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UNL, 1912 Yearbook

School of Fine Arts

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N 1891 the School of Fine Arts was incorporated as a department of the University of Nebraska. As such, however, its recognition has been scant, because the full value of drawing as a utilitarian study is too often underestimated. In most of the technical schools its place in the curriculum is that of a required study, rather than an elective. Here it is classified, largely as purely cultural, and the value in all practical fields of the trained eye and hand are practically unknown. The building up of such a department in a western school ought to have as its aim the standard set in such institutions as Chicago, Philadelphia, or New York, the greater advantage going to Nebraska, since it represents a state-wide policy.
Picture/label or sketch   In regard to the equipment at Nebraska, it is well to state that the training given, for the most part primary now because the students are beginners, is exactly the same as that offered in the long-established professional schools. To this end the work of Miss Hayden, as head of the department, is easily testified. A pupil at the Vitti Academie, well known school for women, in Paris, a student under Chase and Duveneck, her work promised the honors which came later. Not only did she receive the medal for highest honors at the Chicago Art Institute, but has exhibited in the Paris Salon, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York, Chicago, and other American cities, and is ably prepared to bring recognition to the School of Fine Arts.
   The somewhat wide range of subject matter offered in a school of this size is evidence, too, of its claim for greater recognition from the school at large. Classes in drawing, in such mediums as charcoal, pencil and pen are personally supervised by Miss Hayden. Also water color and oil are handled by the regular students of

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the department. While these types of work are most commonly studied, there is instruction also for the engineers, in their own special branches. Clay modeling, the foundation of sculpture, a required subject in many eastern schools, an elective here, is rapidly growing in popularity among the students. The two classes, however, which should prove most attractive to the person with a limited amount of time to devote to the fine arts, are the design and sketch classes. The importance of design, or formal decoration, is being realized more and more in this country, but its technique is not so simple that instruction is unnecessary. The class, which has been organized for several years, has developed very excellent specimens. In all its branches, in fact, the school ranks high and deserves wide Picture/label or sketchrecognition for the quality of work which has been produced there.

Student Work

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   COLLEGE life! When Memory, the master artist, paints the picture of this period of our careers, will he use the bright-hued tints of mirth and merrymaking or the drab and somber tones of toil and "cramming"?
   We trust it shall be the former. In the following pages an effort is made to portray this phase of campus existence. Possibly the air of levity with which ponderous and solemn subjects are treated will grate upon the sensitive sensoriums of some. Mayhap the exposure of the little foibles and failings of others will prove unwelcome. It may chance also that we have overlooked some stray bits of humor. For all these things we have no apologies to offer. Our consciences do not pain us the least. In the memorable words of the bard, "We have seen our duty and done it."
   Let it also be impressed upon the minds of all who con these passages of wit and wisdom that the members of the staff of

the CORNHUSKER have not availed themselves of the opportunity thus offered for wreaking vengeance on any person hereinafter mentioned. Far be it from such. If the staff members cherish any peevish feelings, revenge will be sought by lying in wait for the intended victim with a section of gas-pipe at some alleyway on the first conveniently murky night. Those who are fortunate enough to gain mention in "College Life" are only reaping the reward of merit. A word might be added for the benefit of any who may feel irritated by some casual reference to themselves: that the "CORNHUSKER does not maintain a complaint department. Neither will it avail you to seek recourse in the courts. Expert counsel have advised us that there is nothing libelous in the following printed matter, since it is all true.
   Having sufficiently soothed and otherwise prepared the audience with the above little overture, we will now lift the curtain upon College Life."

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