June 30, 2022

Two New Exhibitions Coming to UMW Galleries

UMW Galleries announces two new exhibitions opening Oct. 25 – Ready-Made Dream by Sue Johnson in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Crowns, a collection of ceramic works curated by Jessica Gardner in duPont Gallery.

Ready-Made Dream features floor-to-ceiling vinyl panels and decals that the artist has designed—transforming the gallery into the interior of an ideal, modern home. As the exhibition title suggests, Johnson envisions a world in which the home is nostalgic and familiar, yet, also reduced to an empty space existing simply to house various things.

Crowns seeks to explore women’s specific experience in motherhood. Each of the artists represent a different stage in the experience of motherhood and discusses her role as a mother and the impact motherhood has on her studio practice, whether it be direct collaborations with her child/children or shifts in the body of work created.

Both exhibitions begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Read-Made Dream will feature an artist talk on Oct. 26 at noon.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.umwgalleries.org.

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UMW Galleries Host Two New Exhibitions

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibitions, The Association for Creative Zoology in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Trophy Room in the duPont Gallery, from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Dec. 4. Opening receptions for both exhibits will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the respective galleries. […]

UMW Galleries to Host New Exhibits

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibits starting Thursday, Oct. 23: “American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio” in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and “Antediluvian” in the duPont Gallery.

Quanta, by David Row, 2012

Quanta, by David Row, 2012

An opening reception at each gallery will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The exhibitions will run through Sunday, Dec. 7. Admission is free and open to the public.

“American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio” is an exhibition of 48 archival digital prints. Founded in 1936, the American Abstract Artists (AAA) fosters the understanding of abstract and non-objective art by organizing exhibitions, producing print portfolios and catalogs as well as providing a forum for discussion through symposia, panels and the American Abstract Artists Journal. For the first time in its long history, the AAA portfolio was printed digitally rather than using traditional forms of lithography or transferring image to plate.

DuPont Gallery will exhibit “Antediluvian,” an installation by Canadian artist Mia Feuer. The exhibit will display the preliminary materials that went into Feuer’s latest project, which was canceled by community protestors due to environmental concerns. The project was a temporary solar-powered gas station that would have floated in the river near Heritage Island in Washington, D.C. Materials on display will include drawings, projections and recorded lectures on environmental issues. Mia Feuer will give a lecture at the closing ceremony of the exhibition.

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/.

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/.

UMW Students Win Art Awards

The University of Mary Washington Department of Art and Art History announced its student awards at the opening reception of the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition at the duPont Gallery on Wednesday, April 9. Senior Sidney Mullis received the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her piece “Straight.” Senior Sidney Mullis of Spotsylvania received the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her piece “Straight.” The work will become part of the university’s permanent collection. Senior Christine Valvo of Stafford received the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting for her piece “VI.” The Department of Art and Art History presents this award each year to recognize excellence in painting. Senior Elizabeth Castillo of Alexandria was presented the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award for her piece, “Andy Warhol.” Senior Christine Valvo received the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting for her piece “VI.” The following students also received awards at the exhibition’s opening ceremony:
  • Tim Stark of Fredericksburg received an award of excellence,
  • Michelle Howell of Spotsylvania received an award of excellence,
  • Ellen Dreher of Roanoke  received an award of excellence,
  • Kristine Woeckener of Fredericksburg received the Art History Award for Outstanding Research,
  • Isabel Smith of Silver Spring, Md., received the Melchers Award for Excellence in Art History.
Artist Desiree Holman selected works for the exhibition from more than 100 submissions, and chose the recipients of the awards of excellence, the Melchers Gray Purchase Award, the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting and the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award. Senior Elizabeth Castillo was presented the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award for her piece, “Andy Warhol.” The Student Juried Art Exhibition will run through Sunday, April 21 in the duPont Gallery, located on College Avenue at Thornton Street. The exhibition is open to the public without charge and selected works are for sale. The duPont Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free parking is designated for gallery visitors in a lot across College Avenue at Thornton Street.

