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Past Shows

Beyond the Veil: New Work by Domenica Arcuri Webb, May 21st-July 3rd, 2011

My First Holy Communion Veil, 2009, Cyanotype, Pearl Pins

Domenica Arcuri Webb's heritage is a fundamental contributor to her work. With "Beyond the Veil" she gives visual form to her grandmother's memory, recognizing and honoring her influence.  Examining the lineage from mother to daughter where ritual and traditions were passed down from generation to generation, her images build a narrative about heritage highlighted by personal possessions. These possessions serve as metaphors for women and memories.

"My maternal grandmother, Antoinette Leone, acquired superb skills in fine hand sewing, and proudly passed her knowledge on to her daughters and granddaughters. She introduced me to tatting and lace making, crewelwork, bargello, trabunto, cutwork, needlepoint and embroidery. I ultimately realized that they were not merely skills for sewing, but avenues to problem solving, patience, craftsmanship, and ways of manipulating tools to produce articles by hand." -- Domenica Arcuri Webb

Annual Student Juried Exhibition, April 16th-May 15th, 2011

This annual student exhibition features art works selected by Heather Russell, owner and director of Russell/Projects, from works submitted by students for ODU Art Department's scholarship awards competition.

The Big Print Show, February 26th-April 3rd, 2011

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Organized by ODU's own Clay McGlamory, this show is dedicated to artists working with extremely large prints. The show includes work by Mike Houston and Martin Mazorra of Cannonball Press and Dennis McNett of Howling Print Studio, both from Brooklyn, and Sean Star Wars from St. Louis. All four artists work prolifically with relief prints, primarily woodcuts. Many of their prints are large, in some cases up to 24 feet wide. Some works included in the show involve collaged installations and three dimensional constructions. The works represented in The Big Print Show are a sampling of current works from these four artists. They are a small example of a few large works that indicate one of the most powerful directions in contemporary printmaking.

Magic Dirt, January 15th-February 20th, 2011

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This national exhibition, juried by Juan Granados and Richard Nickel, is designed to showcase innovative contemporary ceramics sculpture and functional  orms.

The jurors for Magic Dirt were intrigued and impressed with the artists who entered the show.  They proceeded to jointly and individually select pieces for the exhibit that met both our individual and shared criteria. "We wanted works that spoke eloquently about the artists' abilities to communicate their artistic visions and statements through the use of ceramics and in some cases mixed media. Ultimately we chose artworks that were impressive examples of artists communicating with visual interplay in media, commentary, social and political awareness, humor, and a range of aesthetic exploration. Overall, we believe the exhibition presents wonderful and excellent examples of personal artistic narratives in ceramics."