The University of Mary Washington Galleries will host two exhibitions, The Association for Creative Zoology in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and Trophy Room in the duPont Gallery, from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Dec. 4.
Opening receptions for both exhibits will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the respective galleries. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
The Association for Creative Zoology
This exhibit was created by Beauvais Lyons, director of the Hokes Archives at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lyons will give a public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. in Melchers Hall, Room 107.
The Association for Creative Zoology is an elaborate work of historical and scientific fiction created over the course of eight years. The exhibition offers a window into one of Lyons invented worlds, which have included imaginary archaeology, medicine and even a collection of folk art.
Lyons has taught printmaking in the University of Tennessee since 1985. His one-person exhibitions have been presented at more than 60 museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad.
Trophy Room features artworks by Andrew Kozlowski, assistant professor at Auburn University. A special papermaking workshop will be held on Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. in duPont Gallery followed by an Artist’s Talk at 4 p.m. in Melchers Hall, Room 107.
Trophy Room was created for the duPont Gallery using wheat-pasted and laser-cut screen prints. The structure, a cross between a cabinet of curiosity and a bomb shelter shelving unit, will display objects culled from numerous stories. Some objects are benign: soda cans and beer bottles found in parking lots, bits of rocks and broken boards. Some reflect distant histories: artifacts of a Roman shipwreck, Navajo and Hopi vases, 20,000-year-old stone tools found in Florida. Others are from more recent events: the gun that killed Trayvon Martin, a can of tear gas from a riot in Mexico, a baseball cap from a presidential hopeful.
Kozlowski, who teaches all levels of printmaking, has exhibited his works throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 he completed a residency at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and was awarded 2011-2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for his work in printmaking.
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 on Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call 540-654-1013 or visit www.umwgalleries.org.