July 23, 2024

Gallery Exhibit Showcases UMW Studio Art Faculty Works

Studio art faculty at the University of Mary Washington are passionate about teaching, but they are also talented and dedicated artists themselves. Selected works from faculty artists are on display through Oct. 8, 2023, at the duPont Gallery on campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, and admission is free. […]

High-Profile Show Brings African-American Art to UMW

Sophomore Lauryn Taylor sees a bit of herself in a new exhibit at the University of Mary Washington Galleries. “I haven’t seen many works of art featuring someone who looks like me,” Taylor said of a piece featuring a full-figured Black woman in Healing Through the Preservation of Our Histories and Our Selves, on view […]

UMW Galleries Highlight Faculty and Alumni Artists

A retrospective of artwork from Mary Washington alumni and faculty past and present will be featured in one of two exhibitions hosted by the UMW Galleries, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6. The other will honor the legacy of a former professor who was instrumental in cultivating the University’s art collection. These shows, Origins: UMW Ceramics […]

UMW Galleries Highlight Alumni and Faculty Artists Past and Present


A retrospective of artwork from Mary Washington alumni and faculty past and present will be featured in one of two exhibitions hosted by the UMW Galleries, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6. The other will honor the legacy of a former professor who was instrumental in cultivating the University’s art collection.

The exhibits, Origins: UMW Ceramics Faculty and Alumni in the duPont Gallery, and Julien Binford: A Legacy of Inspiration & Enterprise in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery, will open with receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Origins, which will be on display through March 29, showcases the diverse artwork of faculty and alumni from the University of Mary Washington’s ceramics program over the past 50 years. It is also a concurrent exhibition for this year’s National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), to be held in Richmond Virginia in late March.

Julien Binford

By bringing together a variety of expressions, techniques and processes, the exhibition highlights the success of our former students and the strength of our department while illustrating the range and depth of contemporary ceramic art.  From sculptural objects and installations to functional pottery, Origins celebrates our community, and reiterates Mary Washington’s identity as an institution grounded in the liberal arts.

Julien Binford, on display through March 15, honors the legacy of former Mary Washington Professor of Art, Julien Binford. The show presents preparatory drawings that Binford created during the 1940s and early 1950s for important commissions he received from LIFE Magazine and The Greenwich Savings Bank. These works were graciously loaned by Maureen Paige (UMW, Class of 1970), a former student of Julien Binford. Also on display are artworks acquired by Binford during his tenure at Mary Washington.

UMW Art Alumni Come Full Circle

She doodled so often she didn’t even realize she’d done it: Drawn a tiny image in the margin of her English paper. Anna Prezioso ‘09 was a junior at the University of Mary Washington, on track to become a high school English teacher, when she turned in the assignment. The absent-minded doodle would change the […]

Galleries Showcasing Two Exhibits

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting its inaugural Melchers Gray Purchase Award Showcase, the first time the collection has been shown together since the founding of the Purchase Award in 1995. The exhibit is one of two shows that opened Thursday, September 4, at UMW Galleries, including The [Visual] Poetry of Logical Ideas” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery.   Click to view slideshow. The exhibitions will run through Sunday, Oct. 5. Admission is free and open to the public. The Purchase Award Showcase features the work of students who have won the Melchers Gray Award, a recognition presented to one student each year during the Annual Student Art Exhibition. The award-winning work becomes part of the university’s permanent collection. This exhibition will feature more than 20 works including sculptures, painting, prints, photographs, mixed media and digital media pieces. “The [Visual] Poetry of Logical Ideas”explores the relationship between rationality and beauty- between the perfection of a conceptual form and the visual pleasure it manifests. This gallery also will exhibit the “Arthur Hash: Wearable Objects.” Hash’s recent works utilize digital fabrication technologies, such as 3-D printing, which will be on display. Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries are located on the Fredericksburg Campus near the intersection of College Avenue and Thornton Street. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://www.umwgalleries.org/.

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.

For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://galleries.umw.edu.

UMW Galleries to Feature Large Scale Drawings Exhibition

Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Diver/Until Human Voices Wake Us and We Drown, 2009, graphite, acrylic and oil on birch, 84 x 120 inches. © 2009, Patricia Bellan-Gillen

Join the UMW Galleries this Thursday for our exhibition SUPER-SIZED: Large Scale Drawings in the duPont Gallery, located inside duPont Hall. The exhibition will feature works of art by seven different artists, including Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Joshua Bienko, Pat Bretano, Karen Brummund, Ray DiCapua, Dennis Jones and Ben Tolman. The free opening reception will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. in the duPont Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition is intended to explore ways in which artists involved in the drawing medium employ scale in their process of creating works of art and how that use of scale affects the impact of the work. The drawings in this exhibition vary greatly in the artists’ choices of materials and methods, which range from graphite, ink or charcoal to the blade of a knife.  Some of the artists combine drawing with other media, such as acrylic and oil or digital printing.  Some of the work is site-specific; some incorporates text.  Each speaks from a unique perspective.

Free street parking is available near the duPont Gallery on College Avenue. The exhibition will be on display in duPont Gallery until December 2, 2011. Please call us at (540) 654-1013 with any questions.