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: Scene and Unseen
Harry Miller, Artist
Karen Rosasco, Artist
March 16 to June 15, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Harry Miller's Artist Statement
I trained as a urologic surgeon and spent over 20 years as Chair and Professor of Urology at George Washington University. I realized early in my training that good surgery is an art form, truly a work of art. Occasionally, when I needed to illustrate a procedure in one of my publications, I would make the drawings myself for I knew exactly what I wanted to show. It was only after my retirement over 20 years ago, that I began to paint. My mother had drawn for years with pen or pencil, but after the age of 50, she began to use oils and watercolors. It was she who encouraged me to continue my painting.
When we moved to Charlottesville in 2006, I had been painting for about 10 or 15 years. By then, I had completed a series of lake sunsets, a series on nude women golfing, and a few Impressionist-inspired works. I had experimented with size, mediums, techniques, and subjects. As we explored our new home, it seemed to me that there were many artists depicting Monticello and the University of Virginia but not as many works about the unique Downtown Mall. With its numerous shops, theaters, restaurants, and vibrant activity, the Downtown Mall deserved to be painted. I therefore began a series of paintings of the Mall. It was fun. I hung one of two of the works in our home. And, when friends came over and saw them, one fellow even offered to buy one. Wow!
I did not sell the painting to him, but it got me thinking. Eventually, I had the idea of creating note cards featuring scenes from the Downtown Mall. The project eventually included 14 unique cards sold in stores around Charlottesville. This might pay for the paint, I thought. Fun, too. I decided to expand the viewpoint to include other Charlottesville landmarks. Friends made suggestions like a snow scene, UVA buildings, and the Corner.
Like surgery, art of any kind requires work, complete concentration, thorough knowledge of the subject, and often innovation or “artistic license”. Photos help. Unlike surgery, mistakes in oil can be redone easily. When I am painting, time absolutely flies. Meals are an option. TV plays second banana. An understanding wife is also essential, as my easel sits on newspaper covering our big copper kitchen table. These are works I can share, that reflect a pleasant activity, a serious interpretation, and a physical chore that was very satisfying. It is very much like surgery.
That is why so many good surgeons have an artistic hobby like art, sculpture, drawing, pottery, and wood working.
Why not? It’s fun.
Karen Rosasco's Artist Statement
Watermedia artist Karen K Rosasco graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with an honors degree in Art Education. She taught high school art for over 30 years, helping students develop portfolios for the top design schools in the nation. During this time, she also earned over 50 graduate credit hours and has taught adults in evening courses since 1981. After retiring from public school instruction, Karen continues to teach adult classes and gives week-long watermedia workshops around the United States and Canada.
Karen formed “Art Escapes,” planning and escorting group painting and sketching tours around the world. The past 18 trip destinations have included visits to six of the seven continents and all the countries in Europe. Karen is a juried member of the Oakroom Artists and belongs to many New York and Virginia art organizations.
Her prize-winning artwork has been accepted in regional and national juried shows, including the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, and Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Exhibitions in New York City and can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States (General Electric, Harcourt Brace Education Testing, Price Chopper, Sentara Martha Jefferson, Augusta Health Center), Europe, and South America. The Arkell Museum purchased a painting of Karen’s for its contemporary collection, and in 2006 she was awarded Best of Show at the Cooperstown, N.Y., regional “Essentials.” Out of 1400 entries, she was awarded the Silver Medal for second place in the 2007 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in NYC.
Articles and painting reproductions about Karen’s work have appeared in national publications, including The Palette, Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, and American Artist Watercolor magazines. Her work is also included in the e-book and DVD “A Walk Into Abstracts Vol. II.” Karen’s art may be seen at the Abend Gallery (Denver), Shenandoah Valley Arts Center (Waynesboro, Va.), Departure Gift Shop, Albany International Airport (New York), Co-Art Gallery (Staunton, Va.,), and Crossroads Gallery (Richmond, Va.), and by appointment at her home in Waynesboro, Va.
In her current series of work, Karen is using a wide variety of watermedia in layers to achieve a highly textural and dynamic presentation. After 40 years of painting realistic interpretations of landscapes, florals, and architectural themes, Karen finds this concentration on the relationships between the basic elements of art (shape, value, line, color and texture) to be a more exciting personal approach to her art. Methods, materials, and themes change but a consistently good composition and design hold the viewer’s eye.
McIntire Juried Photography Exhibit
The 2017-2018 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
Charlotte Ball (McIntire student representative)
Natalie Connors (McIntire student representative)
Lydia Gregory (A&S student representative)
Annalee Jackson (A&S student representative)
Pam Malester (guest member)
George Sampson (A&S faculty member)
Jia Ying Wang (McIntire student representative)