LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY ART DEPARTMENT

 

 

LCVA EXHIBITIONS IN 2007-2008

 

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

2007-2008 EXHIBITIONS

 

Constructs
June 8 - August 31, 2007 in the Bishop and Sully Galleries

The Construction Zone: The Collages of Henri Matisse
June 8 - August 31, 2007 in the Kids' Activity Room

Elegant Demeanor: Paintings by Lauren McIntosh
September 21 – November 3, 2007 in the Barbara L. Bishop Gallery

Relations: Recent Works by Kelly Nelson
September 21 – November 3, 2007 in the Thomas Sully Gallery

This Is Not a Magritte
September 21 – November 3, 2007 in the Main Street Gallery

Let’s Make a Rhythm
September 21, 2007 – Friday, January 18, 2008 in the Kids' Activity Room

Enduring Legacy: Highlights from New Works in the Permanent Collection
November 16 - December 29, 2007 in the Sully and Bishop Galleries

The Snowy Day @ the LCVA
November 16, 2007 - January 3, 2008 in the Main Street Gallery

Start with Art, Learn for Life:  The Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition
February 17 - March 22, 2008 on the Lower Level

Festival of Lights
February  17 – May 20, 2008 in the Main Street Gallery

Potluck! Works by LCVA Members
January 25 - April 26, 2008 in the Thomas Sully Gallery

Layered Meanings and Allusions: Prints by Janice Lemen and Barbara L. BishopJanuary 25 - April 26, 2008 in the Barbara L. Bishop Gallery

“Anybody Can Do What I Do”: The Andy Warhol Room
January 25 - April 26, 2008 in the Kids’ Activity Room

Art Department Senior Exhibition
April 12 – May 10, 2008 on the Lower Level

A Critical Eye: A Selection of Paintings from the Robert B. and Margaret T. Mayo Collection
May 16 - August 2, 2008, in the Bishop and Sully Galleries

The Great Outdoors
May 16 - August 2, 2008, in the Kids' Activities Room

 

Constructs
June 8 - August 31, 2007
Bishop and Sully Galleries

Constructs featured the work of nearly a dozen contemporary artists from Virginia, DC, and Maryland who use various techniques of collage and assemblage.  Organizers and participating artists Sally Bowring and Chris Gregson explain that the abstract artists in the exhibition “explore painting through the inventive use of collage, innovated construction techniques, or unusual painting processes.”  They also note that the artists work within a tradition that emphasizes that the painting is itself an object, not just a picture of one.

Participating artists included: Sally Bowring (Richmond), Don Crow (Richmond), Steven Cushner (Washington, DC), Reni Gower (Richmond), Chris Gregson (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Steve Griffin (Colonial Heights, Virginia), Ron Johnson (Richmond), Ray Kass (Christiansburg, Virginia), Paul Ryan (Staunton, Virginia), Javier Tapia (Richmond), and Dan Treado (Silver Springs, Maryland).

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The Construction Zone: The Collages of Henri Matisse
June 8 - August 31, 2007
Kids Activity Room

Like the artists featured in the Constructs exhibition, the collages of Fauvist Henri Matisse are bold in both their technique and appearance. Gathering inspiration from the works of Matisse, the Kids Activity Room at the LCVA was filled with vibrant colors and bold graphics. From collage to color compositions, activities taught children to think about art in a more composite and multilayered way. Don’t just create art- Construct it!

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Elegant Demeanor:
Paintings by Lauren McIntosh

September 21 – November 3, 2007
Barbara L. Bishop Gallery

This exhibition featured more than fifteen works, many large-scale, by emerging artist Lauren McIntosh. Her paintings are a floating world of elegant form, color, and line. Their pleasant, soothing presence belies the intensity of her questions about the nature of right and wrong, spirituality and the divine, and contemporary socio-political events that lurk throughout her complex images. McIntosh utilizes gouache (opaque watercolor), which produces an appearance much like the milk paint used on walls in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes. This medium, along with imagery and calligraphy referencing the same period, encourages the viewer to consider parallels between the past and present.

