The UMW Galleries will host two exhibitions to kick off the Fall 2015 semester. The Ridderhof Martin Gallery features “Breath That Fades Away,” an exhibition of new work by Joseph DiBella, Distinguished Professor of Art. In duPont Gallery, artist Jarod Charzweski has created an installation entitled, “Rat’s Nest,” constructed from donations of cable and wires made over the summer.
About the artists:
Joseph DiBella has served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 to 1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988. Instrumental in the establishment of the gallery program and Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington, he was Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988 and Interim Director in 1989 and 1997-98. From 1994 to 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. He has a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues. The UMW Galleries are honored to exhibit his work.
Jarod Charzewski’s large scale installations are created from collections of everyday items from the community. The accumulations have included varied materials, such as buoys and denim jeans, and now cables. These installations make evident the desire and pleasure we have in collection that then manifests into compulsion. Charzewski holds a BFA in sculpture from the University of Manitoba, Winnepeg, Canada, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.