LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY ART DEPARTMENT

 

 

2006-2007 LCVA EXHIBITIONS

 

Information about some of the LCVA's previous exhibitions may be found here:

2009-2010 Exhibitions (those that have ended)
2008-2009 Exhibitions
2007-2008 Exhibitions
Exhibitions Prior to 2006

2006-2007 EXHIBITIONS

Julia E. Pfaff: Pattern, Narrative, Abstraction
June 23 – August 26, 2006 in the Sully Gallery

Ann Bradshaw: State of Being
May 29 – August 26, 2006 in the Main Street Gallery

Vision Quest: Thirty-Five Years of Art by Homer L. Springer, Jr.
September 29 - November 10, 2006 in the Bishop and Sully Galleries

Duchampian Delight: The Beauty of Ready-made Art

September 29 – November 10, 2006 in the Main Street Gallery

Swirls, Twirls, and Peacock Dreams
September 29 – November 10, 2006 in the Kids' Activity Room

Highlights from the 2006 Annual Youth Art Exhibit
October 2006 - September 2007 at the Hull Building, Longwood University Campus
Sponsored by the LCVA and Longwood University's College of Education and Human Services

Folk Art: New in the Permanent Collection 2005-06
December 1-30, 2006 in the Bishop Gallery

Santa's Workshop
December 1-30, 2006 in the Kids' Activity Room

Holiday Trains
December 1-30, 2006 in the Main Street Window

The Night: A Gala for the LCVA
February 2006

Youth Art Month
March 4 - April 7, 2007 in the LCVA Lower Level

Action and Consequence: Kojo Griffin
March 23 - May 18, 2007 in the Bishop Gallery

Cover to Cover: Photographs by Dean Kessmann
March 23 - May 18, 2007 in the Sully Gallery

Dada Knows Best
March 23 - May 18, 2007 in the Kids' Activity Room

Native American Pueblo Village
March 23 - August 25, 2007 in the Main Street Gallery

Art Department Senior Art Show
April 21 - May 7, 2007 in the LCVA Lower Level

 

Julia E. Pfaff: Pattern, Narrative, Abstraction
Sully Gallery
June 23 – August 26, 2006

The award-winning, nationally renowned artist and quilter Julia E. Pfaff brought her work to the LCVA during the summer of 2006. The exhibition, Julia E. Pfaff: Pattern, Narrative, Abstraction, was a collection of fabric constructions based on quilt structure. Her work employs etching, lithography, and silkscreen techniques on hand-dyed fabrics. Pfaff’s quilts have been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York, The Textile Museum in Washington, D. C., and several locations in Canada and Japan. In addition, her work has been featured in The Art Quilt, Quilts: A Living Tradition, Quilt National 1995, and Fiberarts Design Book Five. Her quilts and graphic works are included in the collections of The Valentine Museum (Richmond, VA), The Virginia Quilt Museum (Harrisonburg, VA), Media General (corporate head offices), The Federal Reserve Bank (Richmond, VA), Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA), Medical College of Virginia, and The University of Toronto. Pfaff was the 2000-2001 recipient of an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Ann Bradshaw: State of Being
Main Street Gallery
May 29 – August 26, 2006

Complementing the textile art of the Julia Pfaff exhibition, Longwood alumna Ann Bradshaw installed eight contemporary fiber works in the LCVA’s Main Street Gallery. Using hand-dyed threads and yarns spun to various dimensions along with fabric, faded flowers, forlorn upholstery, and wood, Ann Bradshaw expresses and interprets her views of a complex society. In many ways her art is self-analytical and informed by her work as a psychotherapist, which she pursued for more than two decades. In 2004, Ms. Bradshaw enrolled at Longwood, where she earned an undergraduate degree in fine arts, conferred with highest honors. In 2006, she received a M.F.A summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, where is a an adjunct professor of textile studies

 

 

Vision Quest: Thirty-Five Years of Art by Homer L. Springer, Jr.
Bishop and Sully Galleries
September 29 – November 10, 2006

