Past Events

Spring 2013 Bus Trip

 

On May 15, 2013 the UMW Galleries hosted a bus trip to Baltimore, MD to visit the newly renovated Contemporary Wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM).  At the BMA  we marveled at the $24.5 million renovation that has helped the Museum to showcase and preserve their extensive collection of contemporary art.  We had the chance to see some of their newest acquisitions from artists Guyton\Walker, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Sze, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

At the AVAM we toured parts of the permanent collection as well as The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth where we focused on the art of Esther Krinitz, who as a young girl escaped from the Holocaust during the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II.  The artwork featured at the AVAM was exciting to see and we learned a lot about visionary artists, what qualifies an artist as a visionary artist, and how the Museum proceeds in collecting and exhibiting visionary art.

 

Spring 2013 Lecture Series


Lecture in conjunction with The Art of the Book

“Opening the Page: The Evolution of Artists’ Books”
Yuki Hibben, Assistant Head of Special Collections and Archives
James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries
2 PM, Sunday, February 10, 2013
Combs Hall, Room 139

Yuki Hibben is currently the Assistant Head of Special Collections and Archives at the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her main role is to oversee collection development, management, and preservation of rare books and ephemera, and to shape and expand existing top-tier collections in the comic arts and book arts within the VCU Library system.  Given her extensive academic background, Ms. Hibben will discuss the history of artists’ books and the value of artists’ books in academic and studio programs.

Lecture in conjunction with the Senior Student Exhibitions

“Department of Art and Art History Student Scholars”
2 PM, Sunday, March 24, 2013
Combs Hall, Room 139

Two students from the Department of Art and Art History will present their scholarship and research from the last academic year.  Sierra Martin will present Politics of Cultural Patrimony during Times of War and Hannah Ridenour will present The Price of Art: Economic, Ethical, and Legal Risks of Authentication.

Lecture in conjunction with SPOTLIGHT: Designers from the UMW Department of Theatre and Dance

“From Curation to Creation: 100 Years of Theatre at UMW”
Rosemary Jesionowski, Associate Professor of Multiple Imaging
Kevin McCluskey, Associate Professor of Theatre
2 PM, Sunday, April 14, 2013
Combs Hall, Room 139

Jesionowski and McCluskey will give insights into how the individual pieces were selected for the exhibition.  Additionally, inspiration behind particular pieces and how they play a role in the celebration of 100 years of theatre on the campus of UMW will be discussed.

 

Fall 2012 Lecture Series

 

Lecture in conjunction with Reinterpreting the Decorative Arts

“Process and Paradox”
Eric Standley, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Virginia Tech
2 PM, Sunday, September 23, 2012
Combs Hall, Room 139

In his work, Eric Standley uses an innovative cut-paper drawing process, which took several years to develop.  In this presentation, he will discuss the technical process and conceptual development that lead to his current body of work.

Lecture in conjunction with REDUX: Repurposed Materials

“Art of the Everyday: Assemblage Then and Now”
Joanna Marsh, James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
2 PM, Sunday, October 28, 2012
Combs Hall, Room 139

Joanna Marsh is a specialist of the post-war period to recent developments in contemporary art, with particular emphasis on emerging artists.  Her lecture will discuss the historical roots of found object and assemblage art and consider their continued significance as defining features of contemporary artistic practice today.

Lecture in conjunction with Contemporary Work in Fiber

“Artists Working with Experimental Methods and Materials in Fiber Art”
Bruce Hoffman, Director of Graves Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2 PM, Sunday, November 18, 2012
Combs Hall, Room 139

Bruce Hoffman is an expert in contemporary fiber and textile art and lectures widely on the subject.  He was instrumental in the founding of Fiber Philadelphia, an international biennial of innovative fiber and textile art.  His lecture will focus on how current fiber and textile artists are influencing the broader art world/market with the use of re-purposed materials and experimental techniques.