Lauren McIntosh studied art at the University of California at Berkeley and resides in Berkeley, CA. Her work has been exhibited at the Phyllis Kind Gallery (New York, NY), Repetti (Long Island City, NY), Anne Reed Gallery (Ketchum, ID), Stephen Wirtz Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Stellar Somerset Gallery (Palo Alto, CA). She is represented by the Phyllis Kind Gallery, Anne Reed Gallery, and Stellar Somerset Gallery. Lenders to the exhibition include the artist, Stellar Somerset Gallery, Anne Reed Gallery, Elizabeth Kandall and Jonathan Slone (New York, NY), and Ruth Miska (Oakland, CA).

This exhibition was made possible by contributions by Michael David Whaley.

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Relations:
Recent Works by Kelly Nelson

September 21 – November 3, 2007
Thomas Sully Gallery

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 21, 2007, 5-7 p.m.

Art for Lunch lecture:
Thursday, September 27, 2007
12:30 p.m., LCVA Lower Level

Clothing plays a major role in the recent work of Kelly Nelson. Her intricately layered prints and mixed media works employ images of clothing, family photographs, and text as a means to explore the past and the complex relationships between family members. Nelson’s juxtaposition of images seems to illustrate an inner life of personal symbols and significance, narrative and questioning, connections and dissonance, memory and reality. She thoughtfully presents a psychological place illustrating the difficultly of comprehending and fully exploring the nature of one’s own identity and relative place in the world.

In particular Nelson often employs images of clothing worn by young girls as silhouettes and outlines that seem to stand in place of the figure. These images float on top of images of blurred and worn family photographs. The images are held together visually and physically with meandering stitching and loose threads. Her use of mostly brown and yellow hues suggests deterioration and an earthy connection to the fragility of life and memory.

Nelson joined the Art Department at Longwood in 2002. She teaches drawing, printing, and art education. She holds a B.F.A. from Michigan State University and an M.A.E. and M.F.A. from Eastern Michigan University. Kelly Nelson’s work is shown locally, regionally, and nationally and is housed in both private and public collections. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA), Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA), Adams State College (Alamosa, CO), Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), Loyola University (Chicago, IL), College of Notre Dame (Baltimore, MD), and Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) among others. In 2004 she completed an artist residency in lithography at Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM).

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This Is Not a Magritte
September 21 – November 3, 2007
Main Street Gallery

This Is Not a Magritte merged the traditions of Installation Art, Happenings, and Surrealism in a work inspired by the paintings of René Magritte (Belgian Surrealist painter, 1898-1967). Surrealism was an art movement of the early twentieth century in which artists sought to present works that explore the subconscious by juxtaposing unexpected objects and themes. In this exhibition, Magritte’s work comes alive with a large-scale mural painted by Hampden-Sydney artist Ray Kleinlein, based upon the painting Golconde (1953). In addition, the space will show video clips from the film The Thomas Crown Affair, which featured a Magritte-inspired scene with men in bowler hats and black coats in a museum. The name of this exhibition is taken from the title of one of Magritte’s most famous and influential works, The Treason of Images (1948), in which a pipe is depicted with the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”).

Throughout the run of the exhibition, onlookers are treated to special random Happenings within the exhibition space performed by students in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre. At the opening reception, students will also present Counting Her Dresses, a brief exploratory play by Gertrude Stein. And at any time, visitors are invited to don a black bowler hat and coat to become a part of the installation. Prevalent in the 1960s and 70s, Happenings synthesize both planned and improvised theatrical activity while also inviting audience participation.

This exhibition was made possible through the efforts of Pam Arkin, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre; Ray Kleinlein; and the Office of Information Technology.

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The Snowy Day at LCVA
Main Street Gallery
November 16, 2007 - February 3, 2008

This year Santa set up his workshop in the LCVA's Main Street window. The workshop was designed after the illustrations of Ezra Jack Keats’ classic children’s book The Snowy Day, using its vibrant colors and beautiful winter imagery. While in Santa’s workshop, kids created gifts to give to friends and family.

This program was made possible by a contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Harlan L. Horton.

