August 3 through October 14, 2018: The Community Narratives Project
Reception: Friday, August 24, 5 – 7 p.m.
(Free and open to the public)
Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech Student Engagement and Campus Life is collaborating with the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) for their next exhibit, Community Narratives. The exhibit runs August 3 – October 14, 2018 and is located in the second floor gallery in Virginia Tech’s Squires Student Center, 290 College Avenue Blacksburg, VA. There will be an opening reception on August 24, 2018 from 5 – 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Virginia Tech highly values its diverse community of faculty, staff and students. The Community Narratives Project is lead by Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). The project grew organically with a small exhibit in the college highlighting the concept last year. Later, individuals within the Hokie Community inspired by this earlier exhibit had their portrait taken and added their stories. Working with Kathryn, photographer Sal Choudhury, Professor of Architecture in CAUS, created the photo-narratives on scheduled dates throughout the past year. The project concept is designed to spark conversations and create an ongoing dialogue in response to this question: Based on your lived experiences, what does diversity mean in your life?
The photo-narratives highlight individuality. Participants decide how to showcase their identity, their culture, their own perspectives on diversity as they reflect on personal life experiences.
If you are interested in telling your story and having a professional photo taken in this ongoing project, sign up at the gallery front desk. You may also write a personal response to the question above in one of the blank books on pedestals around the gallery.
Walt Hewes, Angel's Rest (pastel on paper)
October 23 through December 15: Walt Hewes Retrospective
Reception: Friday, October 26, 5 - 7 p.m.
(Free and open to the public)
Walt Hewes is a preeminent artist who draws and paints vistas and abandoned places of the New River Valley en plein air, a French term meaning “outside.” A longtime resident of Giles County, Virginia, Hewes studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. During his student-life, Walt often took part in conversations with Andrew Wyeth, America’s best-known 20th century landscape painter. Walt’s work takes the viewer down long, lonely backroads, open fields, and abandoned buildings in Central Appalachia. In his work, you will find the beauty, mystery and magic that the Alleghany Mountains hold.
The exhibit will feature new works and include paintings, pencil drawings and pastels.
Located on the second floor of Squires Student Center, the Perspective Gallery is committed to exhibiting the finest quality fine art with a special interest in providing art viewing opportunities which pique student curiosity and creates bridges within the academic and world community. The university campus is a unique environment where students are exposed to new and innovative ideas. The role of Perspective Gallery is to enrich the college experience by thought-provoking art exhibitions, programs, and collaborations.
Open when we’re closed!
Even when we’re closed, exhibitions are visually available through our perimeter windows, in front, and down the corridor along the side of the gallery.