Olin Gallery receives donation of Andy Warhol photographs

Image © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Image © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

SALEM, Va. - The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program has donated 103 Polaroid and 51 black-and-white photographs to Roanoke College's Permanent Art Collection. These original images were taken by famed pop artist Andy Warhol and are some of the more than 28,500 photographs the program is donating to 183 colleges and universities around the country, including institutions such as Yale University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Roanoke is in good company with the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University as one of the few Virginia galleries to receive a Warhol donation.

Each institution is receiving a selection of works, including portraits, celebrity snapshots, couples, nudes, painting ideas, party photos, still lifes and outdoor scenes. Among the Olin acquisitions are Polaroid images of President Jimmy Carter, William Burroughs and Cheryl Tiegs, and black-and-white photographs of Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli and Martha Graham.

President Michael Maxey says, "We are pleased the Warhol Photographic Legacy Program concluded that the quality of Roanoke College and its accessibility to the community meets their highest standards, and we are pleased to share this collection with the larger community. This is a sign that Roanoke College is attractive as a premier destination for art. We are pleased that the College is deserving of this kind of recognition."

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was founded shortly after Warhol's death in 1987, and the Photographic Legacy Program was developed in 2007 to celebrate the foundation's 20th anniversary. The aim of the program is to provide greater access to Warhol's work and process and to enable a wide range of individuals across the country to view and study Warhol's photographic work.

"We are very honored for Roanoke College's Permanent Art Collection to have been chosen for the Legacy Program," Olin Gallery Director Talia Logan said.

A selection of the Warhol photographs will be on display at the Olin Gallery in the fall of 2010. A more extensive exhibit will be displayed after the collection has been documented and the pieces framed.

More information about the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy program can be found here.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Photos are a gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Released: June 2, 2010
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