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Subject: New - Aprons Exhibition at the Castellani Art Museum


Castellani Art Museum

Of Niagara University

Niagara University, NY 14109





CONTACT: Claire Aubrey 286-8290


Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University:

New Folk Art exhibit explores domestic and occupational aprons with three exhibits in one


Artistic and Functional: Aprons from the Karen Anderson Collection features a diverse selection of 47 aprons collected by Mrs. Karen Anderson of Lynn Center, Illinois.  These beautiful pieces of domestic art demonstrate the ingenuity of a century of American women who fashioned aprons from recycled feedsacks, dresses, curtains, handkerchiefs and blue jeans.  Visitors will be captivated by the array of styles and awed by the sewing skills of appliqué, embroidery, smocking and tatting.


 Aprons from a Local Kitchen Drawer is a collection of aprons created by Catherine Weinheimer Hackenheimer (February 7, 1857- April 1, 1952), the grandmother of Castellani Art Museum volunteer Jean Hackenheimer.  “We are blessed to display these beautiful treasures from one of our own” stated Claire Aubrey, Interim Folk Art Curator for the Castellani Art Museum.  “The aprons have been lovingly preserved by Jean who really does keep them in her kitchen drawer.”


Aprons at Work includes a series eight of occupational apron portraits showing people who regularly wear aprons as part of their occupational life.  Photographed by Lauren Tent of CEPA Gallery, this series highlights the role aprons play as protectors.  More than mere cover-ups these aprons save lives as well as wardrobes.  “The men and women we are working with on this project could obtain fatal injuries on the job that are prevented by the protective aprons they wear,” said Ms. Aubrey.  Brooke Eisenhauer, a radiologic technician from Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital and Health Center, wears an aluminum apron referred to as a “lead shield” that protects her from scatter radiation.  Although as Brooke states “it’s actually very heavy if you have to wear it for long periods of time” it is a must to protect vulnerable body organs.  Also featured in this exhibit are farrier (specialist in corrective horseshoeing and horse foot care) Paul Grzes, butcher Louis Melloni of Melloni Meats and Catering in Lewiston, cobbler Alex Meerovich of Bailey Shoe Repair in Amherst, cobbler James Pula of Achilles Heels Shoe Repair in Buffalo, Edward Gould of Acme Manufacturing in Medina and a member of Sheetmetal Workers Local 71, artist Simon Griffis of Essex Art Center and Ashford Hollow Foundation, and Thomas DiCamillo of DiCamillo’s Bakery in Niagara Falls whose family has shared photographs of four generations of apron wearers with the Castellani Art Museum.


The Folk Art Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is currently planning special events for this spring and summer including: an exhibit reception and tea party on March 19, 2009 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm featuring a gallery talk by Melinda Anderson and Marlowe McSparin, daughter and sister of Karen Anderson, who will share memories and stories of Karen Anderson and her collection of 500 aprons; a celebration of ethnic aprons on June 7 and an exploration of occupational aprons on June 28, where visitors will have an opportunity to meet men and women who wear aprons everyday at their jobs throughout Western New York and learn how these aprons protect them and their clothes. 


For more information on this exhibit and related programming please contact Curator of Folk Arts Claire Aubrey at (716) 286-8290 or via e-mail at


Artistic and Functional: Aprons from the Karen Anderson Collection is on view January 25, through July 19, 2009. 


nysca_black.tifThis exhibition was made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.







Susan J. Clements

Coordinator of Events, Publicity, Memberships & Sponsorships

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

P.O. Box 1938

Niagara University, NY 14109

Phone: 716-286-8201

Fax: 716-286-8289