Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University

Blake in the Heartland

"Blake in the Heartland" is a celebration of responses to the work of British poet and printmaker William Blake, who continues to inspire reactions to his work in art, television, film, and music.

The exhibit features creative responses to the work of Blake by regional artists Robert McFate (Ohio) and Emily Brandehoff (KY), as well as facsimile reproductions of Blake's works by Blake scholar and curator Dr. Michael Phillips, who has curated major Blake exhibits at the Ashmolean at Oxford, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate in London, and the Petite Palais in Paris.

Closing Reception with the artists Thursday April 9 5:30-7pm, light refreshments served.

Other events:

April 8 – 9:30 a.m. - Lecture by Dr. Michael Phillips on his curating experiences at museums around Europe and America. Lecture presented in the Diane Kidd Gallery, Hayes Center for the Arts (coffee and light refreshments served).

April 8 - 6:30-8 p.m. - Lecture by Dr. Michael Phillips, “Printing in the Infernal Method: William Blake’s method of illuminated printmaking.” In Chisholm Auditorium (Frank’s Hall) In 1788 William Blake invented a method of relief etching that he called ‘illuminated printing’. This made it possible to print both the text of his poems and the images that he created to illustrate them from the same copper plate in an engraver’s rolling press. The lecture will explain Blake's invention in the context of conventional eighteenth-century illustrated book production, its metaphorical significance for Blake, the creation of the first illuminated books, like the Songs of Innocence, and how the further development of colour-printing his images led to the production of the Large Colour Prints or monotypes of 1795, Blake’s supreme achievement as a graphic artist.

This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council. 


Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm, and by appointment.


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The mission of The Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University is to educate, enrich lives, and enlarge the world of students, staff, and the larger community by providing a dedicated venue in which to present quality arts exhibitions and programs by talented professional, amateur, and student artists.


The Diane Kidd Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM. to 3:00 PM or by appointment by contacting Lee Fearnside at Tiffin University at fearnsidel@tiffin.edu. Group tours of the gallery’s shows are also available.

The Diane Kidd Gallery is located in the Hayes Center for the Arts. To look at a campus map, click here.

The Art Team is a group of students who contribute to the work of the gallery by installing shows, developing exhibition catalogs, videos and educational materials, and by creating art for the University and the local community.


2014-15 Exhibitions

Barbara WF Miner "60x60: portrait of an artist" February 5-March 5, 2015, Opening February 5 5:30-7pm.

Blake in the Heartland, March 19-April 9, 2015

Funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council