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The Doyle Collection finds a permanent home at SRJC

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click to enlarge IN CIRCULATION Curator Scott Lipanovich, with Maurice Lapp's 'The Travelers.' - SARA SANGER
  • Sara Sanger
  • IN CIRCULATION Curator Scott Lipanovich, with Maurice Lapp's 'The Travelers.'

"[W]ith every single artist I contacted, we eventually came up with something really good of theirs we could use," Lipanovich says. "We would literally go through everything they did, not even just for the Doyle Collection, but just to see it all. There is a really good spirit to this."

There's a really good look to it, too. Walking the 1.5 acres of art that Lipanovich has hung is just as satisfying as a museum visit, with just as many unexpected heart-stopping moments. But make no mistake, the focus is on learning.

"This is their home," he says of the students slouched and splayed and spread and slumped all around him.

"We're a library first," Lipanovich stresses. "The idea was to enliven and enrich the building, not make it an art gallery. Again, it's part of their house. It's not like [students are] going into an art gallery; they're going into the college library."

click to enlarge 'EVENING' Maurice Lapp, Art Department, 1956-2008. - MAURICE LAPP
  • Maurice Lapp
  • 'EVENING' Maurice Lapp, Art Department, 1956-2008.

Which is not to say that they don't notice changes. In fact, when library staffer Alicia Virtue took down a piece to photograph for the collection's website, a slight uproar ensued.

"Within 15 minutes, students were at the reference desk," Lipanovich remembers, "saying, 'Someone took one of our paintings!'"

Lipanovich explains that while the students may rotate out every two years, the art won't. "One of the things my friends hate is when they give a piece to a museum and it goes to the back and never gets seen.

"As long as I'm here," he smiles, "the work isn't moving."


For a more extensive view of the art presented in The Doyle Collection, see the Doyle Library's own online gallery.

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