Show runs from: January 14 until February 24, 2008

Show runs from: February 25 until April 1, 2008

Figurative ceramic sculptures and paintings that combine metaphorical apparitions within a literal context, richly laden with the imagery of many cultures.

Show runs from: April 5 until April 20, 2008

This exhibition occurring during the one year anniversary of the April 16 tragedy at Virginia Tech, honors those that were lost, thanks those that responded and marks how the Hokie community came together and become stronger as a result. It is comprised of documentary photographs taken by the community along with objects from the prevail archives which were sent to Virginia Tech from all over the world. It runs from 4/5 through 4/20.

Show runs from: April 22 until May 31, 2008

This exhibition features large scale drawings and mixed media sculpture from artist Genesis Chapman. A graduate of Kansas City Art institute now pursuing a graduate degree from VCU, Chapman is a native to Bent Mountain, VA where he lives in close relationship with nature as he explores our relationship to it through his work. Show opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2008 and runs through May 31, 2008.

Show runs from: June 6 until July 21, 2008

"Mom said, 'Have Faith!'"

Dr. Richard J. Bay, Art Education Professor at Radford University, is a rebel painter and creator. Yet he is a rebel with a cause. Dr. Bay delights in art's ability to provoke viewers to reevaluate their worldviews, to question assumptions and long-held personal beliefs. In his latest exhibition, "Mom said, 'Have Faith!'", to be held in the Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery from June 6 (Opening Night) through July 21, he tackles the incendiary topic of faith and deconstructs the word's religious connotations. With each of his pieces, Dr. Bay challenges viewers' inclination to categorize dismissively or judge quickly.

Perspective Gallery curator Mary Tartaro said, "From the first time I saw Richard Bay's work, I was impressed by his fresh, raw, innocent approach. The work has an immediacy which is as inspiring as the artist's contagious enthusiasm for its making. His rich surfaces draw the viewer in and then takes them deeper into autobiographical territory."

Show runs from: July 25 until August 31, 2008

Giles County Painter/ Sculptor Pat West displays her work which is inspired by her recent travels abroad.

Show runs from: September 3 until October 4, 2008

American Impressionist Paintings from the Michener Art Museum Collection includes 25 works by approximately 15 of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, who were associated with a vigorous realism grounded in love of the land and embodying America's populist, pioneer spirit. In describing Impressionist painting, the words "virile," "force," and "veracity" probably don't come to mind. But these are the very words that were used by early 20th-century critics to describe the work of the Bucks County artists. For example, the bold, vigorous realism of Edward Redfield, generally acknowledged as the stylistic leader of this group, influenced several generations of Impressionist artists to come.

An exhibition featuring photographs from Mexico, artifacts from the festival, and both traditional and contemporary altars.

Show runs from: October 3 until November 8, 2008

Lecture by Laurie Zuckerman: Dia de los Muertos Cemetery Decorations and Ofrenda Altars: Colonial Mexico

October 3rd at 4:00pm in Brush Mountain A, 3rd floor Squires

Open Reception: October 3rd at 5:00pm in the Perspective Gallery

Both are open to the public, call director, Mary Tartaro for more information (540) 231-5053

The artists included in this exhibition are: Laurie Zuckerman The Artgirlz Gilda Machin-Scarpaci, Baldwin True North Kathy Pinkerton and Mindy North.

Show runs from: November 10 until December 15, 2008

Since 1985, this artist has exhibited his colorful works throughout Korea, Japan and the United States. Being the son of one of Korea's most respected contemporary artists, Jeon Jluck Lim, Young has been influenced by the master artist since childhood. His recent works use brilliant colors to describe traditional Korean patterns through his unique approach to painting

Show runs from: February 23 until March 28, 2009

The first American to paint an abstraction was actually an Engineer! Penn State Art Historian Dr Randy Ploog brings his research on this artists work together with his theory about how his work as an engineer architect lead to the first American abstractions. He will be holding a free lecture on the topic on March 3. Check the gallery desk for more info.

Reception: 2/23/09; 4:00-6:00pm

Show runs from: March 3 - April 29, 2009

This award winning Sculptor from Gordonsville Virginia displays her fantastic, intimately scaled, mixed media creations alongside drawings in an exhibition whose title defines "a barely intelligible version of the Truth." She is showing for the first time in this area. Go to to see more of her work.

Reception: 3/30/09; 5:00-7:00pm

Show runs from: May 1-30, 2009

Lush, evocative oils capture a personal epiphany in paint, beguiling us with layers of pleasure and meaning. Keen observations of the natural world resonate with spirituality in this Lexington Virginia artist's work. Go to to see more.

Reception: 5/1/09; 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Show runs from: June 1-July 1, 2009

Award winning Roanoke artist, Elaine Fleck displays intricately surfaced work with themes both personal and surreal.

Reception: 6/5/09; 5:00-7:00pm

Show runs from: July 3 - August 5, 2009

Local painter, Collins explores personal and spiritual themes in a new body of work. 

Reception: 7/3/09; 5:00-7:00pm

Show runs from: August 7 - September 5, 2009

Ceramic artist Chris Gryder uses a unique process to cast his creations consisting of wall and pedestal pieces. To see more go to

Reception: 8/7/09; 5:00-7:00pm

Show runs from: September 8 - October 10, 2009

New to this area from Grass valley California, Steger will display his large scale mixed media sculpture. See for more on his work.

Reception: 9/8/09; 4:00-6:00pm

Joni Pienkowski, Allison Keys, Jennifer Hand, Mary Moore, Sandy Kennedy, and Wonjung Jung
Joni Pienkowski, Allison Keys, Jennifer Hand, Mary Moore, Sandy Kennedy, and Wonjung Jung

Art Exhibit: June 1–August 11, 2013

Reception for the artists: June 7, 2013 5–7 p.m., free and open to the public

We are a group of friends that has gradually formed over the years. We are all artists: painters, potters and children’s book illustrators. We aim to weave art naturally and creatively into our lives and we strive to look beyond the usual in our work, our lives, and our spirituality. We gather together once a month to share our art, thoughts, ideas, and food. We sustain each other, lift each other up, and encourage each other in our endeavors.

by Jennifer Anderson

Art Exhibit: August 27 - September 28, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday August 30, 5 – 7 p.m. Free and Open to the public

Art Exhibit: October 2 - November 7, 2013

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday October 18, 5 – 9 p.m. Free and Open to the Public

Review the Prospectus (PDF | 280KB)

Winners (presented October 18 at the Perspective Gallery reception)

  • Nadine Allen Memorial Award: Nick Vitelli, Christiansburg, “Cuba”
  • Award of Excellence: Sean Hatter, Check, “Portrait of Philip”
  • First Award of Distinction: Dave Wertz, Roanoke, “Well, Kiss my Sweet Ass”
  • Second Award of Distinction: Lily Erb, Afton, “Appalachia”
  • Award of Merit: W. Dale Norton, Blacksburg, “Wanderings”
  • Most Innovative: Gina Louthian-Stanley, Roanoke, “Caged Window”
  • Honorable Mention: Julie Hawk, Christiansburg, “Presence of the Circle II”
  • Honorable Mention: Jennifer Carpenter, Christiansburg, “A Flare to Remember”

Great appreciation to the following for making the $2100 prize fund possible:

  • Nadine Allen Memorial Fund (daughters Mary Woerner and Margaret Feay)
  • Steve Miller, Mish Mish Art Supply, Blacksburg
  • Ruth Waalkes and the personnel of Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
  • John Eustis, New River Land Trust, Blacksburg
  • Robert Miller, Miller off Main St. Galleries, Blacksburg
  • Leslye Bloom, Blacksburg
  • Vera Dickerson, The Studio School, Roanoke
  • Diana Francis and James Creekmore, The Artful Lawyer, Blacksburg

2013 supporting organizations:

  • Blacksburg Regional Art Association, coordinator/administrator/donor
  • Robi Sallee, President
  • Leslye Bloom, Committee Chair
  • Gerri Young, committee member
  • Diana Francis, committee member
  • Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, donor, John McEnhill, director
  • Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, Pulaski, Judy Ison, director
  • Perspective Gallery, VT, Robin Boucher, director 
  • New River Land Trust, John Eustis, director

2015 Biennial will be headed by Judy Ison, Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley

Banjo Player

Earl Palmer Photos of Appalachia collection of John Kline

Art Exhibit: November 14, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday November 15, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public

To view work after December 12 please call the gallery to make an appointment.

“Banjo Player by Earl Palmer courtesy John Kline”

Music by “Old Man Kelly” during opening reception Friday November 15.

Pop up events and lectures on Appalachian Culture TBA please check back soon.

9th annual MLK Poster contest

The Time is Always Right To Do What is Right: 

Art Exhibit: January 21 – February 15, 2014

Reception:Tuesday January 21, 2014;  4 – 6 p.m. Free and open to the public

Kindergarten through 12th grade 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poster and Essay Contest

In collaboration with the Virginia Tech Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Jonathan Murrill painting

Art Exhibit: February 21 – March 29, 2014

Reception Friday February 28 5 – 7 p.m. Free and Open to the Public

“In my concentration of oil painting I focus primarily on the human expression and personalities of many Southwest Virginia workers I have worked alongside.  Through my co -workers I have gained a deeper understanding of the lifestyle, struggles, and the human spirit that each of these workers embodies.  My intention in my own work is to rediscover the human spirit of the working class through the use of expression.

In my own work I have found that the techniques of scraping the paint into and out of the canvas allow for the rugged and tattered feel that these workers possess.  I work completely without a brush using palette knives or any other tool capable of scraping and degrading the canvas surface.  Overall, my work does not represent an idealistic beauty, but rather, it represents the emotional kaleidoscope of each individual.”

Jonathan Murrill

Beehive collective image

Beehive collective lecture in Perspective Gallery
Friday February 14,  3- 4:30 p.m.

Collaboration with the School of Liberal Arts

Erin McElvy will discuss her work in Central America with the Beehive Collective.  Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public

FORM | Line-Plane-Solid

Exhibit Created by Industrial Design Students in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Art Exhibit: April 3 – May 18, 2014

FORM | Line-Plane-Solid

Reception: April 4, 5-7 p.m.

FORM | Line-Plane-Solid is a celebration of three years of the form studio in the industrial design program at Virginia Tech. The exhibition features the work of nearly
100 students, spanning nine projects. The exhibition itself is designed by a team of 19 students – Alex Barrette, Claire Butterfield, Alex Chiles, Chris Crowley, Campbell Efird,Lina Garada, Jonathan Kim, Chris Kitchen, Aleyse McNealy, Hannah Minnix, Linnea Morgan, Chelsey Pon, Amanda Phung, Brian Pughe, Sarah Qureshi, Tomon Sasaki,Scott Shumaker, Meredith Walker, Emma Weaver – and directed by graduate studentChris Taylor and Professor Mitzi Vernon.

April 14 - April 29

Professor Helene Renard showcases her students’ design work using felt to create pods that invite viewer response. The exhibit is a part of a semester-long project.

Location: Johnston Student Center
Free and open to the public

Felt Pop Up Flyer (PDF | 4MB)

June 6 - August 16

Opening reception June 6, 5-7 p.m.

Free and Open to the public

Printmaking Revered: 40 Years of Prints from the Collections of Robert Millerhighlights the art of printmaking and will be on display at Perspective Gallery June 6, 2014 through August 16, 2014. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.     Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor in Squires Student Center.

Robert Miller has been at the center of the Blacksburg art scene since 1974 when he opened Block Prints Gallery not far from his current gallery location on Wilson Avenue in downtown Blacksburg.   Robert studied architecture at Virginia Tech and then continued his explorations of form and design through the Block Prints studio and gallery space.  Here young artists gathered to pull prints and then display their work.  Today, Miller off Main Street Galleries houses Robert’s art collections, art for sale from local, national and international sources, a framing shop, and his home.  This exhibit captures Robert’s admiration for the beauty of the craft, the skill and talent involved in the process of printmaking and includes an example from almost every style from this fine art genre.

Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine

On Exhibit August 26 - October 18, 2014

Reception for the artist August 29, 5 - 7 p.m. 

Solo Exhibition by Virgil Wong

Curated by Robin Boucher

(Blacksburg, VA) Virginia Tech’s, Student Center and Activities Perspective Gallery in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School are pleased to present a multidisciplinary exhibition on the visualization of health data to influence patient physician interaction and behavior change. Virgil Wong, a New York City-based artist and cognition technology researcher at Columbia University, creates digital portraits of people with chronic diseases in the Roanoke and Blacksburg area based on their own self-tracked symptom data. Using a mobile app developed by Wong, designer Katie McCurdy, and their company Medical Avatar LLC, patients create personalized avatars and timelines to more effectively communicate complex medical histories to their doctors. 

These self-portraits, including shapes of varying sizes and colors to represent specific symptoms over time, are a form of empathic design. What the patient feels in his or her body is now made visible for others to see. The often subtle, recurring, and distinctive nature of pain is captured in a manner that help clinicians be both analytical as well as compassionate in administering care.

