An exhibit of sculpture by five women artists on the theme of disability opens Thursday at Van Every/Smith Galleries, at Davidson College Visual Arts Center. “Re / Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture” was curated by Davidson assistant gallery director Jessica Cooley and English professor Ann M. Fox, includes work that examines disability not as mental or physical insufficiency, but as a cultural identity.
Also in this column: Davidson gallery director Brad Thomas is picked as the juror for this spring’s Downtown Davidson Inc. Art on the Green festival. And recent Davidson College grad Lucy Corwin opens a solo show in Charlotte’s NoDa district. Also, check out our exhibit calendar below …
RE/FORMATIONS OPENS THURSDAY
“Re/Formations” is believed to be the first exhibit of its kind that addresses the intersection between disability identity and female identity. The show opens with a panel discussion Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Alvarez College Union 900 Room.
A reception and exhibit opening follow at 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center, Main and Griffith Streets. The show will run through Feb. 27.
The panel discussion will include Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Dr. Ann Millet-Gallant, artists Laura Splan and Harriet Sanderson, and curators Jessica Cooley and Dr. Ann M. Fox.
Besides Ms. Splan and Ms. Sanderson, other artists are Rebecca Horn, Judith Scott and Nancy Fried. Their sculpture examines disability not as mental or physical insufficiency limited to a small minority, but as a widespread cultural identity, much like race or sexual orientation. “This is not art as therapy or rehabilitation. It is art emerging from within disability culture that is at once activist and aesthetically innovative,” the curators say in materials promoting the show.
“Re/Formations fills a critical gap in the national discussion on disability,” the curators say. “What happens when disabled women, doubly “othered” in mainstream society by virtue of their gender and physicality, choose to explore that intersection in the historically male-dominated medium of sculpture?”
After its run at Davidson, the exhibit will travel to the National Institute of Art & Disabilities in Richmond, Calif., this spring.
Two other exhibits are planned to coincide with “Re/Formations.” An exhibit of works from the Davidson College collection with disability themes is at the Visual Art Center. And an exhibit in the Alvarez College Union has works from Charlotte’s LifeSpan Inc., a local arts organization that works with disabled artists.
The Van Every/Smith Galleries are open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. For more about the exhibit, visit the exhibition website.
THOMAS TO JUDGE ART ON THE GREEN
Brad Thomas, award winning artist and director of the Van Every/ Smith Galleries at Davidson College, has agreed to be the juror for Downtown Davidson Inc.’s 4th Annual Art on the Green festival this spring. Scheduled this year for April 25-26, Art on the Green is Davidson’s largest art festival of the year.
As an artist, Mr. Thomas has received several awards including a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship and New Works Grant. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Since 1999, he has been curator of the college’s art collection and art gallery director. As juror, he will select artists for Art on the Green 2009, which invites local artists to apply for booth space. For more information, visit www.downtowndavidson.org.
CORWIN SHOW IN CHARLOTTE
An exhibit “Breaking Through: Recent Paintings by Lucy Corwin” opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 23, 6-10 p.m. at Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St., in Charlotte’s North Davidson Street arts district, or NoDa.
Ms. Corwin is a 2005 graduate of Davidson College and currently lives in Charlotte. She had a one-woman show at Van Every/ Smith Gallery in the Davidson Visual Arts Center in March 2005.
This show includes a collection of colorful abstract oil paintings on canvas. Ms. Corwin’s work has crisp lines and organically flowing ribbons of vibrant color, which intertwine to create a balance of harmony and tension, light and darkness. Ranging in size from 12 inches by 12 inches to 96 x 18, these paintings vary from playful and joyful to solemn and reflective, according to the artist. “I am enamored with color. Color conveys beauty, emotion, vivacity, and meaning—all without words. I think that’s also why I love abstract painting. It is here, where words and realism elude me, that I find my voice,” Ms. Corwin says.
Ms. Corwin grew up in North Carolina and studied art formally at Davidson College and in Italy. Since 2005, she has lived and worked in South Africa, New Mexico, North Carolina, and London, England.
Gallery hours are Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25, noon to 5 p.m. Details: 704-334-1177
For more information about Lucy and her work, visit www.lucycorwin.com.
GALLERY OPENINGS & ART EVENTS
SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, Creative Art Exchange, in the Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., behind the police station, Cornelius – Artist Carmella Jarvi will lead a workshop for artists on “Improving Your Chances with Juried Shows.” The workshop is held in conjunction with Downtown Davidson Inc. and its Art on the Green festival, a juried show in April. Cost $35. Preregistration required by Thursday, Jan. 15. Details: Creative Art Exchange at 704-892-7323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKE NORMAN ART LEAGUE GALLERY, South Main Square office building, 442 S. Main St. – Through Jan. 23: Lake Norman Art League’s “Small Works 2008 Exhibit & Sale,” with paintings, prints, 3-D and other works by art league members. Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details: www.LKNart.org
DAVIDSON COLLEGE VAN EVERY/SMITH GALLERIES, Davidson College Visual Art Center, Main and Griffith streets – Closed Dec. 15-Jan. 14. Next exhibition Jan. 16-Feb. 26: “Re/Formations: Disability, Women and Sculpture,” curated by Jessica Cooley and Davidson professor Ann M. Fox. Artists include: Harriet Sanderson, Rebecca Horn, Judith Scott, Nancy Fried and Laura Splan. Opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Panel discussion 7 p.m. at Alvarez College Union. More information on the exhibit website.
MERRILL-JENNINGS GALLERY, 463 S. Main St. – Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: 704-895-1213 or on the gallery’s new website, www.merrilljennings.com.
CHRISTA FAUT GALLERY, 19818 North Cove Road, Jetton Village, Cornelius – Gallery hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Information: www.christafautgallery.com or 704-892-5312.
WOODEN STONE, 445 S. Main St. – Functional fine art and hand-made objects. Gallery hours: (New hours Jan. 2009) Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays/Mondays. 704-892-1449. www.woodenstonegallery.com.
CREATIVE ART EXCHANGE/CORNELIUS ARTS CENTER, 19725 Oak St., in the Oak Street Mill behind the police station, Cornelius – Jan. 12-Feb. 28, paintings by Tonya Gregg. Ms. Gregg’s work, which comments on issues of contemporary culture and identity, has been exhibited throughout the Southeast, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, and Germany. She has received residencies from the South Carolina Arts Commission and Kaiserslautern Artist Association Wollmagazin studio complex. Reception and gallery talk, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours: Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 704-892-7323 or www.creativeartexchange.org.
SO ALIVE GALLERY, 108 S. Main St. – Through Jan. 31: Artwork by local artists and artisans. Eight artists are being chosen for display and sale during the holiday season. Gallery hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 11-6, Saturdays, 10-2, Sundays 12-5. Details: 704-892-0044.
DAVIDSON COLLEGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CONGREGATION HOUSE, Concord Road – Through Jan. 31, photos from the Nepal Orphans Home by Peter and Boo Hess. The photos illustrate the effects of contributions by the the Davidson community on the Nepal Orphans Home. For stories and photos, visit www.nepalorphanshome.net.