Creative Work by Mary Baldwin University Studio Art Faculty on Display

November 9, 2004

3 x 3: Recent Work by Mary Baldwin Studio Art Faculty features the creative work and recent paintings by Shay Clanton, Anne Hanger, and Paul Ryan. The exhibition will be featured in the Hunt Gallery in the Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, November 8 – December 3.

Paul Ryan, associate professor of art, is in his 13th year at Mary Baldwin, where he teaches all levels of drawing and painting, as well as seminars in art criticism and contemporary art. He holds a B.A. in English from Principia College and a M.F.A. in painting from The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He says the following about his paintings that will be on view: “The subject matter of these paintings is the negative shapes and outer spaces found between and around limbs and torsos appropriated from commercial advertising and fashion layouts. I am exploring ideas in contemporary cultural/social theory that deal with the body and the self as a construct.”

Shay Clanton, adjunct assistant professor of art, teaches courses in drawing, painting, and watercolor in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin. She received a B.A. in art from Mary Baldwin and a M.F.A. in painting from James Madison University. Regarding the new paintings she will be exhibiting, Clanton says: “I am also working on a series of watercolors and larger oils of great North Mountain, the familiar presence that forms the east side of the narrow valley where I live. I do not consider the small watercolors [in the exhibition] as finished paintings, but as parts of an ongoing process of focus and observation.”

Anne Hanger is a visiting professor of art, and she teaches all levels of graphic design at Mary Baldwin. She received her B.F.A. in graphic design and her M.F.A. in printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She says the following about a new series of small collages that will be included in the exhibition: “This series of intimate works, fashioned from the fragments of discarded watercolor paintings, while highly abstracted, refer both to my inner spiritual world and to the larger community to which I now belong”

A reception will be held Monday, November 8, 4:30-6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.