Family Art JAM Comes for "William Christenberry: Site/Possession"

October 30, 2007

Oct. 30, 2007 — Make-and-take art for families is now regularly available in the University of Virginia Art Museum's new and growing hands-on space. During Art JAMs, families may explore one of the museum's exhibitions or works of art along with a studio instructor, and then create art related to what they saw and learned. Designed for children ages 4 to 12 and their families, Art JAMs allow kids to interact with art, and bring out the young artist in themselves.

On Nov. 17, the Art JAM will respond to William Christenberry's work, currently featured at the museum in an exhibition called "Site/Possession." His work is based largely on his time spent in Hale County, Ala., and his work both praises and condemns the South. The exhibition features drawings, paintings, photographs, constructions, dream buildings and more. The drawings, in particular, provide a window into Christenberry's art process, showing his development from 1959 all the way to 2006. At this Art JAM, "Sense of Place: Exploring the Art of William Christenberry"
families can view his art and his ideas, and then make their own based on what they saw and felt.

The program is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 4- to 7- year-olds and their families, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and their families. The cost is $5 for a member and up to two children, $12 for a non-member and up to two children, and $2 for each additional child. Reservations are required; call (434) 243-2050. Drop-ins are permitted if space is available.
The University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call (434) 924-3592 or visit