VCU Professor Emeritus Displays Art at Hunt Gallery

November 1, 1999

An exhibition titled Citings 1996-1999: Recent Drawings by Richard Carlyon will be on display in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from November 8 through December 3. An opening reception will be held for the artist on Monday, November 8, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

A multi-media artist, Richard Carlyon is best known for his minimalist gray painting, his recent investigations in video, and his work with collage. The recent drawings on view in Hunt Gallery are pigmented ink on parchment, and they reflect his interest in randomness, improvisation, and seeing, and are linked to the ideas of John Cage and the early work of Ellsworth Kelly. Of this work Carlyon says, “The ordinary is not ordinary. The obvious is not obvious. There is so much to see for the first time.”

Carlyon, a highly respected artist who has gained national recognition for his creative work and ability as a teacher, is a professor emeritus of the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received many awards and honors including two professional fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the 1993 “Distinguished Teaching of Art Award” from the College Art Association of America (CAA).

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions both regionally and nationally, including venues such as 1708 Gallery in Richmond, The Anderson Gallery at VCU, The Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C., Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and The Fleischmann Gallery in New York City.

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.