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Student art exhibition to christen Bedford Hall addition

May 9, 2012

Student Ashley Fuller
Ashley Fuller, one of the main student organizers, preparing artwork for the exhibition

An exhibition of Longwood University student artwork that was conceived and is being organized by students will christen the gallery in the Bedford Hall addition.

The exhibition will open with a reception Friday, May 11, at 5 p.m. and will run through the official opening ceremony of the Bedford addition and renovation, set for around mid-September. The show, which will feature work in a variety of media by 15 students, was the idea of rising senior Kathryn Grayson. All of the work, including matting, framing and hanging, is being done by students.

"Even though the new Bedford was open for student use, there had been no show in the gallery and I felt there needed to be one," said  Grayson, a graphic design major and communication studies minor from Smithfield.

"The name of the show is 'Pulse,' which was chosen because the building was kind of empty, but the students bring it to life. I just felt we needed student artwork to celebrate the grand opening of this beautiful new facility. It would have been a shame to open an art building with no art."

About a month ago, Grayson approached Dr. Bill Stuart, interim head of the Department of Art, with her idea. She then wrote a proposal, which was checked by some of her professors ("I had never written a formal proposal"), and showed it to Stuart, who made some minor changes. The proposal was sponsored by Chris Register, professor of art, and approved by the art faculty.

"This initiative by students is phenomenal, and I think it exhibits everything we mean when we talk about citizen leadership," said Stuart. "It represents a grassroots effort by students wanting to do something."

The other main organizer is Ashley Fuller, a rising junior from Leesburg whose art concentration is photography. Fuller, Grayson's roommate, works at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts as the exhibitioner's assistant.

"Ashley has experience in framing, matting and hanging artwork - the general stuff that goes with running a gallery," Grayson said. "I told her I wanted to do this, and she said 'I'll help you.'"

Submissions for the exhibition were solicited mostly by word of mouth and also by a Facebook group and an email sent by the art department, Grayson said.

The gallery is on the ground floor in the front of the new section of Bedford, overlooking the reflecting pool outside. Bedford is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.