The works of 11 faculty members in the Department of Studio Art will be featured in one of two exhibitions hosted by the University of Mary Washington Galleries, beginning Thursday, Sept. 6.
The exhibits, UMW Studio Art Faculty Exhibition in the duPont Gallery, and Museums as Viewing Machines: Work by Jeffrey Abt in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery, will open with receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibitions will run through Oct. 14.
Faculty artists include Debra Balestreri, Carole Garmon, Larry Hinkle, Rosemary Jesionowski, Ashe Laughlin, Jon McMillan, Chris Musina, Jason Robinson, Joliza Terry, Jake Urbanski and Sarah Spencer White. They are potters, sculptors, designers, furniture makers, photographers, print-makers, film-makers and painters.
Museums as Viewing Machines will display two bodies of work: Abt’s Museum series and his Wandering Gallery project. The Museum series focuses on the visual parallels between galleries and sacred spaces. The Wandering Gallery project explores the behind-the-scenes cycle of unpacking and packing, installation and de-installation, documentation and interpretation of changing exhibitions.
Abt will hold an artist talk in Ridderhof Martin at noon on Friday, Sept. 7. He teaches art at Wayne State University in Detroit. His work is in museums and corporate collections throughout the United States, and he has exhibited solo and in groups both at home and abroad.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public. 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. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. 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.