Above, Beyond, and Through at Mary Baldwin

September 22, 2005

An exhibition of recent paintings by artist Jennifer Collins will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery October 3-28.

WithAbove, Beyond, and Through, Collins inspires the viewer to literally take a second and closer look at what seems a familiar, everyday scene. In these paintings she explores the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm, forcing our attention to the minute pieces that make up the world around us. For her, “there is as much to learn from a small stone picked up out of a stream, or a single leaf held in the hand as there is from the vastness of the starry sky.” Through this series of paintings Collins introduces us to her eternity which she sees right here all around us in the present.

Since 1991 Collins has been in over 50 exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Her work has been shown in galleries and art centers in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, and Washington, and Poland. Collins is a resident of Radford, Virginia, and is currently an assistant professor of art at Radford University. Previously she worked as an art instructor and educator at the Art Museum of Western Virginia among others. Collins holds a BFA in studio art from Michigan’s Calvin College and she earned an MFA in painting at Radford University.

A reception in honor of the artist will be held Monday, October 3 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.-5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.