U.Va. Art Museum Hosts Family Art Jam Exploring Works of Arshile Gorky

September 25, 2007

Sept. 25, 2007 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum will have a Family Art Jam, “Make Your Mark: Exploring the Drawings of Arshile Gorky,” on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., to explore the drawings of Arshile Gorky. Families will be led by a studio instructor through the exhibition, “Arshile Gorky: Drawings, The Early Years,” and then will create their own art related to what they see and learn.

These hands-on activities are designed for young artists, ages 4 through 12, and their families. Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to the 1-3 p.m. session, and those ages 7 through 12 should attend the 3-5 p.m. session.

Reservations are required (call (434) 243-2050), though drop-ins will be permitted if space is available. Refreshments will be provided.

The participation fee is $5 for museum members (including one adult and up to two children), $12 for nonmembers and $2 for each additional child or adult.

The U.Va. Art Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road. Information: (434) 924-3592.

About the artist:
Arshile Gorky (1904-47) escaped the Armenian genocide, immigrating to the United States at the age of 16 and adopting his last name from that of the Russian writer Maxim Gorky. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and lived in New York. By the end of his career, Gorky was an undisputed master of modern art and a seminal member of the Abstract Expressionists.