August 15, 2020

New image gallery opens Murmuration exhibition series featuring Virginia artists (Augusta Free Press)

Jesionowski Among Virginia Women Artists in JMU Gallery Exhibition

Associate Professor of Art Rosemary Jesionowski

Associate Professor of Art Rosemary Jesionowski will have her work on display in two galleries in the School of Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University. Titled Murmuration, the show, which opens Jan. 29, will have three variations, each adding to the previous, reshaping and building in complexity as the series evolves, creating a harmony of imagery and narrative from nine Virginia women artists. Jesionowski, who works in multiple imaging – photography, printmaking and digital media – will have work in the show starting on March 18.

“Last summer, while I was watching the senate hearings, I started to think about ways that women are not heard or, by choice, stay silent and wait,” said Rebecca Silberman, one of the featured artists and a professor of art at JMU who is curating Murmuration. “I wanted to put together a project that would build into a kind of chorus of collective ideas and voices to counteract the moment of hopelessness. Days later, I fortuitously discovered the book ‘When Women Were Birds’ by Terry Tempest Williams. The opening passages are blank, an invitation to imagine/reimagine the words left unspoken or the stories that can be told moving forward.” Read more.

Artist Jesionowski Embarks on Road Trip for New Project

Rosemary Jesionowski, Associate Professor of Studio Art at UMW, is embarking on a three month road trip across the United States to practice the historic photographic process of albumen printing and to produce a new body of work using this process. The work produced will be site-specific and will be a continuation of Jesionowski’s investigation of place, land, and how we identify ourselves through location.

On the road, Jesionowski will capture the landscape using a 4×5 view camera.  Each stop will be between 1-3 days, allowing her time to process the film by hand and make site-specific albumen prints, using water from each area, and taking advantage of the sun’s position in each place.  These variables (water content, position of sun) will create variations in the final prints and will tie the prints to the land.

Upon her return, Jesionowski will have an exhibition of the final albumen prints and will produce a book of images.

Follow along on Instagram @great_albumen_tour

Jesionowski Participates in Live Drawing

462_RosemaryJHenryChoisser_resizedRosemary Jesionowski is one of three artists who will contribute to a mural on the back wall of 1708 Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) during the opening reception of Exquisite Corpse.  This live event will take place during the First Fridays opening reception on Oct. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The exquisite corpse is a surrealist party game that involves multiple artists contributing to a single (usually figurative) drawing.  The first artist begins the drawing, folds the paper to hide what he or she has drawn, and passes it on to the next artist, who follows suit.  The game can also be played with words.

During the live event, Jesionowski will add the middle section to a mural-sized exquisite corpse directly on the wall of the gallery.  Genesis Chapman will produce the first section on Thursday, October 2 and Michael Pierce will draw the final section of the piece on Saturday, Oct. 4.

More information can be found on 1708 Gallery’s website.

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.

Snapshot of an Artist

Professor Rosemary Jesionowski teaches her students techniques that are being applied by practicing contemporary artists.

Rosemary Jesionowski’s Exhibition Open at Randolph-Macon

Rosemary Jesionowski, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, currently has a solo exhibition, Mapping Nowhere, on view at Randolph-Macon’s Flippo Gallery in Ashland, Virginia.  This is her third solo exhibition in the past year.  The body of work is a continual investigation of place, land, and how we identify ourselves through location.  How do we define ourselves by where we live?  How do others define us?  How does place define or even change us?  These images simultaneously reference a personal experience of place and an investigation of the relationship between people and place.  The exhibition will be on view through April 5.

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See more of Jesionowski’s work on her website.

Faculty Receive Top Honors at Commencement

The University of Mary Washington presented its top honors during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

Dawn S. Bowen, professor of geography, was presented the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the institution’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. The recipient is routinely a senior member of the faculty.

Edward Hegmann, newly-named Director and Professor of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Emeritus, was presented the Washington Medallion, one of the university’s most prestigious awards that recognizes an individual who has served Mary Washington with exceptional dedication.

