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2015-16 Exhibition Season
Painted Songs & Stories: Contemporary Gond Art from India
Sept. 3 – Oct. 25
Opening events: talk, performance and reception on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.
Brightly colorful depictions of tribal mythology delight the eye during this exhibition of contemporary Gond art from central India, curated by John H. Bowles. He is author of "Painted Songs & Stories: The Hybrid Flowerings of Contemporary Pardhan Gond Art," published in 2009 by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). The Gonds are a tribal people who first came to popular international attention through Rudyard Kipling’s "Jungle Book," which describes them as “. . . the oldest race in India — the aboriginal owners of the land.” Gond artists Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Saroj Shyam will attend the exhibition opening. In the center of the gallery's floor, Saroj Shyam will create a ritual digna (a traditional design applied by the Gonds to the walls and floors of their homes).
Beyond the Tartan: Nicholas & Kate Stewart
Sept. 10 – Oct. 10
Opening reception on Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
Radford University alumni, Nicholas and Kate Stewart invite you to experience a collection of paintings and sculptures investigating abstraction of nature and life. Nicholas explores both the illusion and reality of tessellations and patterns throughout existence by surface application and physical breaks in the canvas. Kate finds inspiration in the colors of butterflies, and the structure of her paintings is influenced by their shape and form. While these portfolios make for a cohesive body of work, the variety of techniques cater to a wide audience.
Student Painting Show
Oct. 6 – Oct. 23
Opening reception on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current Radford University students in painting.
The Things They Carried: Military Art by Ken Smith
Oct. 15 – Dec. 3
Opening Reception on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
Paintings of the common soldier from the French & Indian War to the Iraq War. This is in conjunction with the NEA's Big Read Program, sponsored by the McConnell Library.
Oct. 27 – Nov. 13
Opening Reception on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.
Radford University graduate art students mount their own installations of art in various media. G.A.S.A. is an acronym for the Graduate Art Student Association.
Nov. 5 – Dec. 13
Opening events on Nov. 5:
- Artist's talk at 4 p.m. in the Performance Hall in the Covington Center
- Film showing The Garden of the Finzi-Continis at 4:30 p.m. (also in the Performance Hall)
- Reception and exhibit opening at 6 p.m.
A beautifully executed, extremely contemporary, historically relevant and deeply personal exhibition inspired by Italian American / Jewish artist Eric Finzi's family's experience (in Ferrara, Italy, from the rise of Mussolini until the start of World War II) as told in the 1962 historical novel and later Academy Award winning film, “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.” This is a gorgeous and compelling collection of contemporary works that help provoke dialogue on many topics and create the opportunity to engage different university departments.
Student Drawing Show
Nov. 17 – Dec. 17
Opening Reception on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current Radford University students in drawing.
Canceled: M.F.A. Show
There are no M.F.A. students graduating this fall.
B.F.A. Graduation Show
Dec. 11 – 17
Opening Reception on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.
Graduating students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts graphic design program and studio arts exhibit their best works.
2016 Juried Student Show
Feb. 1 – Feb. 13 (opening date changed from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1).
Opening Reception on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.
This Radford University exhibit is an annual student competition with numerous awards, including Best in Show in the undergraduate and graduate divisions. The Juried Student Show is open to all Radford University students regardless of major.
Art of Feng No. 3
Jan. 29 – March 4
Opening Reception on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
Internationally renowned artist and Radford University art professor Z. L. Feng will showcase the watercolor, pastel, and oil landscapes and portraits he created during his 2015 fall sabbatical in China and other places.
Student Ceramics Show
Feb. 2 – Feb. 19
Opening Reception on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current Radford University students in ceramics.
Juried Photography Show
Feb. 19 – March 3
Opening Reception on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.
A juried photography show for students in the New River Valley area.
Student Photography Show
Feb. 23 – April 7
Opening Reception Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current RU students in photography.
Department of Design Senior Exhibition
March 15 – 19
Reception March 19 at 1 p.m.
March 21 – 26
Radford University Department of Design graduating seniors exhibit their best works in this annual selection of work.
Canceled: Student Watercolor Show
March 22 – April 8
Opening Reception on March 22 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current Radford University students in watercolor.
Looking at Appalachia: A Fresh Approach
March 24 – April 24 (ending date changed from May 4)
Opening Reception on March 24 at 5 p.m.
In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, these photographs look at Appalachia fifty years after Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, the photographs are defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.
M.F.A. Graduation Exhibition
April 1 – 12
Opening Reception on April 1 at 5 p.m.
Graduating students in the Master of Fine Arts program exhibit their best works.
Radford University Art Museum Downtown
Student Jewelry/Metalsmithing Show
April 12 – 26 (ending date has changed from April 29)
Opening Reception on April 12 at 5 p.m.
An exhibition of special projects and work from current Radford University students in jewelry/metalsmithing.
B.F.A. Graphic Design Graduation Exhibition
April 15 – 20
Opening Reception on April 15 at 5 p.m.
Graduating students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design program exhibit their best works.
This exhibition extends to the former upstairs gallery due to the large number of graduating seniors.
Spring Graphic Design Show
This is an annual gathering to celebrate the Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts graphic design program. It features juried work by all levels of students. Hosted by AIGA Radford.
The Side Door, 202 3rd Ave, Radford
B.F.A. Studio Graduation Exhibition
April 22 – 27
Reception on April 22 at 5 p.m.
April 29 – May 4
Reception on April 29 at 5 p.m.
Graduating students in the B.F.A. studio program exhibit their best works.
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
May 31 – July 29
An exhibition of work from the RU Art Museum's permanent collection. Please note that in order to view this exhibition, you must have an appointment. Click on the link below for more information.