Past Shows

  1. JUN ITOI "Cantos Familia"

    April 9 – May 7, 2015

    Artist talk via Skype Thursday, April 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

  2. COM Child Development Lab School Presents – a tribute to Lois Ehlert

    Throughout the month of March

    This unique display includes art inspired by several of Lois Ehlert’s most beloved stories brought to life by infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

  3. 2014 Student Art Exhibition

    Nov. 6 – Dec. 2

  4. Art Lecture Series with Hilary Wilder

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
    11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room F-133

    Hilary Wilder is an artist who works in painting, installation and video. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship.

    Wilder has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at venues that include The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), and in group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Her videos have been screened at festivals at the University of Southern California, The Pacific Film Archive and Chicago International Film Festival, among others.

    She has recently participated in artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation and at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM) in Reykjavik. In 2004, she completed a two-year fellowship as both a Visual Artist resident and a Critical Studies resident in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

    She currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her 2014-2015 sabbatical, she is in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas.

  5. ÑUU SA DAKAÍ – A People That Paints

    Sept. 8 – Oct. 8, 2014

    Recent Works by Vicente Mesinas
    from Oaxaca, Mexico

  6. Senior Adult Program Art Exhibit

    July 17 - Aug. 21, 2014

    View the photographs, paintings, drawings, jewelry, stained glass, paper mache and 3-D art created by students in the COM Senior Adult Program.

  7. Margaret Smithers–Crump "In Motion"

    Aug. 31 — Sept. 27, 2015
    Mid-Life, 2012 Oil paint, oil bar, acrylic, and prismacolor on plexiglas, 24 x 72 x 2 inches

    Artist Statement

    My work focuses vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. It addresses the passage of time, the maturation of beauty, and the inevitability of disintegration. This dual relationship of death and renewal have historically been at the epicenter of philosophy, mythology, and diverse systems of belief. Exploring these concepts of strength and fragility, I use translucent Plexiglas as my primary art material. It can function as painting substrate or as a substance that can be manipulated. I can cut the material into shapes, bend or melt it with heat, chemically bond disparate pieces, sand it down to receive diverse art media, and even etch the surface. I frequently work with multiple forms that are staged into arrangements to present a particular condition or moment in time. Additionally, while Plexiglas is relatively strong, it’s glasslike appearance suggests fragility; by extension, it implies the possibility of breakage and acts as a metaphor for existence. It is this tension between the beauty of the material and its apparent vulnerability that I find so fascinating.

    Visit Margaret Smithers-Crump's website to learn more

  8. Drawing Noise by Chung-Fan Chang

    Oct. 1 — 28, 2015
    Kite Drawing, 2013 acrylic and ink on panel.

    Artist Talk via Skype

    October 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

    Free and Open to the Public

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    Artist Statement

    Through this series of explorations and investigations in painting, works on paper, video, and wall installation, I strive to communicate my vision of beauty that reflects issues within the society and daily life experience. The title “Kite” refers to the neon color fields in the abstract landscapes that serve as intruders to the surrounding. Intruders cross-examine how fluorescent and artificial colors affect our vision and how that effect can be a signifier of conflict in society. Through discovering and representing the beauty in my mind, my work reflects the outside world of what I see, and identifies the visual metaphor of color and its significance in society.

    The landscape invites the viewer to ponder, and often allows for ambiguous interpretation. It presents the idea of man-made color, an interloper, as it intertwines with natural color. The color is obsessive and disturbing, yet demonstrates authority to demand to be viewed and to attack the viewing experience. The influence of Chinese Painting and philosophy can be found in each landscape’s composition. The pen-mark installation, on the other hand, is executed through gestures of applying endless scribbles, which connect to a meditative state of mind and its spirituality. The large-scale abstract landscape installation forces the viewer into aggressive suggestions of motion and emotion set against the quiet breath of each pen mark. The recent collaborative project titled “Drawing Noise,” is a multimedia project that encompasses audio engineering, video production, performance art, and twelve works on paper. This experimental piece addresses the nuances of sound, music, gestures and movements of daily encounter of drawing.

    I am examining color, line, mark, sound and space to challenge the audience’s comfortable viewing experience yet to address historical concerns and social signifiers using a meditative, even poetic approach.

    Visit Chung-Fan Chang's website to learn more

  9. Art Faculty Exhibition

    Nov. 5 – Dec. 2, 2015

    Works by: George Bowes, Mark Greenwalt, Mayuko Ono Gray and Kristy Peet

  10. J. Palmer Exhibition Space

    Super Pencils by Jonathan Clark

    Site Specific Installation, 2015

    Super Pencils, 2015
    Super Pencils, 2015 by Jonathan Clark

    Artist Statement

    I work with a collection of found objects, manipulated and repurposed to my interpretation of nature’s process of intrinsic mathematical and divine proportions. My current artwork is constructed of office supplies and uses nature’s mathematical formulas to create familiar biological elements. The Divine Proportion is the bass line equation for my creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, the Divine Proportion can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms. The proportion expresses the whole is to the larger in exactly the same proportion as the larger is to the smaller.

    This phenomenon has been discovered and rediscovered over the ages. Most recently rediscovered by the Pythagoreans (5th century BC), a people that attempted to understand the mysterious and unexplainable functions of life, the divine proportion allows mankind to enjoy delighting in natural phenomena. They found patterns that emerge during music, harvests, science research, and in anything that was observable. Experiencing the balance of the relationship of parts to the whole, I’m able to freely explore endless creative possibilities. I enjoy the Divine Proportion and acquiring history of its application in the arts and architecture because of its subliminal reference to ourselves. The most mysterious aspect of the proportion is evoked when we are able to perceive nature as a relationship that we are included.

    Visit Jonathan Clark's website to learn more

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