Vision Quest chronicles the artistic career of Homer L. Springer, Jr., through an exhibition of 70 drawings, paintings, artist’s books, collages, and assemblages. Springer’s works are unmistakable gems of romantic beauty, intricate and precise draftsmanship, masterful subtle coloration, striking juxtaposition,and elegant mystery. Each piece is a heartfelt expression of spiritual clarity where connections between history and an individual’s life are made visual. As for all artists, Springer’s work is the culmination of his life experiences, education, and research as well as the rich interactions between himself and other artists of his time. The exhibition also honors Springer’s 33-year service to Longwood University as a professor in the art department (1969-2002) and as a volunteer in the community-at-large.

Homer Springer was born in Martinsville, Virginia. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (then Richmond Professional Institute) and graduated in 1962 with a B.F.A. in painting and art education. Over the next seven years he taught art to elementary, middle, and high school students in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, while earning a Masters in Education from Towson State University in Baltimore. In 1969 he accepted a position teaching in Longwood’s department of art. He taught at Longwood until his retirement in 2000. His career was as fruitful as it was long. As a professor he garnered the respect and gratitude of thousands of students over the years (including winning a teaching recognition award). As an artist he has exhibited in several hundred exhibitions in 20 countries as well as 34 states in the U.S. In Farmville, he is known for generously sharing his time and talents for the benefit of many organizations such as the Waterworks Players, Central Virginia Arts, F.A.C.E.S, the Prince Edward Historical Society, and Farmville United Methodist Church.

Works in the exhibition are lent by Mark Baldridge, Fred and Ellen Bradley, Alan and Mollie Champagne, Martha E. Cook, Suzanne Linville Ellett, George P. Elliott, Bill and Angie Frank, Jim and Ann Gussett, Mrs. Thomas NorwoodLayne, Richard and Deborah McClintock, Elizabeth and Edwin Mix, Brian Springer, and Homer L. Springer Jr.

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Duchampian Delight: The Beauty of Ready-made Art
September 29 – November 10, 2006
Main Street Gallery

Duchampian Delight explores the beauty of the found object, or “ready-made,” as first investigated by Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968) and other members of the Dadaist movement. In this installation the LCVA is proud to introduce the work in ready-made tradition of the little-known local artist Terry Craddock.

Terry Craddock was born in Farmville sometime around the turn of the last century and died in 1988. A hardworking factory lineman with a strong self-educating bent, he was known for his quick wit and his abnormally large feet. People joked that his feet were so large that he could cover the mile between his home in Rice and the factory in Farmville in six steps. One day, it is said, he came upon a discarded automobile rotor. Struck by the lovely yet perfectly functional elaboration underlying the simplicity of its form, he thought, “People just don’t appreciate what they have around them. This is just as much art as anything I have seen in books. I am going to paint it and call it Stop Spinning.” He hung the painted rotor on a tree in his yard, and that was the beginning of an artistic career that saw the production of numerous painted and titled works crafted from objects that Craddock picked up in and around town. Neighbors complained that he had turned his place into a junk yard, but what did they know? The pieces in this exhibition were created from old lab rat cages, a test tube drying rack, an LP holder,Bunsen burner rings, a retail display rack, and a farming device of unknown purpose. 

Craddock had no idea that he was a part of an avant garde movement called the “Dadaists” (although they would have readily embraced his works and ideas). The Dadaists established an “anti-art” movement after World War I as a reaction to the seemingly nonsensical state of the world—political and cultural. The basic tenets of the movement were decidedly anti-traditional as the members sought to redefine the nature of art through abstraction and experimentation. They set out to create purposefully unpretentious works that would lampoon the seriousness of “great art.” One result was the concept of “ready-made” art. A ready-made is a mass-produced, man-made object that is not intended to be an art object but that when placed in the context of an art exhibition becomes art by virtue of naming, placement on a pedestal, and abstract sculptural qualities. In 1917 Duchamp, using the alias “R. Mutt,” exhibited one of the first ready-made sculptures: a urinal titled The Fountain

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Twirls, Swirls and Peacock Dreams
September 29 – November 10, 2006
Kids Activity Room

