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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alan Hooker makes a wonderful gift to the University of South Carolina

From: Harris Pastides
Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2014
To: Graham Arader
Cc: Alan Hooker, Tom McNally

Dear Alan,

As a university president I have many opportunities to be grateful and to thank people directly. However, your generous donation is not offered out of routine or obligation. Graham has started a national
 movement of teaching and learning through the art of natural history and I hope that the University of South Carolina will remain at its center.

We will search for vital, public spaces at the elegant President's House for your Eherts. They will inspire students and other visitors for generations to come.  Perhaps you will visit them, and me, someday.

With best Thanksgiving wishes.

On Nov 25, 2014, Graham Arader wrote to Harris Pastides and Alan Hooker:

Thank you Harris

This e mail introduces you to Alan Hooker - a Yale Graduate who was a very successful lawyer in NYC for many years. He is now retired.  An e mail from you would mean the world to him.

He may or may not decide if a visit from you is something that is convenient for him at this time.


Dear Alan

It turns out that Harris Pastides, President of the Univ of South Carolina, is in LA this week. He is deeply appreciative of your gift
of the Eherts and is looking forward to use your gift to inspire the visitors to the President's House in the Horseshoe at the Univ of South Carolina.

I know that because of your health a visit from Harris might now be convenient for you but he is offering.

Harris is a superstar visionary learning a great University in one of the poorest states in the country. He makes it work with creativity and integrity.

Hope you two can find a way to get to know each other.

Please send him your preferred e mail.


On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 Harris Pastides wrote to Graham Arader:

Yes of course. Fantastic. I am in LA this week. Shall I call him...or some other time?

On Nov 25, 2014 Graham Arader wrote to Harris Pastides:


Alan Hooker of Los Angeles has just donated 4 George Ehert Tulips to USC.  They are the finest engravings of flowers published in the 18th century

They would be absolutely splendid in the President's house. Truly glorious

Am getting possession sometime next week I hope.

This has taken two years of patient work.  Happy to send you jpegs if you wish.  But they will make the room they are in.

Also need to know how late USC is going to be open this year. Lots of donations right at the end it seems


Possible Gift to the University of Tennessee

From: Jefferson Chapman
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Subject: FW: Thank You
To: Graham Arader

As you can see below, we are moving forward with your dream.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jefferson Chapman
Research Associate Professor
Director, Frank H. McClung Museum
Knoxville, TN

From: Lindsey Joanne Waugh
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:36 AM
To: Jefferson Chapman, University of TN
Subject: FW: Thank You

Hi Jeff,

Please see Mary Campbell’s comments below. During dinner last night, she expressed genuine excitement at teaching with the Audubon turkey, a sentiment repeated in her email here.


From: Mary Campbell
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
To: Lindsey Joanne Waugh, Cat Schteynberg
Subject: Thank You

Dear Lindsey and Cat,

Thank you again for inviting me to Denise's lecture and dinner last night. I had a wonderful time. More than that, I'm very excited about all of these new connections that we're forging between my department and the McClung.

In that spirit, here's my latest version of the second part of my Charles Willson Peale lecture. I give versions of this lecture in my nineteenth-century American art class, our department's capstone art history seminar, the section of the American Studies capstone seminar that I teach, and my general survey of Western art history -- a class that satisfies one of the University's general education requirements and consequently seats 90 students at a time. I often have the students read a section of Paul Semonin's American Monster for this lecture. An analysis of, as Semonin writes, "the important role of myth and metaphor in framing our ideas of naturalistic knowledge," the book examines the American mastodon not simply as a paleontological find but instead as a potent symbol for emerging American identity. Working with the Semonin, I endeavor to show the students just how the Founding Fathers and their generation turned to natural history as a means of visualizing their collective national face.  As such, my lecture moves from a discussion of the American turkey as a contender for national animal to Jefferson's obsession with the American moose as a physical refutation of Buffon's degeneracy theory to Peale's mastodon itself.  (It is, for the record, one of my favorite classes. A real pleasure to teach.)

As you can see from my PowerPoint, my discussion of the turkey remains relatively rudimentary at the moment -- a brief nod, really, before I move on to prehistoric pachyderms and Jefferson's moose fetish. If I were able to show students that phenomenal turkey print that's currently on display at the McClung, however, I would flesh out this part of the discussion significantly.  It would be a tremendous asset to so many of my courses to get the chance to show the students the actual physical print as a part of this lecture.  I would also try to conscript our printmaking professor Beauvais Lyons to speak to my class about the printmaking process itself.  As the world become increasingly abstract and my students increasingly assume that a high-quality digital copy can replace the object itself, this would be a pedagogical luxury of the highest order.


Mary Campbell
Assistant Professor
School of Art
University of Tennessee
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Art & Architecture 242
Knoxville, TN 37920

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Relationship with the USC College of Social Work

Date: Tue, Nov 25, 2014
Subject: thank you
To: "Graham Arader 

Dear Graham,

We received the appraisal of the Redoute stipple engravings yesterday—thank you (and Caleb) so much!

I hope you realize what a tremendous gift this is for us.  You are responsible for the single largest gift in the history of the College of Social Work.  Words can’t express my gratitude, and my eagerness to see these beautiful works on our walls inspiring our students.

This Thanksgiving, getting to know you will definitely be one of the things for which I am most thankful. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.


Anna M. Scheyett, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Dean and Professor
College of Social Work
DeSaussure College
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Email:  amscheye@mailbox.sc.edu
Web:  http://cosw.sc.edu

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Prescott, Natural History Institute Reception

New exhibition
Oddities of the Natural World
at the 
 Natural History Institute Gallery!

Opening Reception this FRIDAY
November 7, 6 - 8 PM

Join us to celebrate a new student-curated exhibition, from the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection, with us this Friday. Exhibition and Reception hosted by students in the Visual Arts Exhibitions Practicum: Gallery Management Course. Refreshments will be served.

Natural History Institute, 312 Grove Avenue
Gallery is in the alley behind Grove, 
 where the natural history mural is located!