Art at McIntire

Art at McIntire

In keeping with the tradition of Thomas Jefferson's model and the McIntire School of Commerce's vision of developing well-rounded students, we support the diversity of art and its interaction with commerce. The John P. and Stephanie F. Connaughton Gallery, located on the third floor of Robertson Hall, is the perfect space for showcasing art generated by McIntire and UVA students. Featured exhibits in this art gallery are on a rotating basis and contingent upon the McIntire Art and Commerce (MAC) Committee's approval.

Current Art Exhibit: Seasons of Color and Light

Steve Deupree, Artist
Chuck Morse, Artist

Jan. 10 to March 12, 2019
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Opening Reception
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
4:30-6:30 p.m.



Steve Deupree's Artist Statement

I LOVE TO PAINT! I have always loved to paint, but I never had the open time to pursue it until I retired six years ago. To be writing an artist’s statement is new territory for me because I am still unfolding as an artist.

I love color. I love light. I love nature. And not necessarily in that order. Nature is my go-to place of the heart and mind, my prayer, definitely, my prayer. Nature never fails to make my heart sing. That’s why you see only landscapes. Painting is a gut reaction to my experiences of walking the dogs, hiking, traveling, whatever takes me outside. I’m no good at duplicating an exact scene. I don’t like en plein air painting because I don’t actually see what is in front of me. I see color and light and movement and shared ideas that nature communicates. My work is not as simple as it may appear.

Watercolor was my primary medium for years because it was fast, easy to set up, and easy to travel with. The transition to oil was hard because I kept trying to paint as a watercolorist. That’s when I tried painting with just palette knives. The new painting is definitely a work in progress.

My paintings have been featured in several local shows here and in Michigan and have even been included in pretty prestigious exhibitions. Seeing my painting on a museum wall was an awesome experience. Someday, I’ll get used to that but for now, it’s all so new.

For purchase, contact the artist directly at or visit his website at

Chuck W. Morse's Artist Statement

1978-1980 M.F.A., Parsons School of Design
1978-1980 New York Studio School
1971-1975 B.F.A., Maine College of Art

I paint flowers and objects I like, mainly for color and shape and what I can do with them compositionally. The plastic structure of the painting is of paramount importance to me. By plastic, I mean a sense of volume that originates from the surface and comes forward, not through, like conventional perspective. Plasticity means that you can sense the interval between the color and the interval between the forms. I read somewhere that “if your colors are correct they’ll hold the visual position and create the illusion of form and space.” Some of my favorite painters are Hans Hofmann and early 20th century French, German, and Russian painters. I like their work for their strong design and vibrant colors. To quote Kandinsky, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” 

For purchase, contact the artist directly at 434-960-4493 or

McIntire Juried Photography Exhibit

The 2018-2019 photography exhibit is on display in the 200-level hallways of Rouss & Robertson Halls. The committee unveiled its first juried photography exhibit, which features photography by McIntire faculty, staff, and students, in August 2010.

McIntire Art Committee Members

Karin Bonding
Emma Candelier
Karen Gellner 
Al Hoover
Susan Howell
Dot Kelly
Pam Malester (guest member)
George Sampson (A&S faculty member)
Rob Tharpe, co-chair
Angie Turner, co-chair