The Kids’ Activity Room at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts has been transformed into an interactive exhibit inspired by James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s “Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.” Children and parents will delight in the gold and teal room, entitled Swirls, Twirls, and Peacock Dreams. Journeying to the 19th century, kids will create projects that explore the romanticism of art nouveau’s flower and plant motifs in swirls, flowing lines, and interlacing patterns. Opening on Friday, September 29, the activities are free and available to the public during the normal LCVA gallery hours of 11 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The space’s inspiration, “Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room,” is a dining room originally created by Whistler (1834-1903) for a patron’s London townhouse. Later, the entire room was purchased and eventually installed in the Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Most famous for the portrait known as “Whistler’s Mother,” Whistler is among the artists represented in the LCVA’s collection.

Melissa S. Panzarello, professor and costume designer for Longwood University’s Department of Communications Studies and Theatre, used her considerable talents to transform the LCVA’s space into a dramatic room lavished with golden peacocks, working with LCVA staff and volunteers.

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Highlights from the 2006 Annual Youth Art Exhibition
Reception: Sunday, October 8, from 3-4 p.m.
Hull Building, Longwood University campus
(corner of Brock Commons and Franklin Street)
Sponsored by the LVCA and Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services

Children’s art gives viewers a chance to know the world in fresh and exciting ways. Looking at art by children provides a window of opportunity to see through their eyes the beauty, joy, and wonder the world has to offer. Their pictures are filled with possibilities and an awesome desire to know and to be known. Children’s art is inspirational.

The inspirational quality of children’s art is so significant that each year the LCVA selects exceptional pieces from the Annual Youth Art Exhibition and places them on view in the Hull Building on the Longwood campus for a year-long exhibition. Hull, home to the College of Education and Human Services, serves as a perfect temporary site to celebrate the young artists’ accomplishments. The works also serve to remind Longwood’s teachers-to-be that children’s minds and souls rest in their hands and that as future teachers they have an enormous responsibility to study hard and to devote their career to helping others. Join parents, student artists, art teachers, faculty, and future teachers at the opening reception. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Participants

School

Art Teacher

Karissa Blackwell
Amanda Carneal
Barbara Crews
Makayla Davies
Jane Dowdy
Collin Erby
Emily Ford
Andrew Fulmer
Allison Garnett
Tyna Gibson
Sidney Gafford
Melody Gross
Taylor Nicole Hart
Rachel Hemler
Na-Young Kim
Mary Beth Kinman
Rachel Lee
Ashley Miles
Fleming Morton
Amanda Mountcastle
Cierra Mower
Casey Murphy
Bethany Payne
Chad Phillips
Tiffany Dawn Reeves
Taylor Schmidt
Rebecca Skelton
Brandy Snoddy
Samantha Stallings
Hannah Walker
Chelsey Ward
Art Class (group)
Students
Cumberland County Elementary School
New Life Christian Academy
Randolph-Henry High School
Gold Hill Elementary School
Cumberland County High School
Central High School
Central High School
Burkeville Elementary School
Amelia County Middle School
Buckingham County Middle School
Appomattox County Middle School
Nottoway High School
Amelia County Elementary School
Fuqua School
Appomattox County High School
Prince Edward County High School
Cumberland County Middle School
Pocahontas Middle School
Appomattox Elementary School
Central High School
Amelia County High School
Powhatan High School
Nottoway Middle School
Prince Edward County Middle School
Lunenburg Middle School
Fuqua School
Home School
Buckingham Primary School
Nottoway Intermediate School
J. Murray Jeffress School
Prince Edward County High School
New Life Chrisitian Academy
Prince Edward County Elementary
Loretta Cencia
Vicki Fulcher
Frank Hailey
Cindy Southall
Janice Stanley
Jean Kunath
Cassie Ford
Julie Coughlin
Debbie Ford
Gayle Bromer
Beth Reynolds
Debby Elliott
Bettye Pope
Dora Bounds
Wendy Richardson
Kathryn Orth
Ronda Jones
Kim Dalton
Maggie Whorley
Jean Kunath
Jane Dougherty
Stephanie Wirt
Patricia Herring
Rachel Cross
Sarah Hollinger
Denise Penick
Betsy Skelton
Jennifer Abruzzo
Wanda Cary
Kristi Martin
Penny Hackett
Vicki Fulcher
Cricket Edmonson
Joy Utzinger

