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LCVA to hold opening reception for Present Continuous

The LCVA will hold an opening reception for Present Continuous: Longwood University Department of Theatre, Art and Graphic & Animation Design (TAGAD) Faculty Exhibition Aug. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Like their colleagues in other academic disciplines at Longwood University, art department faculty members teach full course loads throughout the academic year and conduct research in their areas of specialty. For the art department that means delving into the process of creating works of art aesthetically and technically. As they instill in (and insist from) their own students, their work is grounded in exceptional craftsmanship and use of materials which support the meaning and intent of their work. The range of service to Longwood and experience in the field of art is great; all have a deeply felt commitment to their professions as educators and artists. This year’s participants include Mark Baldridge, Brian Barr, Angela Bubash, Kathleen Calhoun, Andy Campbell, Leslie Cook- Day, Keith Cummings, Kerri Cushman, Randy Edmonson, Alex Grabiec, Lisa Johnson, Michael Mergen, Kelly Nelson, Adam Paulek, Chris Register, Lauren Rice, Homer Springer and Jay Zuberi.

The Longwood University TAGAD faculty participating in this exhibition have been, or are, working artists in their own right. This exhibition gives its peers and community the opportunity to see current work from talented and dedicated artist educators. More importantly, it allows students to see firsthand the theories and practices they hear in the classroom. “I remember as a student, seeing the work of faculty who taught me was one of the most valuable experiences of my college career,” said Chris Register, professor of Graphic Design and Department Chair.

This exhibition highlights the innovation found in Longwood University’s Department of Theatre, Art and Graphic & Animation Design faculty. In addition to teaching, all of the faculty engage in the contemporary discourse within their respective fields. The collective connection to craft, rigor and material reflects the wide range of practices and inquiry found within graphic and animation design, visual and the performing arts.

Present Continuous is on view Aug. 31–Oct. 20.