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Start with Art, Learn for Life: 
The Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition

Lower Level
17 February - 22 March 2008
              
Abounding with energy, color, and joie de vivre, more than 500 works of art created by young people adorned the walls of the LCVA’s Lower Level during Youth Art Month.  Sponsored by @WORK Personnel and Medical Services, the eighth Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition ran from Sunday, February 17 through Saturday, March 22.  An opening reception was held on the 17th from 2 – 4 p.m.  Art teachers at public, private, and home schools throughout a nine-county region submitted their students’ best work for the exhibition.

Participating art teachers included: Jennifer Abruzzo (Buckingham Primary School and Dillwyn Primary School); Gayle Bromer (Buckingham Middle School); Wanda L. Cary (Nottoway County Intermediate); Kim Dalton (Pocahontas Middle School); Jane Dougherty (Amelia County High School and Amelia County Middle School); Cassie Duarte (Central High School); Cricket Edmonson (Prince Edward County Elementary School); Deborah Ford (Amelia County High School and Amelia County Middle School); Vicki Fulcher (New Life Christian Academy); Penny Hackett (Prince Edward County High School); Matilde Herrero (Gold Hill Elementary School); Patricia Herring (Nottoway County Middle School); Jessi Hollinger (Lunenburg Middle School); Katy Jones (Bacon District Elementary,  J. Murray Jeffress Elementary, and Phenix Elementary); Rhonda Jones (Cumberland Middle School); Jean Kunath (Central High School); Kerri Lindsay (Burkeville Elementary School); Kerri Lindsay (Crewe Primary School); Kristi Martin (Eureka Elementary); Megan McConnell (Nottoway County High School); Kathryn Orth (Prince Edwrad County High School); Denise Penick (Fuqua Lower School); Bettye Pope (Amelia County Elementary School); Kimberly Powers (Buckingham County High School); Debbie Quinn (Blackstone Primary School); Beth Reynolds (Appomattox Middle School); Wendy Richardson (Appomattox County High School); Jocelyn Sandberg (Cumberland Elementary School); Betsy Skelton (5 County Home School); Janice Stanley (Cumberland County High School); Joy Utzinger (Prince Edward County Elementary School); Maggie Whorley (Appomattox Elementary School); and Valerie York (Appomattox Primary School). 

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Festival of Lights
Main Street Gallery
17 February  – 20 May 2008

The Lantern Festival is the final celebration of the Chinese New Year.  Students from each school in Nottoway County helped to transform the LCVA’s Main Street window into their own version of the celebration, the Festival of Lights.  Lanterns of various shapes and sizes, a dancing dragon, the Chinese zodiac animals, Chinese architecture, and many more bright and colorful items were featured.  The window was a collaboration of approximately 1046 students in grades pre-kindergarten thru twelve, with the leadership of teachers Wanda Cary, Patricia Herring, Keri Lindsey, Megan McConnell, and Debbie Quinn. 

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Potluck!
Works by LCVA Members

25 January - 26 April, 2008
Thomas Sully Gallery

Potluck! was a tasty treat for the eyes and soul rather than mouth and stomach. This exhibition featured works by LCVA members and attests to their talents and enthusiasm for the visual arts. Just like a potluck meal with friends, each member contributed a sumptuous work of their own unique creation. Together all the works in their infinite variety and points of view came together for a highly satisfying celebration that solicits smiles and hearty congratulations. The LCVA was proud to host and serve up such a delightful and delectable exhibition. Hopefully, this will simply whet your appetite for more!

Potluck! showcased a variety of styles and genres.  The LCVA invited its members to select one work of their own creation in any media. Participating artists included:  Avis Addleman, Edwilda Allen, Katherine Antis, Beverly Baker, Cynthia Bergstrom Devlin, Shirley V. Blackwell, Robert Blackman, Paul Bowles, Jessica Broad, U.C. Burgess, Lonnie Calhoun, Brian Carley, Pat Clifford, Mary H. Cosby, Judith Crespo, Kerri Cushman, Marianne Dennison, Erin Devine, E. Dutz, Jessica Eisfelder, Jeremy M. Elder, Tray Eppes, Betty Fanelli, Carolyn Ferguson, Alix Fink, Alexander Grabiec, Dian Graham, Shane Grissom, Charles Hartwill, Elizabeth Haskell-Garner, Adrienne Heinbaugh, David Henley, Nichole E. Henry, Todd R. Henry, Erin L. Kidd, Ray Kleinlein, Eric A. Koger, David Dodge Lewis, Nancy Lockwood, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Kelly Nelson, Ann Oppenimer, WIlliam Oppenimer, Melissa Panzarello, Sidney J. Paterson, Constance Pois, Dave Polce, Nancy B. Powers, Venus Powers, Mary Prevo, Jennifer Ring, Jim Ryan, Julie Shield, Bruce Skillicorn, Homer Springer, Donna Taylor, P.M. Thorne, Claire Utzinger, Joy Boettcher Utzinger, Carolyn Wells, Maggie Whorley, and Sandy Willcox.

