Signed Ansel Adams print donated to Stout University Foundation
August 12, 2014
In September 1967, a rather short man with a
white beard, black glasses, felt hat and off-center nose walked around
University of Wisconsin-Stout and Menomonie, making some photographs and
talking about the art of photography.
The man was
on campus at the request of David Barnard, who taught graphic arts. Barnard
thought his colleagues and students could learn a thing or two from the
ever. The man was Ansel Easton Adams, one of America's most famous
photographers who is known for his iconic images in Yosemite and the West.
who would go on to serve as dean of Learning Resources, which included the
library, from 1970 to 1987,had arranged for Adams to travel to
Wisconsin from his California home.
As a byproduct of the visit, Barnard went to Adams' house in 1968 in
California while on a trip and purchased a print . His choice was "Mount
Williamson, Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California," more commonly known as
"Mount Williamson — Clearing Storm."
was the location of a Japanese internment camp operated during WWII.
Adams shot the photo, considered among his best-known, in 1944.
of Barnard, who died June 6 at age 92, has donated the print to Stout
The donation came at a memorial service for Barnard Aug. 2 in Menomonie.
honored to receive this marvelous gift of the Mount Williamson print signed by
the renowned artist Ansel Adams from the David P. and Kathleen M. Barnard
Trust," said Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing.
to the Foundation will be on loan to the university and displayed in the Robert
S. Swanson Library Learning Center in accordance with the wishes of the donor
through the David P. Barnard Family Library Endowment.
"This is a
remarkable legacy gift, and we are greatly appreciative to the Barnard family
for their generosity and commitment to UW-Stout and the Stout University
Foundation," Parsons added.
has meant a lot to my family over the years," said Kay Barnard, David's
wife. "UW-Stout also has meant a lot to my family. So it only made
sense to bring the print and university together."
Barnard had invited Adams to be the main presenter at the summer 1967
Educational Media and Technology Conference at UW-Stout. Barnard had asked
the previous main presenter who knew Adams to help with request. Adams agreed
to come but had to cancel because of an illness. That resulted in Adams coming
later in 1967.
picked Adams up at the airport in Minneapolis to bring him to Menomonie.
In a memoir
of that trip, Barnard wrote, "He was easy to recognize with his big boots and
large western hat, which shaded his familiar beard. We had an interesting
conversation on the 70-mile drive to Menomonie."
a lecture Sept. 20, 1967, on "Professional Photography and Its Meaning." He
also showed slides.
Kay Barnard then hosted Adams and faculty and staff from the audio-visual department
at a reception in their home. William "Bud" Micheels, UW-Stout president,
also attended, along with wife Betty Micheels, a photography student.
"We had a
room full of photographers," Barnard wrote, "yet no one took any photos nor was
any of the conversation recorded."
day, Adams, using camera equipment borrowed from the university, gave a talk
and demonstration to about 50 students and faculty at a nearby "old, ramshackle,
deserted and decaying farm," Barnard wrote.
after, Barnard wrote, "Adams met with various interested individuals, and made
some photographs on campus and around the city before we took him to the
airport for his return flight."
will be made later this month on the proper place to display the photograph in
the UW-Stout library.
signed Ansel Adams print of "Mount Williamson — Clearing Storm" has been donated to Stout University Foundation by the family of David Barnard, a former
Bottom: The Barnard family donated the print. Also on hand were Heather Stecklein, second from left, university archivist, and Mark Parsons, second from right, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing. Photo by Craig Carmichael-Stoner.