The article above is excerpted from the Herald-Leader celebrates the opening of the collection in 2002. For the full article, see David Minton, “Georgetown Students Owe Much to Doctor.” Lexington Herald-Leader. 6 Oct. 2002-H1.
The Jacobs Gallery has enabled students to view works of fine art and objects first-hand, a key learning objective of the art department. Numerous class visits to the gallery have enabled students to directly observe modern and contemporary works of art in addition to 32 artifacts from world cultures, including ancient Greek vessels, two African masks and wood and figurines, Chinese porcelain bowls, Asian equestrian figures, ceramic pieces from Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Palestine, as well as transitional figures such as the Ushabti from the Ptolemaic period. In addition to art classes, many sections of this year's Foundations 111 course -- a required Freshman general education course -- utilized the Greek vessels in their study of the literature and culture of the ancients. This spring, Honors students sat beside the Kantheros, Lekythos, and miniature Skyphos while musing Homeric hymns to Dionysos and the wonders of Anacreontic verse. Students enrolled in the "Artistic Traditions of Asia" seminar, a Foundations 112 course, researched and presented material about the Asian artifacts and prints in our collection.
Over the past decade, students have come into direct contact with prize works of which no museum in the area can boast. But, equally important, students, faculty, and staff of the college have come to know Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs, generous benefactors but, also, caring, dear friends of the department who have opened our eyes to the wonders of collecting, to developing a passionate pursuit for art, and what it means to share one's passion with a broader community.
Prior to the establishment of the Gallery on campus, and, even, since, the Art Department has been fortunate to have an open invitation to bring students to the Jacobs' home to view art "in its natural state." Below, three photos from student visits to the Jacobs' home over the past few years.
Above: Summer 2008 field trip. Course: Old Masters, Young Geniuses.
Below: Fall 2005 Curatorial Studies class visit.
Friends of the gallery and department, please feel free to write a comment below as a testament to the ways in which you have been touched by the collection and the generosity of Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs. All comments received by Thursday, April 21 will be printed and forwarded to the Jacobs family.
For more information on Dr. Jacobs (whom the students have affectionately called "Dr. J"), see the online obituary. In closing, I would like to suggest that David Minton had it all wrong, in the article above: it's not just the "Georgetown students" who "owe much to doctor" -- it's all of us. Thank you, Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs!