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.
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.
Art Reach is Perspective Gallery’s community outreach program which provides visual arts experiences to students and experiential learning opportunities to our gallery assistants and interns.
Pop Up Events support Art Reach by providing supplies and spontaneous creative events around campus and the surrounding community.
Lauren Cooper's Medicine Show
Lauren Cooper received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1983 with a major in painting and a minor in drawing. After graduation, her life took a turn toward the practical and she earned a living working jobs as a cook, bread baker, groomer on an Arabian horse farm and an organic gardener. Her visual art has been influenced by these formative experiences, including early explorations with psychotropic plants which deepened her connection to the natural and supernatural world and led to the creation of art with an animistic point of view.
In 1991 Lauren and her husband Andrew, moved to an old chestnut log home in Blacksburg, Virginia and started a certified organic vegetable and medicinal herb farm. Their business, Greenstar Farm and Apothecary, has become a fixture and a successful model at the Blacksburg Famers Market. Lauren is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalist’s Guild who provides consultations and plant medicines to her community.
Lauren states, “My work as an artist and as an herbalist remain intimately connected, with healing being the goal.” Medicine Show seeks to highlight the visual arts blending seamlessly into a daily living pattern; one where the artist’s life is inextricable from the art forms created.