Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Visual Arts Department will open its latest gallery exhibition with a catered reception on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the PVCC Gallery, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the college’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.
The exhibition will feature “Skyward,” a solo show by Charlottesville-based artist John Grant in the North Gallery and “Look Out: A Collection of Community Portraits,” a group show with works by a diverse roster of local photographers in the South Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through April 3.
Grant’s background in graphic design and photographic illustration informs the images of richly detailed, color-drenched flowers set against clouds and sky in “Skyward.” With the combination of two simple and uplifting visual metaphors, Grant’s intent is to create an immersive experience–something the artist calls “a bit of a psychic oasis.”
Grant is widely known for his dramatic botanical imagery. He recently placed in two categories of London’s Kew Gardens International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and his works are found in many major public collections including the National Institute of Health, the Federal Reserve Board, the permanent collection of Capital One bank, and many other private collections both nationally and internationally.
“Look Out: A Collection of Community Portraits” features images of Charlottesville residents by artists Ézé Amos, Aaron Farrington, Jae Johnson, Greg Antrim Kelly, Jesús Pino, Sanjay Suchak, and Guillermo Ubilla. Artist and educator Stacey Evans curated the exhibition as a celebration of the similarities and differences between not only the people depicted in the works but also the differing approach of each artist. “How the image-maker operates the camera influences the way we experience each portrait,” said Evans.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of 501 College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building and the facility is wheelchair accessible.
For more information about PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance season, visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts online, email email@example.com or call 434.961.5376.