Reception opens Bishop’s final centennial exhibit

The Bishop’s School and The Mower Society celebrated the exhibit, “Dare to Be Simple: Irving J. Gill, Architect, and The Bishop’s School” during the Love ART-chitecture opening reception in late March. The event was held in the Wheeler J. Bailey Building at Bishop’s.

The exhibition, which is the final one in the school’s Centennial Celebration series, honors the shared vision and values of the school’s founders, Ellen Browning Scripps and Bishop Joseph Horsfall Johnson as well as architect Irving J. Gill. Their vision is drawn out in the school’s motto: Simplicity, Serenity, Sincerity.

Most of the images included in the exhibit are from the Architecture and Design Collection in the University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara. The museum if the custodian of the remaining Irving J. Gill archives. Other images are from the San Diego Historical Society, La Jolla Historical Society and the school.

The Bishop’s School is the largest completed project by Gill.

The Mower Society was founded in 1987 by alumni who studied with master teacher, Dr. Otto A. Mower. Members of the Society are Bishop’s alumni, parents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff who celebrate Mower’s contributions to his students and his love of art.

Love ART is an annual event that takes members of the Bishop’s community on an educational journey of San Diego’s art scene.

The Gill exhibit runs through April 30. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The Bishop’s School is located at 7607 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla.

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