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Layered Meanings and Allusions:
Prints by Janice Lemen and Barbara L. Bishop

25 January - 26 April, 2008
Barbara L. Bishop Gallery

Janice S. Lemen (1916-1994) and Barbara L. Bishop (1938-1991) were much beloved Longwood University art department faculty and highly talented artists. During the years since their deaths, the LCVA has been proud to receive numerous contributions of their works from family and friends. As printmakers, Bishop and Lemen were exceptionally prolific. They created their beautiful prints in multiples, called editions. In some cases, the LCVA has been fortunate to receive multiple prints from a single edition. Because the LCVA cannot care for an entire edition, the LCVA selected one from each edition for its permanent collection. This exhibition showcased these prints. The specific technique is serigraphy (silkscreening), which is characterized by bold flat planes of color. Following LCVA guidelines, the extras from the editions were be sold for the benefit of the LCVA’s collection management program, including care, conservation, and acquisition.

This exhibition was made possible by contributions from Charles H. and Candice Jamison Dowdy '69, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Sandra Breil.

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“Anybody Can Do What I Do”:  The Andy Warhol Room
Kids’ Activity Room
25 January – 26 April 2008

Complementing the silkscreens of Barbara Bishop and Janice Lemen, the Kids’ Activity Room explored the “pop”-ular prints and art of Andy Warhol.  From soup cans to movie stars, Warhol’s art has taken on an iconic status.  But however unique, Warhol believed that “anybody can do what I can do,” and opportunities abounded for children to make their own one-of-a-kind creations. 

This program was made possible by a contribution from Ann Bradshaw.

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Art Department Senior Exhibition
12 April – 10 May 2008
Opening Reception: 12 April, 5-7 p.m.
Closing Reception:  10 May, 2-3 p.m.

LCVA Lower Level

Drawing inspiration from tattoos, music, pets, anatomy, astronomy, and more, art students graduating from Longwood University presented their third annual exhibition at the LCVA.  More than two dozen students showed work from a variety of disciplines and media, including graphic design, product design, architecture, film, functional ceramics, performance art, photography, portraiture, artists’ books, comic books, and others. 

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Mayo:  Critical EyeA Critical Eye: A Selection of Paintings from the Robert B. and Margaret T. Mayo Collection
16 May - 2 August 2008
Bishop and Sully Galleries
Opening Reception:
Friday 16 May, 5 -7 p.m.

Visitors traced the history of American painting as shown through an exhibition highlighting the collection of Robert B. and Margaret T. Mayo. Owners of Gallery Mayo, which specializes in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American and European art, the Mayos have assembled an astonishing collection over the years and graciously agreed to lend 80 representative paintings to the LCVA for this stunning exhibition.

This exhibition was made possible by contributions from Creative Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Robert B. and Margaret T. Mayo ’52.

 

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Great OutdoorsThe Great Outdoors
16 May - 2 August 2008
Kids' Activity Room

In this exploration of landscape painting, families stepped outside by going inside the Kids' Activity Room, transformed to evoke the monumental landscape paintings made famous by Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. Kids sat on benches to sketch the surrounding scenes, including trees, mountains, and rivers. Projects helped young artists understand the romance, discovery, and adventure that nineteenth-century painters found in the American horizon. No matter what the weather outside, kids painted en plein air in the sunny atmosphere of the LCVA.

This program was made possible by a contribution from Vilma Witten.

 

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