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 Exhibits
Our current exhibit, Retrospective Art Exhibition, is by Werner K. Sensbach, who passed away in March 2015. Born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1923, he worked throughout his life in various fields of artistic endeavor. With professional degrees from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was an architect for firms in Germany, Switzerland, and New York. He served as City Planner in Columbia, S.C., and Roanoke, Va., and as the University of Virginia Campus Architect during its intensive growth period from 1965 until 1991. Sensbach was also Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Architecture. Upon his retirement in 1991, the University planted an American oak tree between the East Range and Brooks Hall in his honor. Retirement allowed him to discover the Virginia landscape through the eyes of an artist. In watercolor field sketches and al fresco oil paintings, he portrayed the landscape of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the architecture of the Grounds of the University of Virginia.
His exhibit features paintings, works on paper, woodcuts, water colors, and etchings. The exhibit will be on display in the John P. and Stephanie F. Connaughton Gallery (third floor of Rouss & Robertson Halls) Sept. 3 - Dec. 4, 2015. An opening is scheduled for Sept. 3, 2015, 4:30 - 7 p.m., in the gallery.
Werner Sensbach’s work flows naturally from his interest in the landscape and manmade environment of the Piedmont Region. The Grounds of the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville are the subject of many of his architectural paintings. In the mid-1940s, Sensbach received his initial artistic instruction from painters of the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Realism) movement of the 1920s: Erich Heckel (1883 – 1970) and Karl Hubbuch (1891 – 1979) of Karlsruhe, Germany. Their style of slashing line drawings proved useful in his later career in architecture, urban design, and campus planning. After retiring from his position as University of Virginia architect and planner in 1991, Sensbach studied at the University of Virginia Department of Art with Richard Crozier, Phil Geiger, Dean Dass, William Bennett, and Lincoln Perry.
McIntire Juried Photography Exhibit
The committee unveiled its first juried photography exhibit, which features photography by McIntire faculty, staff, and students, in August 2010. The 2015 exhibit will be on display in the 200-level of Rouss & Robertson Halls in September. Six photographs will be selected by the MAC interns to showcase on the fourth floor.
McIntire Art Committee Members
Sigrid Dilley (A&S student representative)
Hagan Rushton (McIntire student representative)
George Sampson (A&S faculty member)