UNF art students can now go beyond textbooks and online
reproductions to view actual examples of various types of prints thanks to a
recent donation by a Jacksonville couple.
Dr. Saul and Judy Eisen donated 15 prints and paintings
to the Department of Art & Design to be used for educational purposes. “My
husband and I would hope that eventually these prints could be instructive to
future students. They can see firsthand the different types of print-making
techniques in use,” Judy noted.
The Eisens have a collection of more than 100 pieces of
art, mostly purchased from New York art galleries over the years. While editing
their collection, some were given to their children and others were donated.
Judy said some pieces were donated if they had more than one piece from the
same artist. “Other pieces were collected very early in our purchasing and I
had looked at them for many years, so I wanted others to enjoy them.”
Debra Murphy, chair of the Department of Art &
Design, said she is thrilled with the acquisition of such high-quality prints.
“They will be used in the classroom to study techniques, composition and
various styles and periods,” she explained.
Murphy added that the prints will also be the focus of an
exhibition in the UNF Gallery of Art. “Students will be charged with
researching the works, curating and installing the exhibition,” she said.
Paul Karabinis, assistant professor of Photography and
Art History, explained that the prints and paintings are a significant boost to
the mission of the program.
“It is our hope that these artworks will form the core of
a University collection and serve as a focal point in a new exhibition facility
in the near future. The Eisens have been great supporters of our program and
their generous gift will be of immediate value to art students who will use the
artworks as a focal point for research and preparation of the exhibition,” he
In 2003, Karabinis organized an exhibit of the Eisens’
prints at the University Gallery of Art, where more than 30 prints were
Judy has had a long involvement with UNF. She received
her master’s in Counseling Psychology from UNF in 1978 and even worked part
time for the University, to help write and edit the first course catalog.
Judy and Saul are regular auditors of UNF classes and
supporters of the Department of Art & Design. Judy has also guest lectured
in art classes and was recently named to the Dean’s Leadership Council for the
College of Arts & Sciences.
Neither has any formal art education or background in
art. “The little bit we know we’ve learned on our own. When we travel, we
always go to museums and art shows,” Judy said.
UNF students will now benefit from those travels. “These
pieces will enrich the learning experiences of our students in perpetuity while
they add to the cultural vitality of our campus,” Murphy noted.