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Art Historian Pat Rowe Shares Mucha Collection at MoFA this Fall

Published August 3, 2016

Alphonse Mucha, Le Mois Litteraire et Pittoresque, March 1899, Collection of Patrick M. RoweDr. Patrick M. Rowe (PhD 1989) will share works from his collection of Alphonse Mucha prints in the exhibition Alphonse Mucha & Art Nouveau (Oct. 14–Nov. 20, 2016). The show will also include works by Toulouse-Lautrec from the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Mucha posters from the Tampa Museum of Art and the Collection of Jack Rennert of New York City.

Dr. Rowe received his PhD in Art History at FSU in 1989, and taught art history at the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College until his retirement in 2010.  As a graduate student at FSU, he focused his research on Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology. From 1976 to 2002, Rowe spent his summers in Italy excavating at the Etrusco-Roman site of Cetamura del Chianti, serving for many years as second-in-command to Prof. Nancy deGrummond.

In 1998, Rowe began to take an interest in eighteenth and early twentieth century printmaking, and became a collector of original prints by Alphonse Mucha, Katsushika Hokusai, Honoré Daumier and Aubrey Beardsley.  He later expanded his collection to include Bill Mauldin prints, drawings and paintings; and artifacts, posters and flags from both World Wars.


Patrick M. Rowe with catalog from 2015 Daumier show at FSU MoFA

Over the years Rowe has generously shared his collections with FSU in three exhibitions at MoFA: Daumier prints and the book illustrations of Hokusai in 2008 and World War II artifacts in 2015.  Rowe’s scholarly background and enthusiasm for sharing his collections makes him an outstanding and generous guest curator, whose research for catalogue texts serve as the basis for very successful outreach and onsite programs.  This fall he will be available for lecture tours of the exhibition, and is particularly keen to work with Art History undergraduate and graduate class groups. To arrange a group lecture and tour, contact MoFA Director Dr. Allys Palladino-Craig.

Selections from Dr. Rowe’s Mucha collection were exhibited at the Pensacola Museum of Art last winter. For more details see the exhibition review in, October/December 2015: OnView: RoweCollection.

The opening reception for Alphonse Mucha & Art Nouveau will be held October 14 from 6 to 8 pm.  For more details visit FSU Museum of Fine Arts.