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Retired IUSB art professor Anthony Droege to be special guest at downtown museum

This weekend could be your last chance to hear artist Anthony Droege speak about his work in Michiana before he moves to Oregon.

Posted on Feb. 21, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

ELKHART — The Midwest Museum of American Art is saying bon voyage to a long-time Michiana artist.

Retired Indiana University South Bend art professor Anthony Droege will be a guest speaker at the museum Sunday, Feb. 23, the final day to catch an exhibit featuring his work dating from 1971 to 2005. Museum curator Brian Byrn said Droege’s special appearance may turn out to be his last public lecture before he moves to Portland, Ore.

Droege will lead a free lecture beginning at 2 p.m. in the downtown Elkhart museum’s main gallery, sharing stories about his life and work as an artist in Indiana. He will also highlight some of his pieces on display at the museum, including 30 paintings and four bronze sculptures. The museum, 429 S. Main St., has a total of 62 pieces created by Droege in its collection, though not all are included in the recent exhibit. Three of his paintings are also hanging inside the Lerner Theatre on Main Street.

The Philadelphia-born artist studied at Penn State University and received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Iowa. He started teaching at IUSB in 1971. His body of work includes nearly 3,000 pieces of art.

“He is a contemporary realist painter that emphasizes figures, but he also utilizes still-life objects and touches on landscape,” Byrn said, adding that Droege’s paintings often feature images of his friends, family, former students and colleagues. “I encourage people to come hear the maestro speak. It promises to be quite informative and fun. If you didn’t know who Anthony Droege was before this, it will be a crash course in a way.”

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