J. Bernard Schultz Fund

The J. Bernard Schultz Fund was established in 2010 in appreciation of the service of former Dean Bernie Schultz to the WVU College of Creative Arts. The fund is used to purchase works of art for the museum collection in his honor.

The first acquisition from the J. Bernard Schultz Fund for the Art Museum of WVU was a color wood block print titled The Graveyard by Blanche Lazzell, a Morgantown native and WVU graduate. This print was exhibited with six other prints in the landmark 1919 exhibition, Wood Block Prints in Color by American Artists, organized by Claude Burroughs for the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The wood block prints in the exhibition were: West Virginia Hills, The Graveyard, The Monongahela, Color Organization, The Violet Jug, Trees, and Two Boats. The print, The Graveyard, from this exhibition was the first print taken from the block and the 31st color wood block print Lazzell created. After the exhibition in Detroit, the print was also exhibited in Wichita, Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York before it was sold in 1928 to Edna Brush Perkins of Cleveland, Ohio. The print remained in her family until 2012 when it came up for auction at Sotheby’s. With assets from the J. Bernard Schultz Fund, the Art Museum of WVU was able to successfully acquire this significant work of art.

Lazzell Graveyard

Blanche Lazzell, The Graveyard, 1918, Color wood block print on Japanese paper mounted on Japanese paper, 7 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches


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