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Allen Collection

AllenToday, after more than 50 years of marriage and artistry, they have assembled an unprecedented and eclectic mix of mediums that tell their stories of art being born. To sift through this collection is like a master's class in the creative process.

The long and successful careers of both Terry and Jo Harvey Allen are reason enough to make their materials significant additions to any scholarly archive. But neither the length nor success truly marks the most important aspect of their work.  Instead, it is how they work that makes their collection of the highest value for study and research.

Art is a process, not a product. It is not just the body of work, but also the making of the work. Whether it is writing, art, or music, the thread in every journal is the importance of relationships. Terry and Jo Harvey's alliances with their contemporaries are both celebrated and vital to the creative progression.

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