National Geographic Photographer Visits UMW, May 8

National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present a lecture on Thursday, May 8. ©National Geographic Live. Photo by Annie Griffiths.

Noted National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel” at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, May 8. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center and will be followed by a book signing and Q&A session. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Win Art Awards

Senior Elizabeth Castillo was presented the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award for her piece, “Andy Warhol.”

The University of Mary Washington Department of Art and Art History announced its student awards at the opening reception of the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition at the duPont Gallery on Wednesday, April 9. … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Host Two New Exhibitions

The Twins by Elizabeth Kauffman
Oil on canvas
40” x 40”

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. … [Read more...]

Art Historian, Alumna Visited UMW

Allison Stagg - interview_featured

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Art and Art History and the Wendy Shadwell '63 Program Endowment in Art History sponsored a two-day visit from Allison Stagg ’02, a 2012 Jane and Morgan Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, on Nov.7 and 8. … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Host Exhibit of Abstract Painting

Steven Cushner, ECHO #3, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 70″x75″, © Steven Cushner, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting the exhibit “Anarchistic Abstraction” through Monday, Dec. 2 in both the Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries. … [Read more...]

Melchers’ Original Painting Featured in Exhibition

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932)
Bryant Park (Twilight), c. 1906-1907, oil on canvas
Gari Melchers Home and Studio, University of Mary Washington

Gari Melchers’ iconic painting of a New York City park is prominently featured in the exhibition “American Art 1912: The Mattatuck Museum’s Centennial Exhibition” in Waterway, Conn., through Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Melchers’ piece, “Bryant Park (Twilight),” is the only original painting in the museum’s display. The painting is owned by Gari Melchers Home and Studio located in Fredericksburg. The Mattatuck Museum was first organized as an historical society, and in 1912 inaugurated an art exhibition program as part of its mission. To mark the 100-year anniversary of the program, the Mattatuck Museum is recreating its November 1912 exhibition, which comprised a group of artists represented by New York’s Montross Gallery. Most of these artists were either Impressionists or Tonalists. Among the 19 artists included was Gari Melchers who displayed three paintings, one of which was “Bryant Park (Twilight).” Because the Mattatuck curators have been unable to borrow or locate any of the … [Read more...]

Century-Old Painting Loaned to Gari Melchers Home and Studio


A more than 110-year-old painting has a new home at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. The Harold W. Huntley, Jr. Living Trust has loaned the museum “Little Constance,” which artist Gari Melchers painted around 1900 in London. “Little Constance” is currently on view in the artist’s studio where it will appear periodically over the next five years. Over Melchers’ long career he produced only a handful of children’s portraits, but his insight into their active lives and charming ways is evident in the deft and lively brushwork that characterizes Constance Creelman, the daughter of his friend Alice Buell Creelman. Creelman, an artist, journalist and art dealer, and Melchers first met in the late 1880s in Holland and became reacquainted at the turn of the 20th century. Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Host Two New Exhibits

Zac Freeman, Jerry (detail), 2007, assemblage on board, 39 x 33 inches. Lent by Mark Smith. ©2007 Zac Freeman.

The University of Mary Washington Galleries are hosting “REDUX: Repurposed Materials” at the duPont Gallery through  Friday, November 30 and “Contemporary Work in Fiber” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery through Friday, December 7. “REDUX: Repurposed Materials” features pieces by artists who have incorporated unconventional and discarded materials to create works that push the traditional perception of art. The modern works of artists Danny R.W. Baskin, Harriete Estel Berman, Michael Booker, Mitra Fabian, Zac Freeman, Sayaka Ganz and Bart Vargas comment on a variety of personal issues, convictions and associations, while serving as a reminder to viewers of the importance of being responsible with our use of resources. “Contemporary Work in Fiber” features the work of eight artists whose individual works showcase the wide range and varied use of fiber in contemporary art. Pat Campbell, Jan Hopkins, Lewis Knauss, Patricia Mink, Angela Moll, Jóh Ricci, Jeanne Williamson and Pamela … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Exhibition and Events

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932), Sketch of Landscape with Canal and Windmills, undated, watercolor on paper; Gari Melchers Home and Studio, University of Mary Washington

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont is hosting the exhibition “Glimpses of Holland from the Portfolios of Gari Melchers” from Saturday, September 1 through Sunday, November 18. Artist Gari Melchers visited the Netherlands frequently during his career and used the country as an inspiration for many of his works. The exhibition features 50 first impressions drawn from Melchers’ portfolios and collection of preliminary oil sketches and studies. Art historian Jeffrey Ruggles will present the lecture “Henry Box Brown: Famous Fugitive, Trans-Atlantic Performer” on Sunday, October 28 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio. Ruggles, author of “The Unboxing of Henry Brown” and former curator of prints and photographs at the Virginia Historical Society, will retrace the journey of escaped slave and antislavery speaker Henry Brown. The lecture, which begins at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. The program is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported in part by … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Presents Exhibition and Spring Lecture Series

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, offset lithograph, 30 x 38 inches © 2012, University of Mary Washington Galleries

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will present the exhibition “Making an Impression: Prints from the Permanent Collection” through Friday, April 27 at Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The opening reception for “Making an Impression” was held Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The exhibition highlights prints from the UMW Galleries’ permanent collection of art, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibit, the UMW Galleries will feature two lectures that will take place in Combs Hall, Room 139. Eric Denker, senior lecturer in the education department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will present the lecture “Ink, Wood, Copper Stone: Identifying the Techniques of Prints,” on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.  The presentation will focus on the origination, duplication and originality of prints and will include … [Read more...]