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: Looking in and Looking out
Kaki Dimok, Artist
Brittany Fan, Artist
March 18 to June 9, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Kaki Dimock's Artist Statement
I have three tattoos. They are all animals—a blue horse, a crow, and a rhinoceros. I chose to permanently adorn my body with images of other species. This is not an extraordinary thing for humans to do. We tattoo ourselves with jellyfish, dolphins, swallows diving, sweet little butterflies. We wear t-shirts with wolves howling at the moon and whales breaching. We wear necklaces and earrings of octopuses, owls, dragons, dinosaurs. Our clothes are branded with tiny alligators, polo ponies, woolly sheep, starfish. The preppiest of us wear shorts with tiny whales and little red lobsters. We embroider ourselves with animals as enhancement, an assertion of something, a claim. And this made me wonder if animals wished for the opportunity to do the same.
Does an eagle wish to wear a small buffalo on her chest?
Does an elk wish for a tiny tasteful tattoo of a mountain lion on her ankle?
Does a shark wish for tribal tattoos of sharks on her shiny bright belly?
These works mostly contain animals within animals. I chose the pairings after asking myself what the primary animal would want, what they dream of, what would they choose as enhancement. I think of these as tattoos, but a friend suggested they could be seen as x-rays. Both views work. I think if you saw an x-ray of me, you might see horses, crows, and rhinos in there.
I use watercolor washes and, in some cases, for the background color for the primary animal. I finish with markers and pens. I have been interested in animal lives from the start, and all my work relates to them, sometimes in relationship with the human-built environment, sometimes in relationship to each other. I am curious about the edges of things, the slightly obscured, the places where the truth of the matter is suddenly and clearly revealed.
Brittany Fan's Artist Statement
Five years ago, while I was a student at the University of Virginia, I received a grant to travel across the country and produce a series of photographs and paintings that dealt with the landscape of the American West. Little did I know at the time that this physical journey in some ways would mark the beginning of a long conceptual one that I’m very much still on today. A large part of my work as a visual artist over these last few years has been influenced by the natural world, something that I believe each of our lives is enriched and formed by in ways both conscious and subconscious.
Some of pieces in this exhibit are connected to the experience of landscape or nature in very direct, literal ways—upon viewing them, one is able to recognize a specific image or place. These more representational works show the breadth and diversity of beauty all around us through snapshots, and are an homage to particular experiences of the world’s wonders as I move through it. They speak to a matter of noticing and giving attention, and to the value of pausing and beholding as we navigate daily life.
Other visual explorations are more abstract, and in these paintings, the relationship to nature is stripped down to a very basic elemental form, where organic movement and dramatic hues within a composition hint at elements such as light, water, and fire. Throughout human history, we have been fascinated by and moved by the mystery and complexity of these fundamental components of our world. Many metaphors are tied to light and dark; for instance, many writings have been inspired by the powerful and daunting nature of the sea. Through allusions to natural elements in abstract form and color, I created pieces that deal more with the emotive and transcendent elements of human experience. From realism to abstraction, literal to metaphorical, macro to micro, this collection reflects the permutations of my efforts to translate the natural world onto canvas.
Brittany Fan is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied Studio Art, Art History, and Arts Administration, in addition to earning a Master’s in Education. She is a full-time graphic designer at Journey Group, a Charlottesville-based independent design company that seeks to help clients tell stories well in the sectors of civic life, education, and humanitarian efforts. In addition to her work as a designer, she is a regionally exhibiting visual artist, a wedding and lifestyle photographer, and a print illustrator. More of her creative work can be found by visiting her website at brittanyfan.net, or following her Instagram at @brittanyfan_art.
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
Pam Malester (guest member)
George Sampson (A&S faculty member)
Rob Tharpe, co-chair
Angie Turner, co-chair