'Past Meets Present VI' Opens June 3, Features Art by U.Va. Alumni at Ruffin Hall

May 20, 2011 — Work by retired University of Virginia art professor Richard Crozier, plus works from studio art alumni and Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Fellows, will be on view in Ruffin Gallery and exhibition space on all three floors of Ruffin Hall from June 3 through July 1.

A reception will be held June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"Richard Crozier Retirement Show" will showcase recent work by Crozier, a studio art professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and landscape painter who retired in December. He taught at U.Va. for 36 years.

The group exhibition "Past Meets Present VI" includes work by alumni from 1976, '81, '86, '91, '96, 2001 and '06, and will be on view on the second- and third-floor galleries of Ruffin Hall.

The exhibit will feature "Lost in the City: Works from the Pierre Richard Estate." A 1981 studio art graduate who was killed in a 2001 bicycle accident , Richard combined photography, photocopying and collage technique – a combination that anticipated later developments of Photoshop and computer graphics, capturing what he called his "neighborhood pictures" of his favorite Washington, D.C. hangouts, including Dupont Circle and the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.

The 2011-12 Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Fellows in the studio art department's post-baccalaureate program will exhibit their work in the RUFFSTUFF Gallery on the first floor of Ruffin Hall. The exhibit includes "Sculpture/Performance Works of Body in Pain" by Bena Dam, "Sculpture of Landscape, Endangered and Mythic" by Andrew Salmon and "Photo and Film Excavated Memories" by Takahiro Susuki.

Also, "Byron's Telescope: Performance Machine of Beauty and Terror," will be on view on the Ruffin Hall third-floor outdoor plaza off Bayly Drive. "Byron's Telescope" is a human-propelled parade performance sculpture designed and built by the U.Va. sculpture community this spring. Free rides will be offered June 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"Byron's Telescope" will remain on view through Aug. 15, when it will travel to the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nev., and be on display Aug. 29 through Sept. 5.

Ruffin Gallery is open weekdays, and on June 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition and June 3 reception are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, located across from the Drama Building on Culbreth Road.

For information, call Bill Bennett at 434-924-6138 or e-mail whb@virginia.edu.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Jane Ford

Senior News Officer U.Va. Media Relations