A former academic dean at Plymouth State has donated a valuable Karl Drerup ceramic art piece to PSU. Richard Seltzer of West Roxbury, Mass., served as academic dean at Plymouth State from 1958-63, and was personally acquainted with Drerup. The two helped establish the institution’s first art department, headed up by Drerup, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading figures in twentieth-century enameling. Drerup’s framed enameled piece is of Rounds Hall, Plymouth State’s historic clock tower building.
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Seltzer’s generous gift is unique.
“It is believed to be the only piece Karl Drerup produced that depicts a building on our campus. We are thrilled that the Seltzer family has given us such a precious gift,” Steen said.
Seltzer said he valued the gift from his longtime friend and colleague.
“I’ve been thrilled with Plymouth and Karl Drerup, and he honored me with this piece when I left here in the early 60s. Giving this to Plymouth State seemed like the most meaningful thing I could do,” said Seltzer.
PSU Development Director Angela Matthews said the framed, 6 x 6 inch Drerup enamel is a beautiful addition to the University’s growing collection of Drerup’s art.
“To personalize the piece, Professor Drerup added sailboats to the scene because, while at Plymouth, Richard had built himself a sailboat for use on Squam Lake. It’s perfect that this rendering captures the talents of both men,” Matthews said.
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