 

Spring 2012 Bus Trip

 

On May 15, 2012 the University of Mary Washington Galleries hosted a bus trip to Washington, D.C. The trip included a boxed breakfast, a tour of the National Gallery of Art’s Print Study Room led by spring Galleries lecturer Gregory Jecmen, and a guided tour of the National Gallery exhibition Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

 

Spring 2012 Lecture Series

 

Ink, Wood, Copper, Stone: Identifying the Techniques of Prints
Dr. Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer in the Education Department, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2 PM, Sunday, March 18, 2012
Combs Hall 139

Ink, Wood, Copper, Stone will provide technical and creative insight into the origination, duplication, and originality of prints. Dr. Denker will include a description of the materials employed in making prints, the techniques and tools used in working on the various surfaces, and the means to distinguish between woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs and reproductions.  Those who attend will be able to apply the knowledge gained in the lecture to our spring exhibition Making an Impression: Prints from the Permanent Collection.

Renaissance Innovations in Color Printing and Etching
Gregory Jecmen, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2 PM, Sunday, April 1, 2012
Combs Hall 139

During the late 15th and early 16th century, two new forms of printmaking were invented: printing woodcuts in color and the intaglio technique of etching. The printer and publisher Erhard Ratdolt (1447-1528) was the first to print images in multiple colors from separately carved wood blocks, first in Venice, and then after 1486 in Augsburg. Around 1500, also in Augsburg, Daniel Hopfer (c. 1470-1536), a trained decorator of armor, was probably the first artist to make a print from an etched plate. This talk will focus on these two new innovations, highlighting some of the most important color woodcuts and etchings of the Renaissance. This lecture is based on the upcoming National Gallery of Art exhibition Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, opening September 30, 2012 and closing December 31, 2012.

 

Fall 2011 Lecture Series

 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Art & Nature: Reflections on the Sublime

The Contemporary Sublime
Dr. Robert Hobbs, Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair in American Art at Virginia Commonwealth University
2 PM, Sunday, September 18, 2011
Combs Hall 138

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Robert Hobbs, renowned late modern and post-modern art historian, in conjunction with our Art & Nature: Reflections on the Sublime exhibition. Dr. Robert Hobbs has held the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1991 and has been a visiting professor at Yale University since 2004. He has published widely and has curated dozens of exhibitions, many of which have been shown at important institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Mysteries of The Night Café: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh
Dr. Cliff Edwards, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
2 PM, Sunday, October 30, 2011
Combs Hall 138

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Cliff Edwards, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Edwards explores the spirituality of one of the world’s most beloved artists, Vincent Van Gogh, through one of Western art’s most mysterious paintings, The Night Café. Enter the imagination of Van Gogh through the books he read, the art he admired, and the people with whom he identified, and arrive at startling conclusions that include a new and deeply spiritual understanding of a café after midnight and the “night prowlers” who inhabit it.

This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported by the Paul Mellon Endowment.

Jasper Francis Crospey: The Hudson River School and a True American Landscape
Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
2 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2011

Join us for a lecture with Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Hudson River School represents the first native school of American Art. Dating from the 1820s, it was a loosely organized group of painters who took as their subject the unique naturalness of the American continent, starting with the Hudson River region in New York, but eventually extending in time and space all the way to California and the 1870s. Jasper Francis Cropsey, a first–generation member of the Hudson River School, died in anonymity but was rediscovered by galleries and collectors in the 1960s and remembered as the American painter of Autumn.

This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and, is funded, in part, by the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.

 

Spring 2011 Bus Trip

 

On March 1, 2011, the UMW Galleries sponsored a bus trip to Washington, DC. The trip was planned in conjunction with the lecture Prehistoric Cyprus: An Introduction and an Appraisal, part of our 2011 lecture series. The February 14 lecture was given by Stuart Swiny, director of the Institute of Cypriot Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  It highlighted the island country’s most remarkable artistic achievements and architectural remains and featured objects from the exhibition Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilization at the National Museum of Natural History.

On the trip, we visited the Cyprus exhibition and had the opportunity to inspect at close range Cypriot objects that dated from the earliest prehistoric settlements to the middle ages. We then went on a guided “highlights” tour of the Sackler Gallery’s Asian collections to tie in with our Beyond the Silk Road: Asian Art from the Permanent Collection exhibition, which opened in March.