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The University Of Virginia Will Host Two Public Talks With Cabell Hall Mural Artist Lincoln Perry

November 20, 2000 -- Lincoln Perry, artist of the recently installed 11-panel mural, "The Student’s Progress," in the lobby of the University of Virginia’s historic Old Cabell Hall, will take part in two public discussions at U.Va in conjunction with the mural’s dedication.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Campbell Hall, Room 153, Perry will hold a conversation about the new mural with David Carbone. A figure painter and art historian, Carbone teaches at SUNY-Albany, lectures widely on the figure in contemporary art and frequently provides art commentary on NPR.

Perry and Carbone will hold an informal discussion of the mural Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall.

In his discussions with Perry, Carbone will bring a broad perspective to Perry’s overall work in the context of the American muralist tradition of artists such as Thomas Hart Benton.

The subject of the new mural is the education of a student at the University of Virginia. The female student in the mural journeys through four years and four seasons and goes from being an individual who does not know her place in the world to being a more mature person who has gone through self-discovery in her pursuit of knowledge.

Perry, one of America’s foremost figure artists, painted the work in the tradition of mural painting that relates to the surrounding architecture. He incorporates the architecture of the lobby in the mural and the painting itself appears contiguous with the lobby space. The landscape is the same view of the mountains that lie to the south of the building.

A group of U.Va. benefactors commissioned the work and raised the funds to pay for it. They included Ruth and Robert Cross; Gertrude Weber; Commonwealth Professor of Architecture Richard Guy Wilson and Eleanor Wilson; and Dr. Donald J. Innes, a pathology professor who chaired the project and Allison Innes.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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