UMW Studio Art Senior Exhibition

Senior students:

Breanna Bravo, Courtney Chetister, Benji Collins, Abigail Dyer, Natalie Eaton, Erin Fei (Humphrey), Cora Freeman, Tess Hatton, Marcus Hill, Ryan Lopez, Tara Meeks, Emily Pawlica, Megan Prince, Mason Radcliffe, Katherine Raffa, Kelli Schooler, Samantha Van Heest

Faculty Mentors:

Jon McMillan, Ceramics; Carole Garmon, Sculpture;  Rosemary Jesionowski, Photography and Printmaking; Jason Robinson, Digital Media; Chris Musina, Painting and Drawing

Each year, the Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present the thesis work of our graduating seniors in an exhibition. This Senior Exhibition represents the culmination of each student’s time at the University Mary Washington. Through ARTS 474: Professional Practices (Professor Carole Garmon) and ARTS475: Senior Thesis Seminar (Professor Rosemary Jesionowski), the students in the exhibition have honed their work and their artist statements to share with the public. Each student has also received mentoring from the specific Studio Art faculty member whose area of expertise is most appropriate. Traditionally, the exhibition is held in the foyer and halls of the University Center with a celebratory reception on Research and Creativity Day. This year, we present the exhibition online with a postponed physical exhibition to coincide with the fall commencement ceremony. Congratulations to our graduating seniors; they’ve truly done an outstanding job. Please find the online exhibition linked on the image below:

UMW Studio Art Senior Exhibition

Leonardo’s Versions of the Rocks

by Sarai David

Faculty mentor: Dr. Marjorie Och

Leonardo da Vinci’s two paintings entitled the Virgin of the Rocks, currently located in the National Gallery in London and the Louvre in Paris, depict nearly identical subject matter in two different styles. Recent conservation confirms the authorship of the London version, allowing researchers to compare the styles of the two paintings. This presentation examines stylistic elements such as sfumato, chiaroscuro and compositional changes of the two paintings. It also considers the contractual requirements for the altarpiece and how those requirements may have influenced Leonardo’s stylistic choices. Finally, this presentation concludes that, in an attempt to create a cohesive design, Leonardo modified the style for which he is best known.

Leonardo’s Versions of the Rocks

Margaret’s Menagerie

by Alexis Anderson, Gillian Brown, Sarai David, Meredith Glasco, Tanner Herndon, Emily Hilbert, Tessa Honeycutt, Jonni Hower, Brittany Johnson, Jordan Petty, Alana White

Faculty mentor: Dr. Marjorie Och

“Margaret’s Menagerie” is an exhibition produced by students in ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies. The exhibition focuses on the work of Margaret Sutton (1905-90), a 1926 graduate of the State Teacher’s College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, now the University of Mary Washington. The works chosen for the exhibition explore the artist’s vivid imagination and the deep resource of inspiration that she found in animals and nature.

Please visit the exhibition site: http://margaretsutton.maochclasses.org/