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

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