2007-2008

Into the Wilderness: The Settlement of Virginia’s Frontier
July 28, 2007 – January 6, 2008
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

With Wallace Gusler’s expertise as Curatorial Consultant, we are pleased to present the material culture of Virginia’s frontier in the 18th and early 19th century, including longrifles, other weapons, reproduction costumes, and illustrations. As English, Scotch-Irish, and Germans settled the New World, they gradually moved down the Valley of Virginia into the mountains and Native American territory, following the Great Wagon Road and the Wilderness Road. The hunters, traders, and surveyors that blazed these trails transformed the wilderness to backcountry—the western frontier of the emerging colonies.

 

Animals in Bronze: The Michael and Mary Erlanger Collection of Animalier Bronzes
September 21, 2007 – February 3, 2008
The Legard & United Company Galleries

From prehistoric Near Eastern art, to Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, and the undercurrents of the Renaissance, there has been fluctuating interest in animals as artistic subjects. The prominence of art depicting domestic and wild beasts re-emerged in the 19th century with the birth of the animalier genre. Animalier was the first “school” devoted exclusively to animals as independent subject matter, and its rise paralleled the burgeoning sporting picture genre. Theses sporting works reflected the English aristocracy’s interest in art picturing sporting animals and pets, rather than an artistic movement, unlike the inspirations of the animalier artists.

The 46 bronzes featured in this exhibition embody the illustrious craft that gave animalier bronzes their notoriety during the 19th century. This exhibit is part of the traveling exhibition program at the Georgia Museum of Art, lending works of art to art centers and museums across Georgia and the Southeast. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Individuals, foundations, and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation.

 

Points of Viewing: The Paintings of Sam Morrow and John Sauers
October 12, 2007 – March 2, 2008
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Points of Viewing will showcase approximately 30 works by two of the region’s most quintessential painters: John Sauers (Darlington, MD) and Sam Morrow (Bristol, VA). The exhibition will focus on each of the artist’s individual perceptions of various regional rural scenes and how they employ their very different yet contemporary artistic styles to visually interpret and transform the conventional landscape painting. This exhibit will also provide the audience glimpses into other methods and concepts these artists are less known for. Works exhibited by Morrow and Sauers will testify to their talents as landscape painters while also acknowledging their skills in other artistic genre.

 

Shaping the Earth: Iron Mountain Stoneware of Laurel Bloomery, TN
January 25, 2008 – July 6, 2008
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

Iron Mountain Stoneware operated from 1965 to 1992 in Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee. Workers formed the stoneware by hand, applying the glazes and decorations created by owner Nancy Patterson Lamb. In addition to a series of patterns Iron Mountain Stoneware produced, Sally Patterson painted one-of-a-kind pieces and Jim Kaneko created unique sculptural forms.

 

 

 


Beyond • Aesthetics

February 15, 2008 – May 25, 2008
The Legard & United Company Galleries

This exhibition will shed light on art as a persistent religious inflection and also prompt us to literally view religion from an objective and artistic perspective. The emphasis of the exhibition is that level of tradition shared by each that binds them throughout history, in any media, in any culture, in any faith. The works in this exhibition transcend beyond aesthetics just as they cannot be isolated by religious terms. Three artists are showcased in this exhibition, each of who practice one of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Dr. Halide Salam, Professor of Art at Radford University, begins with her Islamic background and faith to produce large-scale paintings that eventually arrive at a plane of personal spirituality. Mary Jane Miller, an Abingdon native now working near San Miguel, Mexico, revives the Christian icon as an important connection between human devotion and the divine. Arnold Schwarzbart, residing in Knoxville, Tenn., has designed both ceremonial and decorative pieces adhering to the traditions of Judaica.

 

Norm Schulman: A Life in Clay
March 14, 2008 – June 15, 2008
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Norm Schulman: A Life in Clay celebrates the intricate relationship between this ceramic artist’s life and work – his humanity, his teaching, mentoring and support of artists, and his commitment to his family and community. This exhibition features a selected group of works spanning a career of more than 40 years. See a combination of old and new, complex and simple, that relates to the inherent nature and contradictions of ceramics. Learn through Schulman’s eyes and talents something of past classic objects through works that embody meaningful contemporary forms.

 

 

 

 

 

Surface, Identity, and Time: The Self-Portraits of Vaughn Garland
June 27, 2008 – September 7, 2008
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Vaughn Garland is a self-portraitist. True, the appearances of his paintings cannot instantly be recognized as being characteristic of traditional self-portraiture, but this is because Garland introduces elements of autobiography during the painting process. The finished piece is not intended to represent anything objective other than a two-dimensional plane holding various layers and colors of paint. It is in how the paint is applied, layered and sometimes removed, that drives Garland’s point that these paintings are metaphors for a human life formed from the additions and reductions stimulated by gradual maturity.

 

 

George
June 6, 2008 – October 12, 2008
The Legard & United Company Galleries

A display of works by the late regional artist George Chavatel. This exhibition will include highlights from the many styles, media, and subjects with which Chavatel proved so masterful and prolific. It will serve as a regional celebration of the life and influence of a true art icon and mentor within our community.

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