Visiting Artist Lecture: Helen Lee

Visiting Artist Lecture: Helen Lee

Wednesday, November 3rd @ 12:30pm in the Bowe Street Bldg, Room 535

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower based in Oakland, California. She holds an MFA in Glass from RISD and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT. She has taught in the Sculpture Department at California College of Art, and at the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at Headlands and the Glassblower-in-Residence at Palo Alto High School. She also works as a freelance graphic designer, most recently for Celery Design Collaborative in Berkeley, CA. Helen Lee’s website:


Remembering Richard Carlyon

There are only one-and-a-half weeks left to catch Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective here at the Anderson Gallery. It’s been pretty mind blowing talking to people who knew, and were inspired by, Mr. Carlyon. So, I thought today that I would share my story:

I was maybe 19 or 20, a very shy intern from the Art History department, working at an Anderson Gallery function. Everybody was there: most of the deans from the School of the Arts, my professors, people I recognized as the people-to-know. It was pretty intimidating. So, I stood by the door, trying to blend in with the walls.

No one really saw me standing there, but as I looked around, I happened to see an older gentleman in black with a shock of white hair. As soon as he saw me look up, he walked straight over to me and said: who are you? I don’t know you, but I should. Tell me who you are.

All of a sudden, I am in conversation with this stranger. He was talking to me like I had something very important to say. Me! It was very empowering and affectedly me greatly. I never forgot that encounter. It wasn’t until much later that someone mentioned that they had seen me talking to Richard Carlyon that evening.

I was never able to take his classes or even hear him speak to an audience. I never heard a lecture, just people recounting the things he said and did. I try to imagine what his classes were like. And now that I teach, it makes it all the more clear to me that every student needs to feel like he or she has something important to say. And that having a teacher that instills that feeling can make a huge difference.

I hope that you can stop by and see the show, and if you have a story to tell, you can always e-mail us:

The Gallery Coordinator goes to New York

This past weekend, I finally had time, with the help of VCU’s reading days, to get to New York again. First time this year…it’s been too long. Aside from the craziness that is MOMA Free Fridays (sponsored by Target), it was a great trip.
So, that means I have a few things to report on:
1. Get thee to Barry Friedman, Ltd. on W. 26th Street. Akio Takamori. So, so good. The show, “Alice/Venus,” includes about a dozen of Takamori’s beautiful stoneware figurative pieces.
2. Even thought weather was cold and dreary, my group walked the Highline. Inspired bit of public space! It was a bit to cold to enjoy the chaises on rail car wheels, but the scenery was lovely.
3. The cold and dreary-ness (see #2) made for good hot chocolate/hot tea drinking. We popped by the Roebling Tea Company in Brooklyn for the Moon Pie (think cocoa and mint- yum!).
4. I have it on good authority (read: from A. Kistler, director of the Anderson Gallery) that Sally Mann’s show at Gagosian uptown is splendid and powerful.
5. William Blake AND Maurice Sendak at the Morgan Library. Need I say more.
6. Spotted Chris Carroll, former Gallery employee, and Ryan McLennan, who has a show up now at Joshua Liner, in Chelsea.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Fred Fenster

Visiting Artist Lecture: Fred Fenster

Thursday, October 22nd @ 11:00am in the Fine Arts Building, Room 238

Fred Fenster was born in the Bronx N.Y in 1934. He received his B.S. in Ed. from C.C.N.Y in 1956 and taught in the New York City public school system for one and a half years. He received an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art on 1960. In 1962 he was hired as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to teach design, jewelry and craft classes in the Art department.

He Has Taught jewelry and metalsmithing classes as well as giving workshops in pewetersmithing and jewelry techniques at such school as Penland, Haystack, Peter’s Valley, and Arrowmont.

His work is in numerous private and public collections such as Milwaulkee Art Museum, the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian, the Detroit Art Institute, Yale University, art Museum, the Skirball Museum of Judaica in Cincinatti, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, among others.

He was elected o Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1995.
He received the third Hans Christensen Memorial Silversmithing award in 2002.

Fred Fenster continues a full time teaching commitment at the University of Wisconsin as well as jewelry making.

Christ and “Bodily Things”: The Case of the Seventeenth-Century “Lesbian Nun”

Visiting Lecture Series in Art History
Dr. Patricia Simons, Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Michigan will present a public lecture Brides of Christ and “Bodily Things”: The Case of the Seventeenth-Century “Lesbian Nun” part of the department’s Visiting Lecture Series

Monday, October 19th
4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St, Richmond, VA

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information: 804.828.2784

Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall

Hayes/Sall Exhibition in Kansas City
Married alumni of the Department of Painting & Printmaking, painter Eric Sall and sculptor Rachel Hayes are going big at Kansas City gallery, Dolphin with large-scale artworks in separate exhibits.

Eric Sall: Isolated Incidents and Rachel Hayes: Ice Cold Daydream continue at Dolphin, 1600 Liberty St., through Nov. 7. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, 816-842-4415 or www.thedolphin

Matthew Damian Ritchie

Matthew Damian Ritchie Exhibits

Matthew Damian Ritchie, alumnus of both of the Department of Painting & Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media, is taking over Richmond this month with three concurrent exhibitions around town.

Like Water Yoga Studio
October 2nd – November 4th

Lift Coffee Shop
“Dangerously Cute”
October 2nd – November 4th

Cafe Gutenberg
“The Rise and Fall of Iron Town”
Opening October 7th, 7pm