Rosemary K. Jesionowski, assistant professor of art, received the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, which is presented annually to an exceptional member of the faculty who has served the institution for at least two years but no more than five years.

Gary N. Richards, assistant professor of English, received the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award. The winner is selected by the graduating class as the faculty member “whom they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.”

Mukesh Srivastava, associate professor of management systems, was recognized with the Graduate Faculty Award, which recognizes an exceptional full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program. The person selected must have served in a full-time position at the university for at least two years.

Dawn Bowen

Bowen, a 1986 graduate of Mary Washington, is an award-winning scholar in the field of human geography and regional geography of Eastern and Western North America. A member of the UMW staff since 1991, Bowen is known for her love of travel and culture.

Dawn Bowen (left) with Interim Provost Ian Newbould

Students say Bowen’s passion for geography and her commitment to teaching are evident in her extensive research trips to Latin America, the Caribbean and North America which she has used to create new courses at UMW. During spring break, she leads students on a week-long trip to Guatemala to visit Maya communities and complete a reforestation project.

The author of more than two dozen publications, Bowen has presented her research at conferences across North America. In 2004, she received Mary Washington’s Richard Palmieri Outstanding Professor Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Academic Affairs Council.

She has chaired several faculty committees, including the President’s Task Force on Sustainability. She has been a consistent sponsor of the Young Women Leader’s Program, and a Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council. In 2009 she received the Henry Douglas Distinguished Service Award for the Research, Publication, and Teaching of Material Culture from the Association for the Preservations of Artifacts and Landscapes of the Pioneer American Society.

“She is recognized across UMW for the quality and range of her teaching, and for her commitment to the welfare of her students,” said Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “While supervising a large number of honors and independent studies projects, she does well more than her share of one-on-one instruction over and above her regular assignments.”

Edward Hegmann

Longtime UMW Athletic Director Edward Hegmann will retire at the end of May after 36 years at the helm of athletics at Mary Washington. Since 1976, he has overseen the expansion of the program at UMW from six sports to 23, acted as a major catalyst in the development of the facilities at UMW and watched 22 of the school’s 23 programs advance to national championship competition.

Rector Dan Steen presents Ed Hegmann (right) with the Washington Medallion.

Hegmann directed the women’s tennis team for 23 years and led the Eagles to three national championships, including the AIAW national title in 1982 and the NCAA Division III titles in 1988 and 1991. He gained eight Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards and captured nine straight CAC championships after the league was formed in 1990 through his retirement as coach in 1999. He was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 1988 and again in 1999.  In 1999, he was inducted into the MWC/UMW Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s Collegiate Tennis National Hall of Fame.

Hegmann was integral to the planning for several campus athletic facilities, including the Battleground Athletic Complex, the UMW Indoor Tennis Center, the 150,000-square-foot Fitness Center and the newly opened William M. Anderson Center.

“The Washington Medallion is awarded to recognize one who’s extraordinary service to the university has made a lasting an indelible impact on Mary Washington,” said Daniel K. Steen, rector of the Board of Visitors, noting Hegmann’s profound impact on countless students.

Rosemary Jesionowski

Since joining the UMW faculty in 2008, Jesionowski has made distinctive contributions to the Department of Art and Art History while also carrying out projects that have resonated throughout the regional community. She teaches courses in photography, printmaking and digital media and is an active member of the Richmond art community.

Rosemary Jesionowski (center)

Described by her students as a “gifted and dedicated educator,” Jesionowski has brought her students to visual arts conferences, created internships and exhibition opportunities at off-campus locations and rebuilt UMW’s printmaking and photography studios. In addition, she was the curator of UMW’s first digital media exhibition.

An accomplished artist, Jesionowski has exhibited her work in galleries in every region of the country, including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. She is the author of “500 Handmade Books: A Celebration of Contemporary Art Forms.”

