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U.Va. Arts in the News 2009-2011

May 2011

Daily Progress, Stephen Colbert, wife donate to UVa fine-arts fund, May 4, 2011, by Staff Reporters

A gift from Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, will go to help underwrite the studies of fine-arts students at the University of Virginia, the university announced Wednesday.

Evelyn Colbert is a 1985 UVa graduate. Stephen Colbert is the facetiously right-wing host of a late-night talk show on Comedy Central. Their gift will help support the expansion of an existing program to create a cadre of elite artists called College Arts Scholars.

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February 2011

The Hook, Southern (dis)comfort: Photographers expose their roots, February 21, 2011, by Laura Parsons

“You don’t have a southern bone in your body,” a friend recently remarked. She meant it as a compliment, but the truth is I consider myself quintessentially southern. I was born in Lexington, to parents who were both native Virginians, and although I don’t identify with bigots, moonshiners, or those who pine for the Confederacy, I do love storytelling and the melancholia of faded beauty.

The South is fundamental to my identity, just as it is for the six artists with work in the UVA Art Museum’s exhibition, “Southern Views/Southern Photographers.” Each contributor offers a distinct aesthetic, but what Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Pamela Pecchio, and Jeff Whetstone share is a sense of place and a nostalgic impulse that finds beauty in the not-always-pretty way history— both personal and impersonal— unfolds.

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December 2010

The Hook, The 2010 visual vault, December 23, 2010, by Laura Parsons

Despite an economic climate that challenged both art practitioners and purveyors, the Charlottesville art scene made several memorable leaps in 2010.

Man, oh, Man Ray: In late August, the University of Virginia Art Museum made another impressive showing by hosting the traveling exhibit, "Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens," which examined how Man Ray's photographs of African sculpture shifted it from being regarded as anthropological evidence to being considered fine art. Numerous lectures and a film series augmented the rich and informative main exhibition, which included not only images by Man Ray and his contemporaries but also the objects they photographed.”

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November 2010

Richmond Times-Disptach, TechnoSonics XI: Mediated Nature Series looks at nature, art, November 12, 2010, by Daily Progress Staff Reports

TechnoSonics XI: Mediated Nature, which starts Wednesday at the University of Virginia, will feature cutting-edge acoustic and electronic music, multimedia performances and multidisciplinary approaches to sound.

The Mediated Nature theme will explore ways in which nature informs, inspires and translates into creative work. Starting Wednesday, there will be a variety of sound walks and installations.

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September 2010

Daily Progress, Ray of Light, September 21, 2010, by David Maurer

The horrific bloodletting of World War I helped ignite fires of artist expression that continue to impact human sensibilities to this day.

From the ghastly ferment arose literary voices such as those of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. And at the vanguard of the visual arts was Emmanuel Radnitzky — known to the world as Man Ray.

The contributions of this American artist, who spent much of his career in Paris, have become increasingly appreciated since his death in 1976. Before the start of the new millennium, ARTnews, the oldest and most widely circulated art-related magazine in the world, listed Man Ray among its top 25 most influential artists of the 20th century.

Although the Philadelphia-born artist thought of himself primarily as a painter, he also was an exceptional fashion and portrait photographer. This latter pursuit is the focus of the University of Virginia Art Museum’s major exhibit, “Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens.”

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Daily Progress, Celebrating Chopin, September 17, 2010, by Jane Norris

Why limit a birthday celebration to a single day when you can pack a whole weekend with events?

Fans of Polish-French pianist and composer Frederic Chopin, who was born in 1810, can learn more about the man and the music he loved while the Chopin Bicentennial Celebration continues at the University of Virginia.

The collection of events, which began Sept. 16, is presented by the McIntire Department of Music in collaboration with the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

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The Hook, Colorful vocabulary: Baines abstracts the drama, September 5, 2010, by Laura Parsons

"These shouldn't work" was my first thought while standing in Ruffin Gallery looking at Katie Baines's recent paintings. A visiting faculty member in UVA's art department, Baines creates shape-strewn abstracts, combining numerous techniques from airbrushing to stenciling to brushwork, in colors that would normally clash but somehow mesh. And work, they do.

The best approach, I discovered, is simply to yield, allowing each of the 10 acrylic-on-panel paintings to unfold. After a few minutes, Baines' visual vocabulary begins to make sense. From piece to piece, she deploys a similar set of elements-- thin parallel lines fluid in their irregularity, waving polyps, scalloped borders, stenciled shapes and their echoes, etc.-- that unite her complex compositions and move the viewer smoothly from one small event to the next.

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August 2010

Cville, The Bayly looks at African art through Man Ray's lens, August 2010, by Andrew Cedermark

...it was move-in day at UVA, and students rode past the Bayly Building in the backs of pickup trucks, beside their mattresses and couches. Theirs was a trip into the heart of darkness worthy of a new exhibit at the UVA Art Museum, “Man Ray: African Art and the Modernist Lens,” which was celebrated with a low-key three hour community event dubbed Man Ray Day.

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March 2010

The Daily Progress, A moving lesson in freedom of expression, March 22, 2010

...axis: all about access
The University of Virginia Dance Program and Department of Drama have join forces to host AXIS Dance Company this week for a series of master classes, student demonstrations and a public performance at the Paramount Theater.

According to artistic director Judith Smith, physically challenged performers are just one part of the AXIS equation.

“We are as much about non-disability as we are about disability. It is not just about the disabled dancers, it is about the fact that we can do what we do because both components are represented.”

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