April 2, 2009 — Each year, a select few talented studio art graduates from the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art are invited to return as Aunspaugh Fifth Year Fellows, allowing them to pursue intensive study in a chosen area of studio art before a graduate program.
Three of this year's fellows will exhibit their work in Ruffin Gallery, 179 Culbreth Road, April 6 through 10, with a closing reception on April 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Film and video artist Andrew Mausert-Mooney explores narrative and abstraction in four new works in his exhibit, "Things to Take with You." The films include a look at a lay-led spiritual community; a portrait of a young person struggling to make his moments count in a strip-mall suburb; an ecstatic moment capturing gravity, light and flesh shot in 400 frames per second; and a depiction of internal crisis surrounding a nun, her sister and a desert storm.
Patrick Costello explores people trying to figure out how to live in the world and with the earth in the face of human-made environmental destruction through small acts in his multimedia installation "No More Waves, This Is Undertow."
In his exhibit, "Teachability," James Dean Erickson celebrates the uncommon teachers of the community through the language and tradition of portrait painting.