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A Short History Of Decay: Sculpture By James Welty: An Exhibition At The University Of Virginia Art Museum

June 2, 2004 --

WHAT: A Short History of Decay: Sculpture by James Welty

WHEN: Saturday, June 5, to Sunday, Aug. 8

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
155 Rugby Road

ACCOMPANYING EVENT: Gallery Talk by James Welty, Friday, June 4, 5 p.m. Reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A Short History of Decay: Sculpture by James Welty, an exhibition of wall-mounted works and freestanding copper pieces, will be presented at the U.Va. Art Museum from Saturday, June 5, to Sunday, Aug. 8. Sculptor James Welty’s exhibition of dynamic and intriguing work explores the interconnections between nature, civilization and human creativity.

The pieces featured in the exhibition are composed of copper and were made between 2000 and 2004. Included is a major large-scale work — spanning 46 feet 7 inches — titled “Hungry Ghost Hypothesis.”

Welty’s works are a museum favorite. “I have had the great pleasure of knowing James Welty and his work for the past five years,” said Jill Hartz, museum director. “In the summer of 2000, he was one of 24 artists who participated in the special exhibition Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium, organized by the museum and curated by Lyn Bolen Rushton, which placed site-specific work inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s legacy throughout the Charlottesville region.”

Although Welty’s pieces are immobile, they seem merely caught in the act of movement or transformation, a quality that points back to his costume and set designs with Joann Jansen Dance Co. at the Kitchen, in New York, and with the Dan Wagoner Dance Company, as well as his 10-year history of architectural installations.

A Chicago native, Welty graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Ruskin School of Drawing and the Chicago Art Institute.

Welty moved to Charlottesville five years ago with his wife, Karen Van Lengen, dean of U.Va.’s School of Architecture.
An exhibition of smaller-scale works by Welty is on view at LesYeux du Monde Gallery, The Terraces, 115 South First Street, in downtown Charlottesville.

The U.Va. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For details about exhibitions, call the museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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