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
Brenda J. Cook
Pub Date: 8/30/98