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Collection Connection! Blumenschein’s Jury: the Intersection of Art, Justice, and the Constitution

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6 – 7 p.m. | Presentation
7 – 8 p.m. | Reception

Rockwell Members: Free; Students with ID: $5; Not-Yet-Members: $10

Participants are invited to a post-lecture reception with the speaker, immediately following the presentation.

Advance reservations required by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 22nd.

One of the most important objects within The Rockwell Museum is a painting by the modernist Ernest Blumenschein. Featured within this notable collection is the painting that Blumenschein considered to be the single best work of his career: Jury for Trial of a Sheepherder for Murder. As a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, Blumenschein’s work focused mainly on themes of northern New Mexico and its people. But the modernist painter did not hesitate to engage with current events or contemporary society through his art. By doing so, he has captured one of the best visual examples of our American judicial system known to art historians and legal scholars. Jury for Trial of a Sheepherder for Murder is embedded with visual markers of the American jury system and its role within our constitutional democracy. Come hear this fascinating tale of murder, justice, cultural tradition, and constitutional law as told through an artist’s brush.

About the Speakers

Bruce Petrie:
Bruce’s law practice involves education, health care, labor and employment, public sector and constitutional law. He is the author of three legal books: Constitutional Conversation: A New Lens on America’s Best Masterpiece ; Healthcare Labor and Employment Practice Guide; and Innovations in Ohio Workplace Law. He teaches Constitutional Law as an adjunct professor at Miami University and also in a Continuing Legal Education Program certified in five states. His blog Brush with the Law looks at current issues in constitutional law through the lens of American culture, arts and humanities. His background in legal and constitutional history includes Brown University Honors History and Northwestern University, JD and Law Review.

In addition to law, Bruce is an oil painter and illustrator (www.brucepetrie.com), a medalist member of Oil Painters of America, a founding member of Greenacres Artists Guild and a Shareholder and Member of the Board of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He is the author of a book on oil painting: Trail of the Brush: A Painter’s Guide.

Kirsty Buchanan:
Kirsty Buchanan joined The Rockwell Museum as Curator of Collections in January 2015, bringing with her fourteen years of experience in fine arts management. During her tenure at The Rockwell, Kirsty has overseen the complete reinterpretation of the permanent galleries, expanded the museum’s collection through strategic acquisitions, and managed the institution’s exhibitions, gallery design, research, cataloguing and care of collections.

Kirsty formerly was the managing director of the western art department for Heritage Auctions. While there, she co-directed the largest fine art auction in the company’s history and guided the department to establish new world auction records for a variety of western and American artists.

Kirsty earned her Masters of Arts in art history from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During her studies at SMU, she was recognized as a Meadows Artistic Scholar, a Comini Grant Recipient, and a Meadows Grant Recipient.