Exhibitions and Programs

EXHIBITIONS 2015-2016

      PANNELL GALLERY 

     Made Possible by The Friends of Art: Building a College Collection
     opens September 14; on view through December 11

    
For a PDF of the annotated checlist click here.

     For a PDF of the exhibition introduction click here.

    
Please note that no opening reception is planned for this
     exhibition.

     Reception for the Sweet Briar community, friends, neighbors and College
     supporters Friday, October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     This exhibition will feature about 50 works— paintings, prints, and
     photographs — acquired through the generosity and leadership of
                                                       The Friends of Art of Sweet Briar College from 1937 to 2015.
                                                       The mission of this philanthropic group of alumnae and college supporters is
                                                       to foster the study of the visual arts on campus. The artworks purchased
                                                       through its membership funds have formed the core of the Sweet Briar
                                                       College art collection for nearly 80 years and its leaders' exemplary service
                                                       as stewards of this vital teaching resource have spurred the collection's
                                                       growth through additional individual gifts. 

                                                       image: William Glackens (1870-1938), Daisies and Anemones, ca. 1930, oil
                                                       on canvas, 24 1/2 x 20 in. First purchase made possible by The Friends of Art
                                                       of Sweet Briar College, 1937.

 

     Art for the People: Propaganda and Public Service
     opens January 25; on view through April 29
    
    
Staged reading of the play 57 Hours in the House of Culture,
     by Dwayne Yancey
     Saturday, March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pannell Gallery
     All are welcome. No reservations or tickets required.
     Free admission. Please note that this may not be suitable for
     young audiences. Discretion is advised.
     For information about the playwright see dwayneyancey.com.

     Screening of the 1927 silent film October: Ten Days that Shook
     the World
, by Sergei Eisenstein.
                                                                       Friday, April 8, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Pannell Gallery
                                                                       All are welcome. No reservations or tickets required.
                                                                       Free admission.
                                                                       Beginning at 7:00, before the film is screened at 7:30, the Sweet Briar
                                                                       Chamber Orchestra String Quartet, under the direction of Asst.
                                                                       Professor of Music Jeffrey Jones, will perform Shostakovich's
                                                                       First String Quartet.

                                                                      
image: Konstantin Eliozev, Chto Dal Oktiabr’ Derevne
                                                                       (What Did The October Revolution Give the Village?)
, 1927
                                                                       color lithograph on paper, 20 7/8 x 27 5/8 inches. Transfer
                                                                       from Cochran Library.

BABCOCK GALLERY

     Anne Hanger: Landscape Abstractions
     opens September 17; on view through November 18

     Opening reception and gallery talk September 17, 5-6 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     For information about the artist, see www.annehanger.com.   






     image: Anne Hanger, January 27, 2015, inkjet print, 8 x 8 in.
     Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

     Cynthia Henebry: The Marriage Oaks
     opens February 4; on view through March 25

     Opening reception and gallery talk February 4, 5-6 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     For information about the artist, see www.cynthiahenebry.com.

     For  a PDF of the exhibition inroduction and checklist,
     click here.

 

     image: Cynthia Henebry, Mavis and Marshall, from The
     Marriage Oaks, 2014, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of
     the artist.

 

 

    Perpetuity: Studio Art Community Critique Group
    opens April 1; on view through April 29

        Artists included in the exhibition:
        Eric Caldwell
        Becky Johnston Lambert
        Mary Stuart McDevitt
        Chatham Monk
        John D. Morgan
        Liz Kent León
        Mary Jane Oliver
        Laura Pharis
        Catherine Virginia Ratliffe
        Justin Rice
        Susan Saandholland
        Molly Van Buren

 

 

     image: Mary McDevitt '17, Butterflies and Hand, charcoal
     on paper, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. 

 

 

 

   

BENEDICT GALLERY

     We Are Sweet Briar: A Community Rises
     opens August 27; on view through October 18
    
    
For a copy of the exhibition checklist click here.

     The spring and early summer of 2015 saw extraordinary events unfold
     at Sweet Briar College. This installation featured mementos from
     that period of upheaval, chiefly protest banners made by students
     and alumnae and a selection of photographs by Meridith de Avila
     Khan that document the all-too-human aspects of the crisis.

    Portions of this exhibition have been reinstalled at the Sweet Briar Museum
   
   

    image: Selection of correspondence returned to the President's Office
    during the spring of 2015.

 


     In the Shadow of Paul Mountain: E. Hunt Barrett's
     Views of Sweet Briar

     opens October 22; on view through December 13

     For a copy of the exhibition introduction and checklist click here.

     Elizabeth Hunt Barrett was an accomplished, but reclusive,
     professional painter who moved to Amherst County from the
     Northeast in the early decades of the 20th century. Her full biography
     remains frustratingly elusive to researchers. She and her painter
     husband settled just across the road from Sweet Briar, near what is
     now the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and they kindly opened
                                                                    their home to the College's homesick students. She made a specialty
                                                                    of views of campus from the hill at Mt. St. Angelo (now home to the
                                                                    VCCA) and these became extremely popular with students, alumnae,
                                                                    and faculty. This exhibition will feature a variety of her studies that
                                                                    have found their way back to campus as gifts and bequests.

                                                                    image: Elizabeth Hunt Barrett, Dusk over Sweet Briar from Mt. St.
                                                                    Angelo, 1931, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Collection of the Sweet
                                                                    Briar College Art Collection and Galleries; Gift of an anonymous
                                                                    donor, 1966.


     Sweet Briar
Celebrates Amherst I
     Amherst Landscapes in Oil and Pastel by Marion Freerks
     opens January 28; on view through March 13

     Please note that no opening reception is planned for this
     exhibition.

     For a copy of the exhibition introduction and checklist
     click here.

 

      image: Marion Freerks, Indian Rocks on the Blue Ridge
     Parkway, ca. 2010, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Martin Freerks.

 

Sweet Briar Celebrates Amherst II: Young Artists from Amherst County Public Schools
opens March 17; on view through April 24

 

COMING IN AUTUMN 2016 TO BABCOCK GALLERY


        Andrea Eis
        August 22-October 9, 2016
        For information about the artist visit www.andreaeisart.com.

        Millicent Young
        October 20-December 11, 2016
        For information about the artist visit http://millicentyoung.com.

 

HOURS

Academic Year

Pannell Gallery: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.;
Babcock and Benedict Galleries: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please note, the galleries are closed to visitors for all College exam periods and vacations, including winter break (late December-late January), spring break (mid-March) and summer vacation (mid-May to late August).

The galleries are open evenings and weekends for special events and College programs as announced.

Free admission. Community and class tours and College program use of the gallery spaces available on request.
For tours and event scheduling please call (434) 381-6248 or email [email protected].

LOCATION
The entrance to Sweet Briar College is approximately 13 miles north of Lynchburg, Va., on U.S. Route 29 (business) and 3 miles south of the Route 29 intersection with U.S. Route 60 at Amherst, Va.

Pannell Gallery is located on the main floor of the Anne Gary Pannell Center (the former Refectory), on the Upper Quad near the chapel.

Babcock Gallery is located off the lobby in the Babcock Fine Arts Center, next to the Williams Gymnasium and across the street from the Guion Science Building.

Benedict Gallery is located in the lobby of Benedict Hall, next to Cochran Library.