 

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Folk Art: New in the Permanent Collection 2005-06
Bishop Gallery
December 1-30, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 2006

The LCVA permanent collection of art grew tremendously in the past year through the generosity of donors as well as through purchases. The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art grew by 75 works, many of which were exhibited in Reflecting Centuries of Beauty. Thirty works were acquired for Longwood’s new Science Center. Twenty-five works of folk art were added to the LCVA American Art Collection and Virginia Artists Collection. This last group of works is highlighted in this year’s “new in the collection” exhibition.  

The exhibition featured 11 works by the late Clinton S. Ford, Sr., who started painting in his seventies. These high-relief paintings on canvas are created with paint, earth, toy soldiers, and other objects. Chronicling his life as a soldier in World War II, Ford’s images are raw and unfettered as they share his accounts parachuting into Normandy, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, andfinding common humanity with the enemy dead. These works were given to the LCVA by the Ford family. Works given by Donna and Thomas L. Brumfield, Jr., showed the talents and vision of some of the most well-known contemporary American folk artists including S. L. Jones, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, and Robert Howell. Also, thanks to a financial contribution by the Brumfields, the LCVA was able to purchase several works by notable folk artists including Minnie Adkins, Mose Tolliver, and Malcah Zeldis. Finally, a small collage of a gospel choir by an anonymous artist, given by Bruce Montgomery, rounded out the exhibition.

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Holiday Trains
December 1 -30, 2006
Trains run on Saturdays from 1-5pm

It wouldn’t be December without the LCVA Holiday Trains! Thanks once again to model train aficionado, Bob Alden, the trains will be running in the LCVA’s Main Street Gallery.  This years display features new backdrops and props. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the mesmerizing fun of model trains.

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Santa's Workshop
December 1-30, 2006
Kids Activity Room

Santa’s elves have set up a satellite shop once again in Farmville. (Even Santa is outsourcing now!) The elves work at night, so they have invited the children of Southside Virginia to use their workshop during the day. They have left lots of fun supplies and tools for children of all ages to make ornaments, cards, and tokens of affection. There are also holiday books to read quietly or aloud as well as charming seasonal videos to watch.

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Youth Art Month
March 4 - April 7, 2007
LCVA Lower Level

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is proud to present Start with Art, Learn for Life, the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition.  This year’s display consists of over 400 works of art by students in grades K-12 from schools within an eight-county region. The exhibition is as diverse as the artists involved, featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, weavings, ceramics, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture and collage.  Art teachers contributed their students’ works from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and from the Fuqua School and the Five County Home School. On Sunday, March 4, the LCVA will host an opening reception from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition will remain on view through April 7, in the Lower Level Gallery at LCVA.

The Main Street Gallery will display Native American Pueblo Village, an exhibit created with the combined talents of more than 1100 Prince Edward County Elementary School students under the leadership of art teachers Joy Utzinger and Cricket Edmonson.
                                     
This is the seventh year LCVA has sponsored the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition.  LCVA would like to recognize the efforts of the following art teachers participating in the 2007 exhibition: Jennifer Abruzzo, Dora Bounds, Susan Campbell, Wanda L. Cary, Cassie Duarte, Cricket Edmonson, Penny Hackett, Frank Hailey, Matilde Herrero, Patricia Herring, S.J. Hollinger, Katy Jones, Ronda Lamb Jones, Jean Kunath, Keri Lindsey, Kristi Martin, Megan McConnell, Denise Penick, Bettye Pope, Kim Powers, Deborah Quinn, Beth Reynolds, Wendy Richardson, Betsy Skelton, Janice Stanley, Joy Utzinger, Maggie Whorley, and Valerie York.

