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Robert K. Elder Book Presentation

March 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


Antioch College announces a book presentation by author and editor Robert K. Elder to be held Sunday, March 29th, 1:30 PM in the Olive Kettering Library.

Free and Open to the Public

Elder has completed and edited a biography of Indiana born artist Gilbert Brown Wilson, whose remarkable Social Realist mural has stood in the gymnasium at Antioch College since 1940. Unfinished and Unbroken: The Life of Artist Gilbert Wilson was originally authored by Edward K. Spann, emeritus professor of history at Indiana State University. Spann died in 2005 before he could complete the work.

A product of Hat & Beard Press, publisher of books on Ray Bradbury, Lou Reed and David Lynch, Unbroken and Unfinished was released in tandem with Moby-Dick: Illustrated by Gilbert Wilson during author Herman Melville’s 200th birthday year. Wilson’s affinity for the novel grew to an obsession, producing over 300 works of art now at the Swope Art Museum in his hometown of Terre Haute, IN. Hat & Beard is a small press that specializes in beautiful art books tied to gallery shows, anniversaries and niche interests.

“This is an amazing project that we’re proud to be publishing,” says J.C. Gabel, publisher of Hat & Beard Press. “Gilbert Wilson’s work needs to be studied and appreciated by a wider audience, and we’re happy to help that happen.”

The books have the full support of both the Wilson and Spann families, who have been great champions of the projects.

“I’m happy,” said Allen Morrison, Wilson’s nephew, just before his death in January 2019. “The purpose of a book is so that other people can see his work, so that it’s just not in a Terre Haute museum.

Morrison continued: “Gil would be flattered, of course. He always said nothing would be published until after his death. Several people have tried to do things about him; we’ve had some defeats before. To see people that weren’t giving up on the story, he’d be pleased, honored and enthusiastic.”

Both Unfinished and Unbroken: The Life of Artist Gilbert Wilson and Moby-Dick: Illustrated by Gilbert Wilson will be available for purchase at the event.


March 29
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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