University Calendar

Oct
25
Wed
All But Ordinary Exhibition @ duPont Gallery Tickets
Oct 25 – Dec 3 all-day
All But Ordinary Exhibition @ duPont Gallery | Fredericksburg | Virginia | United States

Travis Childers was born in Nashville, TN and basically grew up out in the country, an experience that later had much influence on his work. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA from Austin Peay State University. He has shown widely both nationally and internationally in such venues as Benrimon Gallery and RARE Gallery in New York City and locally at the Curator’s Office and Katzen Art Museum.

Childers says about his work:

“I’ve always used my art as a way to try to understand the world around me, as well as to confront the things that keep me up at night. Over the years I’ve explored a variety of subjects ranging from political issues to the states of our bodies. And although I still explore a variety of issues, lately I’ve been drawn to environmental concerns and our relationship with nature. It always amazes me how human beings are a part of the natural world but also seem so very far from it. It’s a subject that’s very close to my heart since I grew up out in the country on a farm in Tennessee. This experience when I was young instilled in me an incredible respect not only for the beauty of nature but also the inter-workings of it, even if those inter-workings can seem cruel at times. It worries me the detrimental effect we have had on the natural world, and not just the usual suspects, such as big company polluters but each of us as individuals. Our everyday lives and gestures impact nature greatly: what we choose to eat, drive, our jobs and the simple materials we use every day to complete the endless task required of us to maintain our society. All these thoughts and concerns have led my sculptural processes to focus on a series of work that use everyday materials to remind of us our connection and impact to nature.

One example of this is the pieces called Stumps. With this piece I took number two pencils and made them into tree stumps, referencing the action that required a tree to eventually become a pencil. The tree as a pencil is further decimated by the user sharpening to use. The simple gestures we do to use nature to our own will and make it a disposable commodity.

There is a humorous and absurd approach I like to use when producing my work. I like the absurd and unexpected juxtapositions of materials and forms. It might be because I see so much of the world as absurd and I’m always questioning the things I see around me. My inspiration comes from office supply stores and grocery stores instead of art supply stores, and the mundane activities of our lives. Unfortunately for most of us, the mundane is what dictates our everyday existence, and I find endless inspiration in that.”

Karen Fitzgerald is an artist based in Alexandria, Virginia who exhibits frequently throughout the US. In 2016, she was selected to take part in the Artists Studios US residency program, along with being awarded Sotheby’s Open-Call Artist Prize from the Athenaeum. Fitzgerald’s work was also chosen for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Purdue Galleries and profiled in “40 Years of Art and Community,” highlighting associate artists at the Torpedo Factory, where her most recent public art project, For We Rise Against the Wind, will be on view until January 29, 2018.

Fitzgerald says about her work:

“I create art out of common, everyday things. From discarded clothing to junk mail, I’m motivated by the context of a material— its original purpose and place in our lives as well as the many hands and ideas involved in its creation. I “make paint” by breaking these materials down, seeking out color and shape, and putting them back together again in ways that celebrate what we value and why it matters. It’s sustainable in practice but, more importantly, fueled by a fascination of the elements we most cherish and wish to preserve in ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

I started out studying physics and wanting to become a professor. After teaching high school math and science in a slum outside Nairobi, Kenya, I returned to the States knowing that the knowledge I shared in my classes had very little to do with the aspects of my students’ lives I cared about most–poverty, health, and their general quality of life. I decided to finish my degree in writing, believing it the best means of making a difference, but words, like formulas and equations, didn’t help me understand these things better or participate in the kind of meaningful conversations I craved.

While I made art of all kinds growing up, it became much more than play when I started working with recycled materials. What does our stuff say about us and the ways we move around in the world? How do we decide what, even who (i.e., my African students), is important and gets our attention? My passion involves playing with things others throw away and making art that asks more questions than it answers. I found my means of participating in a dialogue that connects us all.”

