and artist biographies. The Student Gallery files are mainly information sheets filled out by the students identifying their work for exhibition labels. The Clippings files contain photocopies of newspaper reviews of exhibitions.

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Series 1: Administrative Files
Series 2: Art Night
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Exhibitions
Series 5: Sculpture Garden
Series 6: Student Gallery
Series 7: Clippings
Series 8: Computer Files

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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Photographs and exhibition brochures have been removed to their respective Exhibitions collections.

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