UMW Emeritus Professor Receives VCA Fellowship

Steve Griffin, shown with paintings from his "Strata, Neo-Strata and Core" series, received an Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

Steve Griffin, professor emeritus of art at the University of Mary Washington, is a recipient of a 2012-2013 Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Commission of the Arts. The Virginia Commission of the Arts awards fellowships annually to artists residing in Virginia in recognition of creative excellence and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence. Griffin is one of five Virginia artists honored in the field of painting. Each artist will receive a fellowship of $5,000. Griffin, an accomplished photographer, painter and printmaker, was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts professional fellowship in 2011. His work has appeared in more than 150 local, regional and national exhibitions. Griffin joined the UMW faculty in 1983 and taught printmaking, photography, drawing and design courses for 25 years. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Artist Fellowships from the Virginia … [Read more...]

Making Art From Nothing

Junior Robert Luther moves newly-painted furniture to the Melchers Hall terrace

The ceramics kiln behind the fine arts complex of Melchers, Pollard and duPont halls on the Fredericksburg campus started showing its age. The wood had rotted in some places and the paint began chipping away from years of outdoor exposure. Carole Garmon, professor of art at the University of Mary Washington, saw potential. She and the 12 students in her installation art class this summer decided to give the kiln a makeover.  They brushed it with recycled paint, repaired the decaying wood and hung plants and flowers from the outside of the structure. Even the plants were “recycled.”  When Director of Landscape and Grounds Joni Wilson heard about Garmon’s project, she harvested plants from the Dahlgren campus’ vegetative roof and delivered them to the class. And that’s just for starters. With the help of her student artists, Garmon plans to turn the art complex into an oasis for students, faculty and staff. She calls it an exercise in “making art from … [Read more...]

UMW Art Students Win Awards

Katie Rosinski won the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her work "Housed"

The University of Mary Washington Department of Art and Art History announced the recipients of its student awards at the Thursday, April 5 opening of the Annual Student Art Exhibition at the duPont Gallery. Senior Katie Rosinski of Ocean Pines, Md., was given the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her work “Housed,” which will become part of the university’s permanent collection. Rosinski also was given the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award. Senior Hilary Galbreaith of Richmond, Va., was given the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting, for her painting “x:y.” The following students received awards of distinction at the exhibition’s opening ceremony: senior Alexandra Atkeson of Falls Church, junior Christina Bendo of Leesburg, senior Elizabeth Botha of Reston and junior Jacqueline Stern of Locust Grove. The event was judged by Rebecca Cross, owner and curator of Cross Mackenzie Gallery in Washington D.C., who selected works for the exhibition from more than 100 submissions. The … [Read more...]