From August 28 through September 22, 2017, the exhibition Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Colleen Pendry will be on view at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Pendry has been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley since 1986. In 2009, she graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a bachelor’s degree in art, concentrating in painting. During her time at Mary Baldwin, she received the Ulysses Desportes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art and Top Honors in Visual Arts/Media at MBU’s Capstone Festival. In 2012, she received an MFA in painting from James Madison University (JMU). While attending JMU, Pendry earned two study abroad awards to continue her exploration with art in El Salvador.
Pendry was awarded the distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award from the Virginia Museum in Fine Art, and her artwork has been published in Studio Visit Magazine and ArtVoices magazine. Pendry’s most recent work has been selected for publication in the winter 2017 issue of Studio Visit Magazine. She has shown extensively in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Ohio. Her work is included in collections at Mary Baldwin University and Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC).
She is an adjunct professor of studio art at MBU where she teaches two-dimensional design and foundations in color and drawing and at BRCC where she teaches drawing, two and three-dimensional design, drawing, and art history and appreciation.
Colleen writes the following about her current exhibition: “My work can be described as an intellectual layering by way of circumstance. Captured on shelves and in pristine plastic boxes familiar objects appear tangible yet illusive. Juxtaposed with the silhouette, memory becomes a source of meaning, albeit complicated and skewed. This circumstantial evidence, left to its own devices, has the potential to elicit from viewers the unexpected.”
A reception will be held for the artist from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on September 4 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2017–18 academic year can be found online.