Some previously unseen pieces of the John Money collection will be part of an exhibition to be held at the Eastern Southland Gallery at the end of the year.
The 400-piece collection belonging to the late John Money, of Baltimore, was sent to the Gore gallery in 2003.
About two-thirds of the Money collection was on permanent display at the gallery, while the balance was in storage, gallery programmes manager Marcella Geddes said.
“There’s quite a bit in the store room,” Mrs Geddes said.
“This is just an opportunity to bring more of the collection out.”
Since the collection came to the gallery some works which were in storage had been showcased, Mrs Geddes said.
Gallery curator Jim Geddes said during the late 1950s and early 1960s John Money had commandeered an area within Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore to stage exhibitions by emerging local artists.
“Many were undergraduate or postgraduate students from the Maryland Art Institute and he regularly purchased work from these shows,” Mr Geddes said.
Throughout the 1970s and ’80s Money was a regular attendee of exhibitions in the city and as a result he not only built up a large collection of artworks, but also a remarkable overview of the Baltimore art scene over several decades, he said.
“However, this was never a strategic collection. Rather, he simply liked supporting artists and assisting them at the early stages of their careers,” he said.
The upcoming exhibition, “From Baltimore to Gore”, focuses on some significant treasures from Money’s 55 years in that city, and tracks the careers of some key artists such as May Wilson, Lowell Nesbitt, Liz Whitney Quisgard and Sally Hopkins.