The University of Mary Washington will host “Ghosts: Clint Bagwell” at the duPont Gallery from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 9 and “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Feb. 28. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Opening receptions for both exhibitions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. During the reception for “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014,” juror Jack Rasmussen will present a brief gallery talk and announce awards for the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.
The “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014” exhibition features 30 pieces from artists across the Mid-Atlantic region. Rasmussen, who juried the exhibition, is director and curator of the American University Museum.
“Ghosts: Clint Bagwell” features the work of Clint Bagwell, an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History, a conceptual artist and an iPhone app creator. In his creative work he looks for ways to re-contextualize common spaces while inviting direct social interactions.
In the exhibition, his work ponders the ephemeral and anxiety-producing aspects of life in the digital world, especially focused on our culture’s relationship to digital technology. In using an outdated piece of equipment such as a typewriter, he has begun to reconnect with parts of the human experience that are missing from the digital world, including labor, time, meditation and physicality.
A software collaboration with students from UMW’s computer science department will evolve on a gallery wall during the course of the exhibition. Bagwell will give a gallery talk on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. about his work.
Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed during university holidays and breaks. Free parking for gallery visitors is designated in the lot on College Avenue at Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://galleries.umw.edu.