September 22, 2017

Fredericksburg Gateways, Parks to Get Public Sculptures (The Free Lance-Star)

Japanese Lantern-Making Workshop at Sculpture Studio

It’s been an exciting and creative week in the UMW Sculpture Studio, where community members and students have been working together to learn the process of traditional Japanese lantern making. They’ve been collaborating on a paper sculpture that is about 9 feet tall and 18 feet long. The workshop participants range in age from 8 to 83 years old.

summerworkshopThe workshop is being taught by Brooklyn artist George Ferrandi. George is the director of Wayfarers Studio Program and Gallery in Bushwick, and was the founding member of the touring performance project titled “Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object.” She also teaches Sculpture and Performance Art at Pratt Institute, at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. George also runs a small business specializing in the restoration of statues of saints for churches.

For more information about this artist, visit her website at http://www.jumpstar.love/about.

Coloring Outside the Lines

For Sidney Mullis '14, creativity knows no bounds.

Coloring Outside the Lines

For Sidney Mullis '14, creativity knows no bounds.

Coloring Outside the Lines

A bin of orange bouncy balls caught Sidney Mullis’ eye during a routine trip to Wal-Mart.  The University of Mary Washington studio art major snapped up a plastic ball and pondered the creative possibilities.

National Geographic Photographer to Give Talk Here (The Free Lance-Star)

National Geographic Photographer Visits UMW, May 8

Noted National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel” at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, May 8. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center and will be followed by a book signing and Q&A session. National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths  will present a lecture on Thursday, May 8. ©National Geographic Live. Photo by Mark Thiessen. During her visit to campus, Griffiths also will meet with UMW photography and journalism students. In 2008 Griffiths published “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel,” a photo memoir about balance and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, she published “Simply Beautiful Photographs,” which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble. She has photographed in nearly 150 countries in her career at National Geographic and her work has appeared in dozens of magazine and book projects. Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association. In addition to her photography work, Griffiths is the executive director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls throughout the developing world. For more information about the lecture, contact Carole Garmon, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, at cgarmon@umw.edu.

Wheels of Change

Art students give old bikes a new and more colorful life.

UMW Galleries to Feature Latino and UMW Faculty Artists

Converging Cultures Veronica Jaeger Red Marionette Oil on canvas 48 x 36” 2012 The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibitions: “Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists” from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and “UMW Faculty Exhibition” from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the duPont Gallery. The opening receptions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the respective galleries. Admission is free and open to the public for both receptions and exhibitions. Rosemary Jesionowski Mapping Nowhere: Portland Acrylic and mixed media on panel 48 x 55" 2012-13 “Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists” will showcase the works of more than 15 Latino artists. They are from all over the United States from New York to Texas, Florida to California, but all come from Latino backgrounds. While the artists’ backgrounds have influenced the artwork, Exhibition Curator F. Lennox Campello, insists that, “…art, regardless of the label, should and must always stand as art, first and foremost.” Faculty Exhibition Joseph DiBella 2013   In conjunction with the exhibition, Campello, an artist and art critic, will present a lecture “On Identity in the Arts: What it Means to be Latino” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, as part of the UMW Galleries Fall Lecture Series. Campello’s lecture, which will take place in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery, will give an illustration discussion on the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label. “UMW Faculty Exhibition” features the work of the university’s four full-time studio faculty: Joseph DiBella, professor of painting and drawing; Carole Garmon, professor of sculpture; Rosemary Jesionowski, associate professor of multiple imaging, and Jon McMillan assistant professor of ceramics. Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed during university holidays and breaks. Free parking for gallery visitors is designated in the lot on College Avenue at Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://galleries.umw.edu.

Cuban Sculptor Working With Students

Renowned Cuban contemporary sculptor Carlos Enrique Prado has been working with students from the Department of Art and Art History during his visit to UMW this summer. Prado, who will return to Cuba on August 6, has helped the students prepare for an upcoming exhibit at LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg. Prado is professor in the University of Arts of Cuba (Higher Institute of Arts -ISA), where he also is the head of the sculpture program. Dan Finnegan, director of LibertyTown, was instrumental with the technical aspects of the kiln firing and hosted the class at his personal studio.

Until recently, U.S. institutions have been unable to host Cuban artists due to tensions between the two countries that date back to the early 1960s. The restrictions have fallen by the wayside due to better relations with Cuba, allowing UMW to invite Prado to visit UMW and work with these young sculptors.

The exhibit will open on Friday, August 5. For more information, please contact Carole Garmon, professor of art and art history, at 654-2036.

Carlos Enrique Prado and UMW Students