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Charlottesville is home to a vibrant and well-established arts scene teeming with galleries and museums that spotlight a number of local artists. Not to mention, it is common to walk downtown and come across artists live-painting or even selling prints of their work. Whether you are new to the University and have yet to explore the various museums and galleries or you are a returning student and are curious about the artists here in Charlottesville, take time this semester to immerse yourself in the local art scene. As you do, consider the ways you can show your support for and give back to the artists that continuously educate, enlighten and beautify Charlottesville! If you aren’t sure where to start, here are several ways you can support local artists both with and without spending.
Charlottesville cartoonist Laura Lee Gulledge never really considered herself a portrait artist until she was inspired to paint a large-scale portrait of George Floyd for a Black Lives Matter march to the Rotunda in June 2020.
The words “horror movie” and “therapy” are not usually found in the same sentence. In fact, horror movies are probably not the first tool people think of when it comes to coping with real-world trauma and anxiety. Especially after enduring a particularly heavy year burdened by violence, death and uncertainty, watching a film that regurgitates those same distressing themes seems off-putting at best. However, a peculiar phenomenon suggests that confronting fears head-on through horror movies — even if you are watching through splayed fingers — may actually be therapeutic and improve fear-response.
A lot has changed since U.Va. Arts launched their Inside U.Va. Arts webinar back in May. New COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the United States, and there was great uncertainty about what college — l et alone art programs — would look like during the upcoming school year.
Get scared this Halloween with a specially curated horror movie marathon. This list will take you from spooky classics to blood-curdling modern films — a perfect blend of slasher, splatter, psychological, supernatural and indie horror.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
On Aug. 26, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University re-opened its doors to visitors after closing March 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Kluge-Ruhe is displaying two exhibitions which are available to visit by reservation only.
U.Va. Arts launched the first of its monthly webinars, "Inside U.Va. Arts,” May 13 — set to offer a behind the scenes look at the arts at the University. Panel speakers Carmen Higginbotham, chair of the McIntire Department of Art and associate professor of Art; Jenny Wales, director of the Heritage Theatre Festival and associate professor of Drama; and Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller family director at The Fralin Museum of Art joined Jody Kielbasa, the vice provost for the Arts and Director of the Virginia Film Festival, in an open dialogue about how they have sought out creative solutions and transformed their respective programs and departments in order to be accessible during quarantine.
While the spread of COVID-19 has forced the space to temporarily close its doors, IX Art Park — a non-profit immersive art space located in Downtown Charlottesville — is continuing to share art and inspire creativity with a slew of virtual programs. Featuring an outdoor art park adorned with colorful murals and two whimsical indoor interactive art spaces, the magic of IX Art Park brings the Charlottesville community together to celebrate and engage directly with art of all kinds. During the year, IX Art Park offers a number of events for Charlottesville residents such as art and nature camps, free concerts, Winter farmer’s markets, weekly salsa dancing and silent discos.
We first met Humbert Humbert in 1955.
Dancing bodies in “Soundsuits” graced the walls of the Ruffin Gallery during the Feb. 28 opening of “Spot On” — a video-performance art exhibit by artist-in-residence Nick Cave, hosted by the McIntire Department of Art. University students and faculty gathered in the space to view the captivating performance videos on display — titled “Blot,” “Gestalt” and “Bunny Boy.”
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s one-room gallery — nestled behind the Belmont Bridge — was packed with students and Charlottesville community members Feb. 21 for the Telemetry: TechnoSonics XX show. Every month, The Bridge hosts Telemetry — a music program that occurs with the support of the McIntire music department and U.Va. Arts. This weekend marked a special installment — one which combined the work of Telemetry artists and the TechnoSonics XX show.