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Action and Consequence: Kojo Griffin
March 23 - May 18, 2007
Bishop Gallery

Griffin, a grandson of the late L. Francis Griffin, a prominent civil rights leader, was born in Farmville and grew up outside of Boston, MA. A self-taught artist, he received his B.A. in psychology at Morehouse College and brings those insights to bear on his art. Much of his earlier work uses animal-human figures placed in narratives that explore human responsibility and interaction. This early work is challenging as it questions perceptions about violence, through images that imply violence without actually showing it. His recent work is also psychologically charged, but his style is decidedly more expressionistic.

Now living in Atlanta, Griffin has had solo exhibitions in eight states, and his work has been selected for national and international group showings, including the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2006 Seville Biennial of Contemporary Art. His work is represented in the collections of museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Cover to Cover: Photographs by Dean Kessmann
March 23 - May 18, 2007
Sully Gallery

Kessmann is assistant professor of photography and directs the photography program at George Washington University. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions from Washington, D. C., to California.

His inspiration for "Cover to Cover" came from flipping through art magazines. "Some people pour over novels," explained the artist, but "I tear through art magazines -- reading them from cover to cover when time permits, but often simply skimming the text for names, dates, titles, and of course, looking at the pictures.... [R]olling them into tubes in moments of boredom, nervousness, or for the practical purpose of carrying them -- I noticed ... the juxtaposition of shapes, the ... spectrums of color" shown in the edges of the pages. The photographs displayed at the LCVA are the result of this inspiration, long horizontal images that show the very edges of the pages of a rolled magazine.

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Dada Knows Best

March 23 - May 18, 2007
Kids Activity Room

When babies say “Da da,” they aren’t just calling for their father. They are naming a major twentieth-century art movement!  At the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, the Kids’ Activity Room will be transformed into a Dada-inspired space where families can experience the unique and style-altering concepts of the Dada movement. Children can even dress up as a Dada artist as they create their own Dada-inspired art. From collages to graphic layouts, these activities are about creatively understanding a new style of art that changed how the world viewed the techniques and materials used in art.  Remember, “Dada” knows best!

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Native American Pueblo Village
March 23- August 25, 2007
Main Street Gallery

The art classes at Prince Edward County Elementary School present a Native American Pueblo Village in the Main Street Gallery as part of Youth Art Month. Using wood, cardboard, newspaper, wire, tubes, clay, plastic bags, paint, and paper maché, the more than 1,100 students constructed adobe homes complete with ladders, pottery, petroglyphs, cacti, hornos (bread oven), and Native Americans. Art teachers Joy Utzinger and Cricket Edmonson teach grades pre-kindergarten through four.

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Art Department Senior Art Show
April 21 - May 7, 2007
LCVA Lower Level

Re-imagined computers, psychological narratives in a cartoon-style format, and more well-known forms of portraiture, graphic design, and other artwork will be on display at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts as part of the Longwood University Art Department Senior Exhibition.  Opening on April 21, the exhibition will remain on the lower level of the LCVA through May 12.  The LCVA will host an opening reception on Friday, April 21, from 5-7 p.m., along with a closing reception on Saturday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m.  Both receptions are free and open to the public.
 
The show features work by eleven graduating art students:  Arthur Browning, Stacy Crites, Erica Dickson, Maureen Haines, Chris Miller, Tim Owens, Leslie Quenneville, Nicole Scott, Carla Terry, Lindsay Wheeler, and Chris White.

In addition to their art, students submitted a statement explaining the works’ influences and history.  In his statement, Chris Miller explained, “Similar to the way people are detailing their cars with decals, lights, and paint jobs, I detail computers to stand out and be original.”  Reflecting on his woodblock prints, Arthur Browning noted, “My work emphasizes emotions and subjects ranging from depression, sadness, isolation, race, and intrigue.”  Nicole Scott’s contributions resulted from her service at Longwood’s yearbook:  “Through this nostalgic design, I illuminate the importance of life on campus…. My work honors that timeless sense of hope and community.”  Lindsay Wheeler made stoneware cups with unusual forms that encourage “others to look at the world in new and unexpected ways.”

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