Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gallery as studio classroom

Come by and watch as we create the next exhibit The Forest, a socially engaged practice installation.

Socially Engaged Practice, also known as Social Practice art involves collaboration between people to create art and dialogue.  Often the work has a social justice slant to it and is meant to move a concept forward using metaphor, visual imagery, performance and other media to help the audience connect to the concept. 

Critically acclaimed art critic, Suzi Gablik introduced this concept in her  publication titled The Reenchantment of Art (1991, Thames and Hudson).  Although the term "Socially Engaged Practice" was not used in this text, Gablik discussed the roles of artists being redefined in the late twentieth century and gave examples of artists working outside of the parameters of the studio and gallery in non-traditional roles. 

Between now and October 30 we are actually making some of the art that will hang in the gallery October 31 - December 20.  In this photo, artist Tacie Jones is using charcoal to create her winter trees.  

Other artists participating are Meggin Hicklin and Pippi Miller.  Student artists participating are VT SOVA student Megan Nilsson, and high school student Jolie Boucher. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Last Chance to see...Along the Spice Route on Display until October 15

Along the Spice Route, curated by Paula Golden and Ann Reardon, is an exhibit of 41 wall-quilts designed and created by 41 artists interpreting a spice used in cooking today and showing something about its country of origin.  In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide education on the origins of spices and the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries.   The quilters represented in this exhibit have diverse backgrounds and for many, this is their first exhibit.  Resumes of the artists are available for viewing at the gallery front desk and illustrate that the creative force can be tapped in all of us. 

Come by the during the last three days of one of the gallery's most popular exhibits .  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Exhibit 2017

Michael Farrar                   Everyone Loves Kimmie                         Mixed Media 
Michael Farrar 

Travelers and Other Nurds

June 2 - August 13, 2017

Opening Reception Friday June 2, 2017  5 - 7 p.m.

Free and open to the Public

The spelling of "nurds" is intentional, a lead-in to the enigmatic quality of Michael Farrar's art work.    The "alternative" spelling of nerds wakes up the viewer before they even get into the gallery because they see it on all of  the exhibit's printed material...and on the gallery window.  

People are thinking before they even see the art..."why is nerds spelled nurds?" 

And...the misspelling creates a pervasive tension which is also perceived in the way in which Farrar composes his paintings.   

Shadowless figures are planted on the ground, yet seem to hover; a push and pull between foreground and background give us the sense that a figure is moving, but we're not sure...it all allows us to be involved in the world  Farrar has created through these artworks. 

Michael Farrar's Travelers and Other Nurds include invented characters that are curious and memorable in their actions even if what they are doing isnot immediately apparent.  Farrar's titles lead you a little further into his alternative reality where life is explored through the foibles , missteps and clever irony of the characters he paints.  The often humorous and poignant subject matter offer the viewer a detour from his or her own reality in a refreshing and openly honest manner. 

A native Virginian, Farrar has received more than sixty awards, prizes and ribbons and is a signature member of the Virginia, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies.  He regularly exhibits at galleries, fine arts festivals and juried competitions across the country.  Farrar's work is held in national and international corporate and private collections.  He now works from his studio in eastern Tennessee. 



Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann    Hokusi     Gelatin Silver Print

March 2 - April 16, 2017 

Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori

This dynamic series of photographs created by Virginia Tech Graduate Students, Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann are a study in isolating light, surface, saturation, and rhythm in the manner of abstract expressionism.    Created by exposing photographic paper to diffracted and refracted laser light using prisms, liquid and filters; the paper is then processed by hand using a painterly application of the photochemistry.  The artwork combines traditional methods of darkroom photography with contemporary light exploration. 

The result is an invented photograph, named the “electromagnetogram” by its creators, artists Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori.  In this case, photo chemicals and the purified light of lasers are used for mark making instead of paint. The photos are an effort to explore the essence of the photographic medium, independent of content just as the abstract expressionists explored the essence of painting free of content.

Jessie and Liz were chosen to highlight the work of Virginia Tech graduate students for this year’s Virginia Tech Biennial Student Art Exhibit. Liz is in her final semester at Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts completing her M.F.A. in Creative Technologies. Jessie is working on her Ph.D. in the Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Program where she is doing research in cognitive neuroscience. Their curiosity-driven, unique photography highlights the excellent work of Virginia Tech students who combine creativity with technology and science in their art.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Exhibit Remembering the Tenth Anniversary of April 16


                                                       Roanoke Times article on exhibit.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winter 2017 Exhibit "HOPE"

Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech New Walls , New Floors, New Exhibit

Twelfth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Community Art Exhibit
January 24 – February 24, 2017
Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
                                                                              -Martin Luther King
Invitation to the Community
Please join us in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ legacy of building strong communities through peaceful actions.  We will be hosting an art exhibit created by all age members of our community that celebrates Black History Month

5 - 7 p.m.

Great ART
Great MUSIC by Eric Lanoue
Light Refreshments


Help us to celebrate what is Great.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Part I: Weathering the Seasons

In 1937 Squires Hall was built on this site. 
It was named after John Houston Squires, a brilliant scientist who donated $10,000 towards its construction.

When completed the original building looked like this in the summer.

                  Getting into and out of the building was a workout in any season.

 In 1966 the first renovation began .  
So....off with the stairs. 

 ...and off with the back wall: 

             Welcome late 20th Century Modernism.
 Squires, c.1970

                         Welcome students.                                       

And Datsun 240 Z's

...and Christine
 (she's got to be in there, don't you think?).

In 1970 Thomas Butterfield,  a recent Virginia Tech graduate in education and architecture, was hired to oversee arts programming at Squires.  He opened an art workshop where students could create crafts and sell them in an area near what is now the Breakzone.  Perspective Gallery was also integrated into this new renovated Squires on the second floor.  In order to get to the back of  Squires, though, you had to pass through the gallery, helping to guide students to art they didn't know was there.

It was 1970 and Perspective Gallery was the beginning of the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Do you have a photo of the gallery during this time?  We are looking for images to add to our archives.  Please contact us