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...]