VCU Professor Displays Ceramics at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

September 27, 1999

Woven White, an installation of adobe woven forms by Virginia artist Rebecca Hutchinson, will be on display in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from October 4 – 29. An opening reception will be held for the artist on Monday, October 4, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

The objects in the exhibition are woven with a porcelain slip and incorporate various fibrous materials and discarded industrial materials. Hutchinson’s work is concerned with the investigation of space as well as issues linked to the aesthetic object. She is interested in the ways physical form can be incorporated and functions in a designated space.

“The adobe basket forms range in size from 18-24 inches wide by 80-160 inches long,” said Hutchinson. “They are made very much like coil building. Using collected fibrous materials combined with clay, the forms are woven on traditional wrap structures that hang from the ceiling. Two to four inches can be woven in an hour; and as segments begin to dry, they leave what resembles growth rings in the walls of the vessel.”

Hutchinson earned a B.A. from Berea College in 1984 and an M.F.A in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in 1987. She is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Crafts Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her work has been shown both regionally and nationally, including the Paris Gibson Museum of Art in Great Falls, MT; the University of Washington; Winthrop Gallery at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC; and Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC, among other venues. She was a recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Art’s Individual Artist Fellowship in 1998.

Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally-recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the College’s academic year. For more information please contact Paul Ryan, associate professor of art, at (540) 887-7196.