When it was dedicated in 1973, Slack Hall housed Hancock Library, art studios for students, administrative offices, and Fishburn Auditorium. The entrance area was called the “Living Gallery” and was designed to be an ever changing and growing space for local artists to exhibit their work, an idea championed by Doris Church.
Since it was opened, many artists have displayed their work in the gallery. But In 1977, the space exhibited thirty-six paintings by one of the most important artists and fine arts educators in American art history, Thomas Eakins. Two years of planning were required to put the exhibit together. Funding was secured through a Virginia Commission of the Arts and Humanities grant, security was arranged, and catalogs were printed. Over five thousand people viewed the exhibit, including Lucy and Wilbur Hazlegrove (in photo to right).
When the space needed renovation in 2003, the Logan Family stepped up to ensure that the space will remain a vital link to local artists. In honor of the family, the space was renamed Logan Gallery. Their desire was for the gallery to serve as an ongoing exhibition of local artists and a place for students and the community members to appreciate artwork in a variety of forms. Last summer, Ellen McGimsey and Ellie Proctor rearranged the space to make it more inviting and and serve as a formal space for local artists and our annual student art shows each May. The slate of artists, arranged by Ellen, on display in Logan Gallery this year is impressive and worth a visit to Slack Hall. Click here for more information about Logan Gallery and the shows taking place this year.
The Crossties Blog provides timely updates about activities from the campus of North Cross School.