Anne Reid '72 Gallery
Fall 2021 Exhibition
Anne Gilman: At the still point of the turning world
September 8-December 17, 2021
An artist reception will be held on Thursday, October 14th from 4pm to 7pm in the gallery. The reception will be open to faculty, staff, students and parents. Public attendance will be determined as COVID protocol shifts and event details are subject to change. To inquire about scheduling a private viewing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Reid ’72 Gallery at Princeton Day School presents At the still point of the turning world, an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Anne Gilman. Gilman is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in varying formats that include large-scale drawings and multi-panel projects. The political, social and personal concerns that fuel all forms of moods, worries and psychological states of being are the materials that feed her work. The exhibition takes its title from T.S. Eliot’s epic Four Quartets; a stunning meditation on the nature of time. T.S. Eliot leads the reader through undulations of the past and the future, re-centering us consistently back within the present moment. Gilman does much the same in her artwork; echoing the practice of meditation through observation and acceptance of thoughts and emotions as they come.
“... At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance...”
About Anne Reid '72 Gallery
Anne Reid ’72 Gallery fosters community learning through the visual arts, seeking to connect students with the contemporary art world locally, nationally and internationally. The gallery exhibits renowned working artists as well as work by students from our PreK-Grade 12. Students are able to take part in running the gallery through Princeton Day School’s “Gallery Club.” The club plays a vital role in helping the Gallery’s director envision shows, visit artists’ studios, write press releases, promote exhibitions, install work and organize opening receptions and exhibition events.
Upcoming and Past Exhibitions
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Anne Reid ’72 was a gifted athlete on the PDS field hockey team and a prolific artist under the brilliant direction of Arlene Smith. The talented, outgoing and much loved Reid gave as much to Princeton Day School as it gave her. After she graduated in 1972, her father, Jack Reid, began working with Arlene to create an art gallery for the School. Tragically, as a Skidmore senior in 1975, Anne died in a car accident. Arlene and Jack put their heads together and the new PDS gallery became the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery, which has been instrumental in helping to spread Anne’s passion for the arts to many generations. Anne's classmate and friend Jody Erdman ’72 has been a leading force for art appreciation as Director of the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery since 2001.
After an 18-month Covid-induced hiatus, Princeton Day School’s Anne Reid ’72 Gallery is reopening with a new solo artist exhibit and new Gallery Director—Gwen Shockey ‘06, also an alumna and new Upper School visual arts studio teacher. Gwen succeeds the School’s first Gallery Director, Jody Erdman ‘72, who pioneered the Gallery’s track record of exhibits featuring professional, alumni and student artists.
As a student at PDS, Gwen was a pupil of her just-retired predecessor in the fine arts studio, Jerry Hirniak, whose approach has greatly influenced Gwen. “I loved being a student at PDS, and I am so thrilled to be back on campus in this new role. I took studio art classes with Jerry Hirniak every year in the Upper School. He helped shape my career as an artist and left huge shoes to fill. Jerry was actually the one who told me he was thinking about retiring several years ago and who encouraged me to consider applying for this position. It’s a dream match and I’m thrilled to be at PDS in my new role.”
Although Gwen’s relationship to PDS has changed, her admiration for the institution has stayed the same. She says, “The level of scholarship and passion for learning at PDS on every level—from student to faculty to staff to parent—is so thrilling. Everyone is passionate and eager to be involved on an interdisciplinary level. The students are so curious and motivated. It excites and pushes me to seek and provide learning opportunities at the highest level for them that I can.”
The classrooms at PDS are not just a learning environment, they are a place to form lifelong friendships and professional relationships.
As a multidisciplinary artist whose work centers around LGBTQ+ activism, Gwen works across a lot of different mediums, though she focused on printmaking at Pratt Institute where she received her MFA in 2017. “For the last seven years, I’ve been working on The Addresses Project. It traces lesbian and queer womxn’s community space and memory in New York City beginning in the early 20th century,” she explains.
Community is an important theme throughout Gwen’s personal and professional endeavors. She says that the sense of community at PDS is what has inspired her plans for her upcoming year in the classroom: “This school sets an example for how community and learning can be intertwined. When you form intimate connections with peers, faculty and staff based around curiosity, it becomes such a rich relationship. The classrooms at PDS are not just a learning environment, they are a place to form lifelong friendships and professional relationships.”
As Anne Reid ’72 Gallery Director, her approach is based in the affirmation that a community of people can accomplish anything together. “My vision for the gallery is to continue to move it in a contemporary direction. I want to exhibit artists who center their work around political and social activism while working intimately within their own communities. The gallery will open each fall with a solo exhibition,” Gwen explains. “The winter exhibit will be a group show and the spring show will be student, alumni and faculty-based.”