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Posts with the tag: Art

  1. Photos: Senior Art Show 2015

    May 28, 2015

    This year, a whopping 12 seniors presented their work in the senior art show, displaying competency and skill in diverse mediums and techniques. You can learn more about this year’s show by reading the news article on the university website.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  2. Lithography in the Corridor Gallery

    March 9, 2015

    I first realized how much work good art can require when my sister was preparing the pieces for her senior art show a few years ago. She would carefully labor for hours on end just to get at her best work. I came to understand that art is not just a question of ability, but also dedication.

    The display of lithography in the corridor gallery over the past few weeks rekindled my appreciation for the labor-intensive and exacting nature of excellent art. Lithography, as I understand it, is a form of printmaking in which grease, water, and various chemicals are worked into a slab of limestone from which prints are made. I could try to go into more detail, but you’d probably be better off watching this short online video. The process is difficult and time-consuming. Professor Himes, who had a piece of his own on display, expressed his worry that lithography is slowly becoming a “lost art” simply because few artists today have the patience to carry out the technique.

    The pieces on display were on loan from the university from other schools. They were all distinctly beautiful. I was grateful for the chance to experience not just the creativity and talent, but also the hard work of the artists who contributed.

    (Post by Alec Johnson ’14. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  3. Art After Dark

    November 7, 2014

    Let’s be candid. A Friday night event about reading poetry and prose while admiring art doesn’t exactly set the standard for students interested in the party scene. But that didn’t stop Southern Virginia’s literary magazine from producing an enjoyable and refreshing night of entertainment and refinement in the form of their second annual Art After Dark.

    Hosted by The Review and the Von Canon Library, Art After Dark is an opportunity for students to share their work, whether in writing or art.

    “The event’s purpose was to raise awareness about the literary magazine,” said Ruth Crook, editor-in-chief of The Review. “Really, our mission is to help students realize their ambition of being published in a professional magazine. Art After Dark prepares students to submit their work.”

    Essentially, Art After Dark is an opportunity for Southern Virginia students to come together to share ideas, refine thoughts, and inspire one another.

    (Post and Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  4. The Art and Attitude of Brian Kershisnik

    September 12, 2014

    Although I’m no artist, I have to say I gleaned some real insight from the works and words of artist Brian Kershisnik, who visited campus this week for both a leadership lecture and the opening of an art display. He presented big ideas in a normal and relatable way. Some things came across because he said them. Others didn’t need saying.

    Kershisnik began his leadership lecture with an introduction to his artwork. He shared a little of the explorative process — creating something, tweaking it, changing it drastically, naming it and often finding real meanings only when the piece is complete. He encouraged those in attendance to risk making mistakes and to exceed the minimum expectation.

    “If you’re assigned to do two paintings, do five,” he said.

    It’s not that you have to overachieve, or have backups in case you lose a painting, or even because your first 500 paintings will be bad — though he assured us that they will. It’s because this is how you find out what you’re sustainably passionate about. It’s how to figure out what you really love to do. It’s not just a secret to learning, but a secret to learning about yourself.

    One of the most notable things about Kershisnik’s lecture and artwork was his comfort-level with his faith. He probably couldn’t hide it if he wanted to, not only because he feels conviction, but because it’s a seminal part of him and he’s comfortable with himself. His lecture addressed the death and resurrection of Christ, spiritual inspiration, and personal connections to God.

    Check out the Corridor Gallery to get your own feel for Kershisnik’s artwork. Of the 21 paintings on display there, my favorite is “Jesus and the Angry Babies.”

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  5. Travel Study in Italy

    July 28, 2014

    This summer, a group of students set off from Buena Vista and traveled to Italy to study the Renaissance in a ten-day academic adventure. The group, led by Professor Crawford, visited not only the bustling cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, but also small country towns such as Spello, giving students first hand exposure to both the vivacious life and architecture of ancient Italian cities and the quiet culture of the Italian countryside.

    Along with the range of cultural experiences that the Italian adventurers gained, they saw in person some of the most revered and iconic pieces of art in the world, ranging from sculptures by Bernini and Michelangelo to Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence.

    (Post by Tamsin Himes. Photos by Travel Study participants.)