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Summer Art Exhibit to Feature Works by John Camp

Late Wilmington Native Worked in Oils and Watercolors

May 27, 2010

John Camp's paintings line the walls of Harcum Art Gallery. The exhibit runs from June 1 through July 25.

John Camp's paintings line the walls of Harcum Art Gallery. The exhibit runs from June 1 through July 25.

Wilmington College will present an exhibit of works by the late Wilmington artist, John Camp, at the Harcum Art Gallery Tuesday (June 1) through July 25.

Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery also will be open during special events like Alumni Weekend (June 4 and 5) and College-Community Summer Theatre in July.

Camp’s drawings and paintings feature portraits, figures, landscapes, street scenes and still life utilizing oils, watercolors, pencil and charcoal.

His widow, Mary, has designated half of any sales proceeds to be used in establishing a scholarship fund in Camp’s name at Wilmington College.

Hal Shunk, professor of art and gallery director, said Camp’s death in September 2009 has left a void in the local community of artists, as he was well respected throughout the area. He said the College is proud to exhibit a small number of “gems” from Camp’s extensive body of work.

“John left us a beautiful collection of his thoughts and visions captured in watercolor and oil,” Shunk said. “His artwork captures his town, its people and its history. John showed us panoramic views of far away cities and gave us intimate scenes of country life.”

Camp, a 1979 graduate of Wilmington College, composed a biography several years ago in which he recalled showing some of his drawings to several members of the College’s mid-1970s art faculty, including Philip Hodge, Terry Inlow and Jerry Bontrager.

“They all encouraged me to study art,” he wrote. “I began painting in 1977 and I haven’t stopped since.”

Camp supplemented his income from selling his work by starting a house-painting business. Through the years, he sold several hundred pieces of his artwork and won numerous awards in southwest Ohio.


In his latter years, he became partially disabled but never lost his passion for creating art as his ill health allowed him to paint only a few hours a day.

For more information about the exhibit or to schedule a visit outside the normal gallery hours, contact Shunk at the College at (937) 382-6661 ext. 474 or via email at hal_shunk@wilmington.edu.