Jesionowski is a founding member of the Women and Gender Studies program at UMW. She has brought visiting artists to campus and engaged former students through alumni workshops.

“She has strengthened our students’ awareness that the making of art is a rigorous conceptual and technical investigation,” said Richard Finkelstein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “By promoting a free dialogue between senior artists and students, she has fostered in our emerging artists the development of their own critical vocabulary well-suited to our education in the liberal arts and sciences.”

Gary Richards

Richards, an expert on American literature, Southern literature and culture and sexuality studies, joined the UMW faculty in 2008. His creative and unique approach to teaching paired with his engaging style make courses like American Humor and Sexuality in Southern Literature popular.

Luisa Dispenzirie congratulates Gary Richards (right)

Students cite his dedication, eagerness and passion for teaching students in and outside of the classroom. He is known to keep his office door open for impromptu discussions and meetings and to schedule exam review sessions outside of regular class sessions.

Richards has presented papers and talks on literary topics at numerous scholarly conferences, and he has organized and chaired sessions at various literary festivals, conferences and meetings. His book, “Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961,” was named Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. He recently served as an expert for the Biography Channel on authors Harper Lee, William Faulkner and Truman Capote.

He has served on the University Curriculum Committee, as faculty advisor of the UMW chapter of PRISM and as president of the Kappa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

“His students, advisees, and others who have interacted with him unanimously agree that he is one of the most available professors on campus and someone to whom we can all relate,” said Luisa Dispenzirie, a 2012 graduate.

Mukesh Srivastava

Since 2004, Mukesh Srivastava has developed and taught 14 different courses at UMW, including strategic management in information systems and innovation, knowledge management systems, business intelligence, management of emerging technologies, and enterprise resource planning systems.

Students and colleagues praise Srivastava’s energy and dedication to the College of Business graduate programs, noting his enthusiasm in the classroom and his real-world applications to course material.

Mukesh Srivastava

He is the author of “eLearning Via The Internet: An Empirical Study” as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and in referred conference proceedings in his field. He founded the Association of Global Management Studies, an international organization that seeks to develop theoretical and practice knowledge in all global business fields. In October 2011, Srivastava spent five weeks at the University of Tunis in Tunisia as part of a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant.

In addition to his role as a professor, Srivastava serves as associate dean of the College of Business, focusing on the MBA and MS/MIS programs.

“Srivastava is the complete package – a gifted teacher who wants his students to learn, the most prolific researcher in the College of Business and a servant to his colleagues, both at UMW and in his profession,” said Provost Ian Newbould.

UMW Galleries To Present Studio Art Faculty Show

The duPont Gallery will host UMW Studio Art Faculty Show, one of the first two exhibitions of the Fall 2011 season, from September 2 – October 7, 2011. This exhibition includes the work of three members of the University’s Art Department: Joseph DiBella, Rosemary Jesionowski, and Jonathon McMillan.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the duPont Gallery. The opening is free and open to the public.

Free street parking is available near duPont Hall, as well as designated parking spaces for gallery visitors. Check the Galleries’ website at http://galleries.umw.edu for hours. If you have any questions, contact the Galleries at (540) 654-1013.

Joseph DiBella, MPI #2, 2011, watercolor, 22 x 30 inches

UMW Galleries To Present Studio Art Faculty Show

The duPont Gallery will host UMW Studio Art Faculty Show, one of the first two exhibitions of the Fall 2011 season, from September 2 – October 7, 2011. This exhibition includes the work of three members of the University’s Art Department: Joseph DiBella, Rosemary Jesionowski, and Jonathon McMillan.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the duPont Gallery. The opening is free and open to the public.

Free street parking is available near duPont Hall, as well as designated parking spaces for gallery visitors. Check the Galleries’ website at http://galleries.umw.edu for hours. If you have any questions, contact the Galleries at (540) 654-1013.

Joseph DiBella, MPI #2, 2011, watercolor, 22 x 30 inches