September 27, 2023

Two Exhibits Open Tonight at the UMW Galleries

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibitions: “Crowded Spaces: Allison Long Hardy” from Friday, January 20 through Sunday, February 5 at the duPont Gallery; and “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012” from Friday, January 20 through Friday, February 24 at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery.

Allison Long Hardy, Daydream, pen, graphite, colored pencil, India ink on paper, 2011, 38 x 26 inches

The opening receptions for both exhibitions will be held on Thursday, January 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the duPont Gallery and the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Anne Timpano, director of University Galleries, will present a purchase prize and $2,000 in awards at the reception for the “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012” exhibition. Admission is free to the receptions and exhibitions.

“Crowded Spaces” will showcase the work of artist Allison Long Hardy, adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UMW. The exhibit explores the ebb and flow of crowds; how crowds exist, move and dissipate as a cohesive unit; and how communication travels through crowds. Hardy’s works of pen, graphite, colored pencil and collage were inspired by her recent residency at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va.

Bongkyun Noh, Shore of the World, oil on canvas, 2011, 36 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches

“Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012” offers a snapshot of the painting medium through the work of 17 artists, including David Barr of Falls Church, Va., Jason Bronner of Lock Haven, Penn., Cassie Clements of Huntington, W.Va., Eric Garner of Bethesda, Md., Allan Gorman of Upper Montclair, N.J., Anna Kell of Lewisburg, Penn., Jacqueline Levine of Arlington, Va., So Yoon Lym of North Haledon, N.J., Darren McManus of Lambertville, N.J., Andrew D. Moeller of Ridgewood, N.J., Bongkyun Noh of Centreville, Va., Radio Sebastian of Alexandria, Va., Sharon Shapiro of Louisa, Va., Gilbert Trent of Washington, D.C., Scott Turri of Pittsburgh, Penn., Michael Weiss of Baltimore, Md., and Naijun Zhang of Morgantown, W.Va. The exhibit is a representation of some of the current themes in painting. Claire Huschle, executive director of the Arlington Arts Center, will serve as juror of the exhibition. Active in arts administration in the Washington D.C. area, Huschle is the 2010 recipient of the AAUW Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington.

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