August 3, 2020

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

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

UMW Galleries Exhibitions

UMW Galleries will launch the 2010-2011 season with two new shows that open on Friday, September 3 and run through Friday, October 8. On Thursday, Sept. 2, don’t miss the joint opening reception that will take place in both galleries from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Study for a Perfect Day” will take place in the duPont Gallery.  Working with local businesses and thrift stores to secure recycled materials, Carole Garmon has created a body of work that speaks to notions of artifice and artifact. Using the landscape as her backdrop, her “vistas” address the art historical through references to the sublime aesthetic; the political with a nod to manifest destiny; and contemporary western culture through a DIY approach to her building methods.

Carole Garmon,  professor of art, holds an MFA (1996) and a BFA (1993) in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has taught at UMW since 1998 and is a recipient of UMW’s Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award.  Garmon’s research acknowledgements include the accessioning of select images and research materials on Rembrandt into the Rijks Museum Library in Amsterdam, Holland and participating in a BBC 2 documentary on Rembrandt’s painting, The Night Watch.  The segment is part of the larger series, The Private Life of the Masterpiece.  She was one of two Americans chosen to participate in the international exhibition, Inspired By Rembrandt, commemorating Rembrandt’s 400th birthday.  In addition to numerous private collections, her work has been exhibited at the Main Art Gallery and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, the WPA/Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C., the Arlington Arts Center, as well as Lima, Peru and Berlin, Germany.

“REPEAT: Exploring Pattern and Texture” will take place in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery.  It will feature the work of seven artists from Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Virginia. Come see how these artists explore pattern and texture using a broad range of techniques and a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, and mixed media.

Admission to the University of Mary Washington Galleries is free.  The UMW Galleries is located on the University of Mary Washington campus at 1301 College Avenue and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit the gallery website at www.galleries.umw.edu.