Retired Art Professor to Show New Paintings at Hunt Gallery

January 4, 2010

An exhibition of recent work by artist Anne Hanger entitled Pieceworks will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from January 18-February 12, 2010.

Hanger, a resident of Staunton for the past seven years, has a wealth of experience in academia. She taught graphic design in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin from 2002 to 2009, and prior to this she taught art full-time at the University of New Orleans, Auburn University, and Mississippi State University. Hanger received both a BFA and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Since 1982 she has consistently exhibited her work in both solo and group shows at a variety of venues, including the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, the Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, MS), the Florida State University Museum and Art Gallery (Tallahassee, FL), and the Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield, MO), among many others.

Hanger will be showing a new series of abstract paintings for this exhibition. In recent years she has employed the computer in her painting practice where abstract color and shape relationships play a major role. She states: “I use the compositions created in play on the computer as ‘sketches’ for works on canvas. The computer allows me to not just combine elements but to layer them and to explore multiple variations of compositions created with similarly shaped elements, rather like traditional quilting. I love discovering unexpected juxtapositions when rearranging and recoloring the elements.”

A reception will be held for the artist on Monday, January 18, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. 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 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the College’s academic year. Visit the Hunt Gallery web site at: