URG receives new artwork

Jessica Patterson - University of Rio Grande

RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande has received a new art piece to add to its Esther Allen Greer Museum collection. The painting has been donated by hedge fund manager Victor Teicher of New York.

Icarus is a mixed media art piece created by Serge Clément and Marina Kamena of Connecticut. It is based on the Greek myth of Icarus, the boy who flew wax wings made by his father too close to the sun.

Clément and Kamena created worked on the piece from 2004-2005. The piece was sold to Teicher at the Allen Stone Gallery in New York City in 2006.

Jim Allen of the Esther Allen Greer Museum said the university is very excited about the gift.

“Teicher collected this piece at a gallery, but has decided to donate his work to schools and museums. Kamena contacted us and asked if we would be interested in this piece because we have another piece of theirs in our upstairs gallery. We’re very thankful for Teicher’s gift. It’s very exciting.”

Allen said he is excited to add this piece the university’s collection because he wants students to have the opportunity to learn through art.

“These paintings serve our goal of education. It’s one thing to look at these works of art in a magazine or book, but an entirely different experience to see them in person,” Allen said.

Victor Teicher said he is glad Rio will display Icarus because he wants people to appreciate and celebrate art.

“As an art collector like to display the works because art is an experience that is different to each individual. I wanted the pieces I had to part with to be displayed and enjoyed. The artists suggested I donate Icarus to Rio,” Teicher said. “This is a very surreal painting and allows people to open their minds to different observations of it. College is a time when people are opening their minds, observing surreal paintings helps with this experience.”

Allen said the university is grateful for this donation and cannot wait to display the piece.


Jessica Patterson

University of Rio Grande