Oct
26
Thu
Light Works: A Century of Photography Exhibition @ Ridderhof Martin Gallery Tickets
Oct 26 – Dec 3 all-day
Light Works: A Century of Photography Exhibition @ Ridderhof Martin Gallery | Fredericksburg | Virginia | United States

From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 – 2000.

The Ridderhof Martin Gallery is free and open to the public Tues-Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm

Nov
24
Fri
Home for the Holidays @ Gari Melchers Home and Studio Tickets
Nov 24 2017 – Jan 5 2018 all-day
Home for the Holidays @ Gari Melchers Home and Studio | Falmouth | Virginia | United States

The House and Studio will be decorated for the season in the tasteful and natural style of its artist homeowners, Gari and Corinne Melchers. Cost: included with museum admission.

Nov
26
Sun
Guided Woodland Hikes @ Gari Melchers Home and Studio Tickets
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm

Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Nov
27
Mon
Hamish Brewer, ‘The Relentless Principal’ @ Chandler Ballroom Tickets
Nov 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

An evening with award-winning principal Hamish Brewer whose unorthodox leadership approach helped earn Occoquan Elementary School national  recognition as a Distinguished Title 1 School. Brewer, in his first year at Fred Lynn Middle School, is tasked with spearheading the same transformation he led in Occoquan. His video “The Relentless Principal” has generated more than 24 million views. The lecture is hosted by UMW’s College of Education.

 

 

Nov
30
Thu
Respeta Mi Idioma, by Dr. Mary Bucholtz @ Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium Tickets
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Respeta Mi Idioma, by Dr. Mary Bucholtz @ Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium

Dr. Mary Bucholtz, Department of Linguistics at the University of California Santa Barbara, will present the lecture “Respeta Mi Idioma” as part of the Christina Kakavá Linguistics Speaker Series.

Youth who speak socio-politically subordinated linguistic varieties regularly face the devaluation of their language in the classroom and the wider society, despite the considerable linguistic and cultural expertise they bring to school from their families, peer groups, and local communities. This talk charts how a combined research and community partnership program in California addresses these problems by promoting sociolinguistic justice and preparing primarily low-income Latina/o high school students for college by guiding them to undertake original research and activist projects on language, identity, and power in their lives. Ultimately, the goal of this program is not to “empower” youth but to recognize their already considerable agency to challenge sociolinguistic injustice

Dec
1
Fri
A Monroe Christmas Open House @ James Monroe Museum Tickets
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Monroe Christmas Open House @ James Monroe Museum | Fredericksburg | Virginia | United States

A holiday Open House featuring James Monroe, with seasonal music played on the harp and the Monroe family Astor pianoforte, and a reception with holiday beverages and treats. Museum Store holiday specials!

Dec
7
Thu
CBRN Survivability in the 21st Century @ Dahlgren Campus Tickets
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
CBRN Survivability in the 21st Century @ Dahlgren Campus | King George | Virginia | United States

Following the end of the Cold War, U.S. interest in chemical, biological, radiological, and other nuclear (CBRN) weapons issues waned. The ability of forces to operate in a chemically contaminated environment gained traction during the first Gulf War when the threats of CBR contamination in Iraq loomed. However, after the Gulf War, surviving effects like the electromagnetic pulse created by a nuclear detonation became subordinate to other program or cost-savings goals.

In the 21st century context, with a renewed focus on deterring weapons of mass destruction, the Department of Defense is working to build and maintain a force that can survive and operate in CBRN environments. This lecture will explain the essential components of CBRN survivability, their importance to deterrence, and the steps that the Department is pursuing to strengthen the survivability of its forces.

Dec
8
Fri
Holiday Pops: The Irish Tenors @ Dodd Auditorium Tickets
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
Holiday Pops: The Irish Tenors @ Dodd Auditorium

Come get in the Holiday Spirit with the Philharmonic Orchestra as they feature The Irish Tenors!
Friends tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 30
General public sales begin Monday, Nov. 6

Dec
31
Sun
Guided Woodland Hikes @ Gari Melchers Home and Studio Tickets
Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm

Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.