|October 16 - November 17, 2000|
Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|About the Artist|
Oct. 26, 2000
FROM MARY'S HOUSE TO MARY'S LIBRARY
COLLECTION OF MADONNAS NOW HOME AT UD
Today, that collection resides in a most appropriate home -- the University of Dayton's Marian Library, also home of the world's largest collection of printed materials about Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The library, located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library on campus, will recognize Fought's recent donation with an exhibit of about eight hundred pieces from the collection through Nov. 17 in the library gallery. Gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by special arrangement by calling (937) 229-4214. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fought's collection literally filled the walls of her ranch-style home -- as well as all nooks, crannies and even a few chairs and other pieces of furniture -- before she started looking for a permanent home for her Marian images last year. She had tried to catalog the pieces in a small notebook, but the task became overwhelming as the collection grew. Still, she noted what she could about the images, which were as varied as paintings to greeting card pictures she carefully cut and mounted in frames and as unusual as a piece of cypress root she believes resembles the Virgin Mary cradling baby Jesus.
Although Fought is not Catholic -- she is a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Parkersburg -- she found peace in the depictions of Mary and referred to her collection as "a labor of love." As she neared her eightieth birthday, Fought decided it was important to find a permanent home for the images where they would be preserved for future generations.
"I was really pleased when the museum asked for (the images) because I knew they were going to be preserved," Fought told the News reporter. "Now I don't know what is going to happen to them. I don't want to see the Madonnas burnt up after I die. I really want to see them preserved."
After reading Fought's story, the Cassidys sent a copy of the article to the University of Dayton where it was directed to the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of the Marian Library International Marian Research Institute. Roten contacted Fought about her collection.
Frisk said there are no set plans yet on how the collection will be permanently stored, but the library will work to preserve the pieces in keeping with the care with which they were maintained.
The above article by Pamela Gregg, University of Dayton Media Relations, appeared in the October 27, 2000, online edition of Campus Report.
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