Time travel visualizations can also motivate patients navigating through different stages of health behavioral change. Wong's research at Columbia University suggests that embodied future representations of smoking effects and obesity over time significantly influence contemplation stages and memory compared with verbal or text-only conditions. An installation in this exhibit allows visitors to experience one of these experiments.

The show also includes art based on broader epidemiological data from southwestern Virginia and regression analyses that predict possible states of future health. Gallery visitors are given the opportunity to track their own health information and paint their own medical time travel self-portraits.

Medical Avatar: Time Travel Visualizations for Transformative Health is curated by Robin Boucher, Arts Programs Director at Virginia Tech. Boucher was Wong's high school art teacher in 1990 and is pleased to welcome him back to southwestern Virginia for this 2014 solo exhibition.

Funded through a ICAT SEAD Mini-Grant, Student Centers and Activities, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine 


Also visit Medical Avatar exhibit page

Lecture Title and Description

September 2, 2014 Squires Colonial Hall

7-9 p.m.

Health Time Machines:

How a 3-D Selfie Can Help You Get Healthy

Chronic diseases account for 70% of deaths annually in the United States – and more than 75% of the $2.7 trillion cost of healthcare. Good choices patients make day-to-day regarding nutrition, fitness, and stress management can reverse conditions like diabetes and heart disease and support decades of optimal health and well-being. In this presentation, we will see how Health Time Machines (HTMs) can shape personalized mental models and transform behavior over time. HTMs are futuristic 7' X 7' booths that generate realistic 3-D avatars of users that capture their physical likenesses, precise body measurements, and critical health metrics. Potential health changes are visualized on these "healthy selfies" and made accessible on mobile devices. Combined with on-going data tracking and best-in-class mHealth resources, HTMs promote positive health behavior changes and stronger relationships between patients, providers, and payers.

Adherence is not dictated by external forces; it is an internally-driven set of decisions by the individuals empowered by the HTMs. Users see the future consequences of their own actions, weigh the pros and cons, and initiate daily behaviors based on personalized mental models of their own determination. Time travel simulations in the HTMs and apps encourage healthier lifestyles by helping consumers visualize the cumulative effect of their choices over time.


3. Artist Bio

Virgil Wong is the Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Medical Avatar LLC, a mobile health company that cuts health care costs by optimizing patient physician communication, reducing unnecessary procedures, and decreasing hospital readmission rates. As a researcher in medical cognition and intelligent technologies at Columbia University, he is studying how time travel simulations can increase engagement, motivate disease prevention, and improve chronic disease management.

As a visual artist working in medicine and technology, Professor Wong has exhibited interactive installations, films, paintings, drawings, and prints in galleries and museums around the world – including the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; and Deitch Projects in New York City. He produced and co-directed Murmur, a cardiovascular dreamscape film that premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In the previous year, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for an art and medicine exhibition called Corporeal Landscape.

In 1996, Professor Wong founded the Web & Multimedia division at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. Over 15 years, he defined the Internet strategy for both institutions based on one central principle: informed and engaged patients will help reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve outcomes. As co-chair of Weill Cornell's Clinical & Translational Research Science Center (CTSC) Cross-Institutional Web Portal Working Group, he supported researchers in their efforts to expedite delivery of new treatments for patients in need.

Since 2000, Professor Wong has also been teaching photography, film, and interactive media as an adjunct Assistant Professor in The New School's Masters in Media Studies Program. He has also served as Vice President of Interactive Media at Element Solutions, a company that creates strategic technology solutions for hospitals and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. For more information, please visit

On exhibit: October 24-December 13

Reception for the artist: November 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fact, Fiction, Life, Death-Photographs by Robert Sulkin, Hollins University Professor of Art. 

Sulkin exhibits his photographs of thought-provoking constructs he creates using found objects. The work is haunting, rich, and full of visual metaphor.

Check out Robert Sulkin's website

Paper Quilt exhibit

January 20 – February 20

“How I’ve made My Community a Better Place to Be”

Artwork of Children and Teens from the New River Valley

Reception January 23; 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s spirit of building strong communities through positive action.

