Etchings Donated to Mary Baldwin University

February 6, 2002

Five etchings by an internationally known artist have been donated to Mary Baldwin University. The artwork, by Antoine Pentsch, who taught at the college in 1967, will be displayed in Deming Hall.

The etchings were donated by Yulee Larner of Staunton. Pentsch and his wife lived in an apartment in Larner’s home during their stay here. Pentsch paid rent with his etchings. Larner said some etchings were created for her family, including one with her family’s names.

Larner said her donation was a “chance to turn something back to Mary Baldwin.” In the past, she attended music classes on the campus and accompanied Mary Baldwin voice students.

Ulysse Desportes, Mary Baldwin professor emeritus of art, brought Pentsch to Mary Baldwin from Paris. “I admired him very much and I mentioned to [President Samuel Reid Spencer, Jr.] that I had invited him and his wife over [to America] to visit us,” Desportes remembered. He said it was Spencer who came up with the idea to invite Pentsch to teach Printmaking, a studio art course, at the college.

Pentsch is “a highly respected artist in printmaking circles” and has studied with Stanley William Hayter, “the great 20th century printmaker,” said Paul Ryan, Mary Baldwin associate professor of art. Etching is an intaglio printmaking process, one in which the lines and areas to be inked and transferred to paper are recessed below the surface of the printing plate, said Ryan.

Pentsch lives in Montreal, Canada. A photo is available upon request.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia and six regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.