Villa Julie Gallery


August 30, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To support the Baltimore arts community and provide a showcase at Villa Julie College for regional art and collections through a range of visual arts exhibitions, informational lectures and accompanying essays and pamphlets; to give students hands-on gallery experience, greater opportunities to exhibit work, and greater involvement in the world of arts. The 700-square-foot modern, cube-like gallery in the new academic center and theater complex opened last October.

Latest accomplishments: The gallery's inaugural season featured "Baltimore Collects: George Ciscle," a show of works by the founding director of the Contemporary Museum. Other highlights of the season included a one-person show by Baltimore artist Allyn Massey, who created an installation especially for Villa Julie, and a show of works from the American Visionary Art Museum. In addition to the exhibition series, "Art and Audience: A Symposium" was held in May. The daylong event was attended by more than 120 artists, arts administrators, critics, collectors and people interested in art.

On the horizon: Tomorrow through Oct. 2, the gallery opens its second season with "Exsul Van Helden: Photography and Film," an exhibition by faculty member Exsul Van Helden. The retrospective of photographs and film work spanning the Dutch-born artist's career includes early photojournalistic images created while he was a research sociologist in South and Central America and recent portraiture and experimental work. Also on view will be selections from Van Helden's documentary filmmaking. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the gallery. Also opening tomorrow and running through Oct. 2: a show of selected work by VJC faculty members.

About the gallery: Attendance: 5,000 during the first season. Operating budget: $32,375.

Where and when: 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-486-7000.

Peter Bruun, chairman of the advisory board: "In a single year, Villa Julie College traveled from having virtually no exhibitions program to having a strong regional reputation for outstanding exhibitions. In addition, with the establishment of what is likely to be an annual symposium for arts organizations, the college has taken on a leadership role in promoting the visual arts for the greater Baltimore area."

Members of the advisory board

Fran Brady

Brenda J. Cook

Rose Dawson

Carolyn Finney

Nancy Haragan

Carolyn Manuszak

Debra Rubino

Michael Scher

Jenny Strasbaugh

Florian Svitak

Orsia Young

Steve Ziger

Pub Date: 8/30/98

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