Reconstituting the Vanished

February 27 – May 16

Reconstituting the Vanished

Lynda Frese and Barbara Allen

A collaborative project between artist and professor Lynda Frese (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) and professor Barbara Allen (Virginia Tech) which examines the influence of gender, memory and history in the shaping of place in Louisiana through the collage work of Frese and written word by Allen.

Reception Friday February 27; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Art Lecture Title: Illuminating Hidden Histories Through Art Presenter: Lynda Frese, Professor of Visual Arts, the Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette
February 27, 2015 at 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Old Dominion Ballroom/Squires
This current exhibition has received generous support from the following at Virginia Tech: Department of Science and Technology in Society Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series School of Visual Arts Edward S. Diggs Professorship in the Humanities Department of History Department of Geography Women and Gender Studies and Student Centers and Activities Perspective Gallery We also wish to thank the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts for supporting this research in the past

Violin player

April 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Blacksburg, Virginia  -  As part of the String Noise residency at Virginia Tech, PK Harris will perform a highly virtuosic set of Variations by Eric Lyon on a song by the Talking Heads. This performance is free, and open to the public.

Pauline Kim Harris is a Grammy-nominated artist who engages in classical to the experimental/avant-garde. Since recording John Zorn's tour de force solo violin work ” Passagen" for Tzadik in 2012, choreographer Pam Tanowitz created a duet named after the piece with Pauline playing onstage. Premiered at the Joyce Theater in 2013, it was also presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Chicago Dance Company.

As the first violinist of the Alchemy String Quartet, she completed a European tour in the "Zorn @60" concerts in London, Gent, North Sea and Warsaw, as well as at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Miller Theater and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. She is member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, OBSq, Ensemble LPR, the Wordless Music Orchestra and the "enterprising violin duo" String Noise.

As Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, she toured the US, Germany, France and Holland as well as performing with the Orion String Quartet at The Joyce Theater for the 30th Year Anniversary Celebration. She gave the southeast asian premiere of John Zorn's "Contes de Fees" with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. In September, new collaborative work with sound artist Gordon Monahan, "A Note And Its Lifetime" will premiere on the Floating Library in NYC on the Hudson River (Pier 25) aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship.

Pauline most recently performed as a soloist in the LIVE screening of “There Will Be Blood” with Jonny Greenwood and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the United Palace Theatre in New York City. She will be releasing her first feature album /SHäˈkôn/ which will highlight the Bach Chaconne and four new works inspired by the Chaconne by Spencer Topel, John King, Elizabeth Hoffman and Yoon-Ji Lee.

Written by: Eric Lyon


May 26 – May 31


Sidra Kaluszka and Shaun C. Whiteside

A mini-exhibit celebrating the wedding of artists Sidra Kaluszka and Shaun Whiteside, marrying in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.  Both award winning artists have M.F.A.’s from Radford University and create their work locally. Shaun will exhibit his non-representational acrylic paintings and ink works on paper while Sidra's work of porcelain ceramics blend practical forms with graceful and elegant decorative qualities.  In addition to her ceramic work, Sidra will exhibit watercolor paintings depicting dramatic light and texture.


June 5 – August 9


Watercolor and Weavings: A Collaborative Exhibit by Donald Sunshine and Joanna Sunshine

Reception June 5; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Impressions is a collaborative exhibit with paintings by Donald Sunshine and fiber art by Joanna Sunshine.  Donald Sunshine is a professor emeritus from Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  His recent watercolors are of Appalachia and Goodland, a threatened historic fishing village in Florida.  Joanna Sunshine is a fiber artist and creates work that show her connection to place and time.

In addition to the work of the artists there will be an interactive piece provided so that viewers may also become participants in the creation of a larger art work.  

Music by will be provided by cellists Reilly Stacy-Blackwell and Hank Skutt.

August 25-October 25, 2015

Reception: August 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Venkat Raman Singh Shyam is a contemporary Gond tribal artist who lives with his family in Bhopal, India. Venkat's beautifully crafted, brightly colored images find inspiration in the natural world. The exhibit includes Venkat's ink drawings as well as his acrylic and watercolor paintings, many of which have a story line derived from Gond tribal mythology. This solo exhibit of Venkat's work complements Radford University's exhibit:

Painted Songs & Stories: Contemporary Gond Art from India
Radford University Art Museum
September 3-October 25
Opening Reception Events: Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Covington Center for the Arts, Radford University

Both exhibits were curated by John H. Bowles, author of "Painted Songs & Stories: The Hybrid Flowerings of Contemporary Pardhan Gond Art," published in 2009 by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage).

Download Flyer

Calling all art-makers..."Make Your Mark" Biennial Student Art Show is accepting artwork for selection into the 2015 Virginia Tech student exhibition to be held at Perspective Gallery November 5, 2015 - January 9, 2016. 

Bring your excellent work to the gallery on Wednesday October 28, Thursday October 29, Friday, October 30 between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m. to be considered for the exhibit. Unaccepted work may be picked up from the gallery Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4 between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Reception for the exhibit, Thursday, November 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Light fare and refreshments served. 

  • You do not have to be majoring in the arts.
  • Any currently enrolled Virginia Tech student may submit up to 2 pieces of original work (not copied and not made from a kit.)
  • Art types accepted include: 2-D, 3-D, photography, time-based, media.
  • Work must be exhibit ready (dry, framed, or other accepted gallery display standards adhered to, time based media must be formatted to run on pc computers.)
  • No late or early entries accepted.

Submission Form (PDF | 328KB)

Path to Peace flyer

January 19 – February 27, 2016: “Path to Peace: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Children and Teen Art Exhibit” - Free and open to the public
Reception: February 21 5 - 7 p.m.

This year elementary, middle and high school students within a 50 mile radius of Virginia Tech were invited to submit art works which were to be a part of the “path to peace,” a continuous visual exploration on Martin Luther Kings’ quote, “if I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

March 4 – May 14, 2016: “Ordinary Insights” - Free and open to the public
 Tuesday March 15, 5 - 7 p.m.

This exhibition features three faculty members from Naropa University’s School of the Arts. They are Sue Hammond West, Marlow Brooks, and Robert Spellman. Virginia Tech Professor Douglas Lindner (Electrical and Computer Engineering) was introduced to these artists when he was a visiting Lenz Scholar at Naropa last year and is currently organizing aconference on contemplative education to be hosted by Virginia Tech in March. 

The design of the exhibit will be informed by and timed to coincide with this conference. For forty years Naropa University has been at the vanguard of what has come to be known as contemplative education, what a recent cover of Time magazine called the ‘mindful revolution.’ The term contemplative in the context of education is still subject to a variety of meanings; at Naropa it refers specifically to meditative practices that train the attention, especially those practices rooted in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism and how they inform any activity.

Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery Summer Exhibit
June 3 – August 6 2016
Reception Friday June 3  5 – 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Edward Bridge Kaldro will perform a classical guitar repertoire with selections from Bach, Spanish, and South American composers during the reception.

June 23, 2016 7 p.m.  A sneak preview of Marino Colmano’s newest feature film “Pipeline Fighters” @ the Perspective Gallery.


Marino Colmano's 50 Years in Pictures 

Born in Bologna, Italy, Marino Colmano moved to Blacksburg with his family during his teen years.  After attending the San Francisco Art Institute on a full scholarship, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1972 and launched into a successful career in photography and film.  Marino is the recipient of 30 International Film Festival Awards, during his professional filmmaking career in Hollywood. He has exhibited his photographs internationally, and has numerous publications, including The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone Magazine.  This exhibit focuses on his nostalgic photojournalism meeting provocative emotional content.  Marino resides in Blacksburg, VA.

Closing Reception: October 21, 2016, 6pm to 8pm

Duane Paxsonʼs sculpture exhibit titled Malelingue, literally “bad tongues” in Italian, or “accusers,” is a kind of symbolic representation of the Salem witch trials, that during the 17th century sent women of doubtful guilt to their deaths. Highly abstracted, these accusers are standing works struggling with LaStrega, the “witches,” as though pulling them apart, similar to Medieval torture. “Accusation,” the artist contends, “is very difficult to escape. No matter how you try to exonerate yourself it is almost impossible to prove your innocence.” Malelingue represents Duane Paxsonʼs work as the Southeastern College Art Conference 2015 Fellowship recipient. 

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of building strong communities through peaceful actions. We will be hosting an art exhibit created by members from our community of all ages that celebrates National Black History Month.

Artists Names: Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori

Biennial Student Art Exhibit

Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori are Virginia Tech graduate students selected to exhibit their work in this biennial event. Their curiosity-driven, unique photography highlights the excellent work of Virginia Tech students who combine creativity and technology in their art.  Jessie Mann is working towards her Ph.D. in the Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine and Health Program doing research in cognitive neuroscience .  Liz Liguori will be completing her M.F.A. in Creative Technology this May. The exhibit is part of Women’s Month events at Virginia Tech and will be highlighted as contemporary work by artists in Appalachia at the National Appalachian Studies Conference being held at Virginia Tech Squires Center March 10 – 12, 2017.