UMW Galleries Host Two New Exhibitions

The University of Mary Washington will host “Ghosts: Clint Bagwell” at the duPont Gallery  from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 9 and “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Feb. 28. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The Twins by Elizabeth Kauffman Oil on canvas 40” x 40” 2012

The Twins by Elizabeth Kauffman
Oil on canvas
40” x 40”
2012

Opening receptions for both exhibitions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. During the reception for “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014,” juror Jack Rasmussen will present a brief gallery talk and announce awards for the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

The “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014” exhibition features 30 pieces from artists across the Mid-Atlantic region. Rasmussen, who juried the exhibition, is director and curator of the American University Museum.

“Ghosts: Clint Bagwell” features the work of Clint Bagwell, an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History, a conceptual artist and an iPhone app creator. In his creative work he looks for ways to re-contextualize common spaces while inviting direct social interactions.

In the exhibition, his work ponders the ephemeral and anxiety-producing aspects of life in the digital world, especially focused on our culture’s relationship to digital technology.  In using an outdated piece of equipment such as a typewriter, he has begun to reconnect with parts of the human experience that are missing from the digital world, including labor, time, meditation and physicality.

Recognizer by Clint Bagwell Typed pages Dimensions variable 2013

Recognizer by Clint Bagwell
Typed pages
Dimensions variable
2013

A software collaboration with students from UMW’s computer science department will evolve on a gallery wall during the course of the exhibition. Bagwell will give a gallery talk on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. about his work.

Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 1 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.

UMW Galleries Host Exhibit of Abstract Painting

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting the exhibit “Anarchistic Abstraction” through Monday, Dec. 2 in both the Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries.

Steven Cushner, ECHO #3, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 70″x75″, © Steven Cushner, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

Steven Cushner, ECHO #3, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 70″x75″, © Steven Cushner, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

“Anarchistic Abstraction” demonstrates facets of abstract painting’s ongoing anarchistic processes through the works of more than 20 artists. In this exhibit, anarchy is represented in two ways: as a state of lawlessness or disorder and as a free, utopian society of cooperation, without coercion or hierarchical authority. Both definitions, one signifying the urgency of revolution and the other based on democratic processes, tell the story of painting’s deconstruction, the profound doubt of its modern practitioners, and its evolution, especially since the 1960s.

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.

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.

UMW Galleries Host Book-Related Exhibits

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting two exhibitions: “Double-Booked: Works by Brian Davis and Lauren Jacobs” at the duPont Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 10 and “The Art of the Book” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery through Friday, Feb. 22.

Lauren Jacobs, Falling of Heaven (Detail), 2012, upcycled book, acrylic paint,
wool, silk, beads, wire, tree moss, 8.5” x 12”

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“Double-Booked” features the works of adjunct instructors Brian Davis and Lauren Jacobs. In his work, Davis explores the tension between transcendence and cliché in installations, sculptural objects and multimedia works that include video and software. Through her mixed media sculptures, Jacobs creates surreal representations of the relationship between the body, emotion, wilderness and architecture to explore consciousness and its limits.

An artist based in Woodbridge, Va., Davis teaches sculpture and new media at UMW, and has taught at the George Washington University and Winthrop University. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in general studio from Winthrop University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Florida.

Jacobs, whose art has appeared in more than 40 exhibitions, teaches fine and applied art courses at UMW, the Art Institute of Washington and Northern Virginia Community College. She received a bachelor of fine art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a master of fine art degree from the Cranbook Academy of Art.

Robert The, The Art Crisis, 2003–08, cut up hard cover book,
7 11/16 x 4 13/16 x 7/8
© Robert The

In the 20th century, book art emerged as a major form of artistic expression with its own set of artists, critics, leaders and history. Contemporary book art varies in form and content, from the creation of new book forms to the manipulation of existing books. “The Art of  the Book” demonstrates the diversity of book art through the work of 11 artists: Cara Barer, Julie Chen, Brian Dettmer, Linda K. Johnson, Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Emily Martin, Laura Russell, Gretchen Schermerhorn and Robert The.

Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 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.