Current Exhibitions (on campus and downtown)
Kate Kretz: Common Denominator
January 24 – March 24, 2018
Cora Miller Gallery (Main Campus)
Gallery Talk/Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Artist Lecture/Reception: Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., Demeester Recital Hall
Kate Kretz is an award-winning realist painter and mixed media artist based in the Washington, DC region. In this exhibition, Kretz combines several series, each exploring different subjects and mediums, to present a cohesive body of work that identifies a common denominator at the heart of much of the violence and oppression in the world. Kretz studied at The Sorbonne in Paris and earned a BFA from SUNY-Binghamton and MFA from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared in nearly 100 international newspapers and has been featured in exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the US and internationally.
Chaz Maviyane-Davies: Creative Defiance
January 24 – March 24, 2018
Brossman Gallery (Main Campus)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Artist Lecture/Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Demeester Recital Hall
Born in Zimbabwe, Chaz Maviyane-Davies ran a design studio in Harare from 1983-2000 before leaving due to the political climate there. Through graphic design, he has addressed issues of consumerism, health & nutrition, social responsibility, environmentalism, human rights and politics for more than thirty years. He is Professor Emeritus of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and his work is included in several international permanent collections. This exhibition features a selection of posters from his series, A Word of Questions, that addresses a wide range of interdisciplinary issues that are of vital importance to humanity.
Visionaries: The Work of Thornton Dial and Purvis Young
February 1 – March 3, 2018
1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, Marketview Arts (Downtown)
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 5:00 p.m.
Visionaries pairs the work of two important self-trained, expressionist artists, Thornton Dial and Purvis Young, whose work often communicates the experience of Black Americans in the south. Dial grew up in Alabama’s rural western flatlands and lived in Alabama his whole life, while Young was born and died in Miami. Both artists combined painting with collage, often using found objects that in the case of Dial were used to create large-scale relief assemblages. There is a storytelling aspect to both artist’s work, with common themes including war, racism and other sociopolitical issues. These works are on loan from the Grumbacher Collection.
Jan Conradi: Italian Moments
December 1 – 20, 2017
Coni Wolf Gallery (2nd Floor,) Marketview Arts (Downtown)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 5:00 p.m.
Each of these images is a window into a story of my time and travels and the people I’ve met (or simply observed) in the small villages and beautiful cities of Italy. These images are a record of ordinary days and happenings that seem extraordinary to us only because we don’t have olive groves in our backyards, we don’t live in centuries-old buildings, we don’t hang our laundry from a balcony over the street. Although differences make intriguing photographs, I document much that is the same: we sit and share a laugh with friends, place bright flowers at our doorsteps, do the jobs that need to be done, and hope for lives fulfilled with happy days and good memories. – Jan Conradi
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