2009-2010

Buying Time: Clocks Along the Great Road, 1790 – 1870
July 31, 2009 – January 3, 2010
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Gallery

In the early nineteenth century, Northeastern clock manufacturers engaged in fierce competition to develop numerous innovations: new methods of assembly, new types of relatively inexpensive clock movements, and new ways to retail their goods in the South and circumvent Southern lawmakers’ attempts to prevent their wares from flooding the market. This compelling tale of rivalry and originality accompanies the magnificent tall case clocks and shelf clocks on exhibit in Buying Time.

 

 

 

 

 

J.C. Leyendecker: America’s ‘Other’ Illustrator
September 27, 2009 – November 22, 2009
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951) may not be as well known as his fellow American illustrator Norman Rockwell, but during his long career his work was some of the most popular of its day. Leyendecker produced illustrations for Collier’s magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Arrow Brand shirts, Kellogg’s and posters supporting various war efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

From These Hills 2009: Contemporary Art from the Southern Appalachian Highlands
October 23, 2009 – February 14, 2010
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

From These Hills is a biennial exhibition showcasing new works by regional artists. The 2009 exhibit, featuring 83 pieces by 37 artists, is guest-curated by Ray Kass, a painter and writer who lives in New York City and Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech. Artists featured include: Ann Ropp, Bill Deel, Bracken Caldwell, Catherine Murray, Connie Bundy, Deborah Bryan, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Derek Smith, Duane Cregger, Elizabeth Johns, Heather Harvey, Jan Foust Hurt, Jarata, Jean Hess, Jennifer Collins, Jennifer Cox, Jennifer Spoon, Kevin Inman, Kristi Taylor, Lindsey Kincaid, Marianne Gubler, Marilyn Hower, Marvin Tadlock, Mary Nees, Michael Murphy, Morgan LeMasters, Neil Staples, Perry Johnson, Robert Sulkin, Shane Snider, Steve Hutchins, Tamie Beldue, Travis Graves, Val Lyle, Vaughn Garland, and William Matthew Harvey.

 


Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris

December 11, 2009 – February 21, 2010
The Legard & United Company Galleries

In 1947, T. Catesby Jones bequeathed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts his collection of modern painting and sculpture, focused on the School of Paris and represented by major figures such as Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Juan Gris, Jaques Lipchitz, Andre Masson, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Georges Roualt.

His print and illustrated books collection went to the University of Virginia Library one year later, and since 1975 that group of works on paper has been a centerpiece of the University of Virginia Art Museum. This exhibit will bring all parts of the collection together for the first, revealing its importance as an exemplary instance of the taste for the art of the avant-garde during the early decades of the twentieth century — and the importance of French artists and artists living in Paris of the modern age.

 

An Educated Woman
January 22, 2010 – July 11, 2010
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

Art is interlaced in the history of women’s education. Academies used it to refine girls into ladies, and colleges instructed women in it for beautifying their future homes. An Educated Woman salutes the artistic endeavors of the women students of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee and showcases pieces such as paintings, painted ceramics, and textiles ranging from the early nineteenth century to the 1920s.

 

 

 

Cohabitants: New Works by Heide Trepanier & David Mazure
March 19, 2010 – August 22, 2010
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Heide Trepanier and David Mazure go beyond reflecting their immediate external world by drawing from some inaccessible and otherworldly place. Trepanier paints with gestural and unpredictable splatters atop a seemingly infinite color field while Mazure draws with painstaking precision whirring and rolling forms, often directly onto the walls. Together, their large-scale works and immersive installations will force us to share our surroundings with unusual abstract figures and the artists’ personal views regarding chaos and the unknown.

 

 

The Subject of Being: Mixed Media Works by Megan Van Deusen & Gabriel Shaffer
May 14, 2010 – October 3, 2010
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Megan van Deusen’s subtle, almost monochromatic figures evocatively emerge from the creases and folds of the material she works on. Her figures are suggestive of academic life-drawing, but the process of layering and draping the fabrics transforms a traditional two-dimensional work into a sculptural installation. Similarly, Gabriel Shaffer’s paintings on salvaged materials and collage emphasize the object-hood of his work as well as the journeyed process in which they are created. His figures are graphic, brightly colored and display wild and boisterous personas. While aesthetically dissimilar, both artists share an affinity for experimentation and the ability to defy conventional views of figuration.

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