 Exhibit Dates:  March 3 – April 16, 2017

Reception for the Artists: Friday March 17, 2017  5 – 7 p.m. 

Artwork using text in various media by Virginia Tech Students in Creative Technologies and Four Design Programs studying with Professors Simone Paterson and Jeff Joiner

Exhibit Dates:  April 21 – May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: April 21 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

June 2    Opening Reception & Art Walk

The paintings in Michael Farrar’s Travelers and Other Nurdsinclude invented characters that are curious and memorable in their actions; even if what they are doing is not immediately apparent.   Farrar’s titles lead you a little further into his alternative reality where life is explored through the foibles, missteps and clever irony of the characters he paints. The often humorous and poignant subject matter offer the viewer a detour from his or her own reality in a refreshing and openly honest manner. 

Farrar has received more than sixty awards, prizes, and ribbons and is a signature member of the Virginia, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies.  He regularly exhibits at galleries, fine arts festivals and juried competitions across the country. Farrar’s work is held in national and international corporate and private collections.

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September 1 Opening Reception & Art Walk
Open Table: TBD

Along the Spice Route, curated by Paula Golden and Ann Reardon, is an exhibit of 41 wall-quilts designed and created by 41 artists interpreting a spice used in cooking today and showing something about its country of origin.  In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide education on the origins of spices and the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries.  The artists in this exhibit have interesting and varied career and educational backgrounds. Gallery programming will include an artist’s lecture, art reception, several community tables where a food sharing experience based on the spices in this exhibit are explored in a culinary setting. 

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Reception: November 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
 Program:    October 18 – 20  Noon – 5 p.m.
October 24 – 27  Noon – 5 p.m. The forest as community. 
Open gallery during creation of  exhibit for visitors to see process and ask questions.

The Forest is an exhibit which explores the subtle connections between things unseen yet which are all dependent upon each other for life.  An experience based on nuance and the powers of observation, the installation combines technology and traditional art forms to help the viewer connect to the power of fleeting moments that may occur while on forest walk. 

 Pippi Miller | Dragon's Mist | Photograph


September 1 Opening Reception & Art Walk
Open Table: TBD

Along the Spice Route, curated by Paula Golden and Ann Reardon, is an exhibit of 41 wall-quilts designed and created by 41 artists interpreting a spice used in cooking today and showing something about its country of origin.  In addition to the artistic interpretation of a spice, the goal of the exhibit is to provide education on the origins of spices and the importance of early trade routes and the connection between countries.  The artists in this exhibit have interesting and varied career and educational backgrounds. Gallery programming will include an artist’s lecture, art reception, several community tables where a food sharing experience based on the spices in this exhibit are explored in a culinary setting. 


Reception: November 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
 Program:    October 18 – 20  Noon – 5 p.m.
October 24 – 27  Noon – 5 p.m. The forest as community. 
Open gallery during creation of  exhibit for visitors to see process and ask questions.

The Forest is an exhibit which explores the subtle connections between things unseen yet which are all dependent upon each other for life.  An experience based on nuance and the powers of observation, the installation combines technology and traditional art forms to help the viewer connect to the power of fleeting moments that may occur while on forest walk. 

 Pippi Miller | Dragon's Mist | Photograph

Ray Kass: Silk and Water
Silk Collage and Mixed Media
January 16 – March 3
Reception Friday January 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

Ray Kass, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus is an internationally recognized artist whose work is influenced by the natural world.  Kass is the founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshops, an on-going collaborative experience in Appalachia where community members and students learn and work together with prominent artists such as Howard Finster, John Cage, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jiro Okura, and M.C. Richards. These unique workshops blend dialogue with art making on topics ranging from the environment to world affairs, while building concepts on what it means to be “in community.”

Exhibited at Perspective Gallery this winter are Kass’ painted collages and ocean wave series of watercolors.  The silk collages synthesize imagery of water and earth in bold compositions, which play through the veil of silk. The mixed media pieces of ocean waves capture the energy of water in the moment.  Part of a university-wide exhibition of Kass’ work, Silk and Water is part of Perspective Gallery’s semester focus on the importance of water as an irreplaceable resource.