Paintings and Collages by Waynesboro Artist on Display at Mary Baldwin

January 3, 2005

An exhibition of recent paintings and collages by artist Joe Sheridan will be on view at Mary Baldwin University.

Sheridan is the chief curator for the Morvan Estate, where he is responsible for the management and curation of John Kluge’s celebrated international collection of art objects from a diverse range of artistic periods and cultures. He also teaches studio art, having been an adjunct instructor at Mary Baldwin University, James Madison University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. In addition to his work as a painter, Sheridan is well known in the region for his work as a craftsman of rustic furniture. His work has been shown, among many group and solo exhibitions, at the Sawhill Gallery at James Madison University, Cudahy’s Gallery in Richmond, The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, UVA Medical Center, and the Artisan Center of Virginia.

The paintings and collages in the current exhibition, January 10-28, reflect his interest in the choices that human beings make in gathering and interpreting visual information. Rather than dealing with specific subject matter, Sheridan layers such visual elements as line, shape, pattern, and color in order to explore the relationship between simplicity and complexity, and between pure beauty and visual data. He refers to the American writer Mark Twain’s visual communication with the Mississippi River, which deepened over the years from a simple perception of the river’s beauty to a more complex ability to see its current, depth, and speed. Similarly, Sheridan wants the viewer of his work “to dig through the different layers of information in order to discern that which he or she finds important or pleasing.”

A reception will be held Monday, January 10, at 4:30 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.