Christopher French Exhibit to Visit Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

February 28, 2001

Christopher Fench’s Oughts and Noughts: Paintings and Painted Photographs will be on view in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from March 12 to 30. The opening reception will be held Monday, March 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

French’s work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions around the world and the country. He has also been awarded a fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and one from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, he was in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. His works have been written about in numerous publications, including The Science, The New York Times, Tema Celeste, The Los Angeles Times, and Art Papers Magazine.

French is best known for his abstract paintings that incorporate texts written in Braille to structure the visual and tactile tension between looking and touching, comprehension and intuition, and for recently incorporating photography to equate the sensibilities of touch with the immediacy and visual acuity in his paintings.

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 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.