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Passion or Obsession? President Gee's Bow Ties

Evansdale Library
Exhibit: January 15-May 15, 2019
Reception with President Gee: Feb. 6, 2019, 5-6pm, EVL

President E. Gordon Gee is known nationwide for his bow tie style, with feature articles and interviews in fashion publications Bow Tie Aficionado and Ivy Style, among bow tie mentions in national media such as USA Today and the New York Times, and regional media as well. He's made several videos about his famous collection that began at age 16, and developed while he was President at WVU the first time, 1981-1985. One of his thousands of ties has flown to space. He's met past US Presidents in them and made a plethora of service visits in them. People have imitated his style and Ohio State University even created an individualized mascot sculpture–"Gordon Gee Brutus"–donning his tie. Folks gift him with handmade ties and objects–funky and precious objects he holds dear. This exhibit, developed by WVU Art in the Libraries program, takes a look at his collection and some notable times where he and his notable ties were worn and honored, with a selection of his ties, photographs and personal objects.

This exhibit initiates the start of a new series at Evansdale Library around community members' personal collections. Do you know someone with a collection to share? Get in touch with WVU Libraries Exhibits Coordinator Sally Deskins,

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