BLACKSBURG, Va., June 11, 2012 – Two x Two, a collection of works by Virginia Tech faculty members Janet Niewald and David Crane, will be on display in the Perspective Gallery in Squires Student Center through Aug. 11.
A reception for the artists will be held Friday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
Niewald’s oil painting and Crane’s stoneware pottery have both been exhibited on the national level. Most recently, Niewald had a one-person show at the McCarthy Gallery at Washington and Lee University. She was chosen for a competition at First Street Gallery and the 185th Invitational of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy of Design, both in New York. Niewald was also featured in the Taubman Museum of Art’s Nature in the Non-Objective Realm exhibit as well as at the Roanoke WVTF radio station gallery, where she exhibited still-life paintings alongside the local artists’ collective 16Hands.
Last year, Crane’s work was featured in a one-person show at Concord University in West Virginia. He has also participated in group shows at the Trax Gallery in Berkley, Calif.; the Akar Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa; the American Pottery Festival at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis; and the Santa Fe Clay Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. He is also a founding member of the 16Hands group.
Crane and Niewald have both been faculty members of the university’s School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies since 1980. Both are recipients of the college’s Career Achievement Award. Despite this connection, their works are rarely exhibited together. Two x Two will offer the community a chance to view both artists’ individual works as well as their pottery collaborations in one exhibit.
The Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor of Squires Student Center. Visit the gallery’s website for hours of operation.
With a visitor’s pass, parking is available for Squires Student Center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours.
After 5 p.m., free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.
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