Statistics body of multi-media work by Susan Hensel of Minneapolis, MN
Coptic Zen art book by Gina Cullen of Louisa, VA
Quiet Time monotype print by Linda Larochelle of Fredericksburg, VA
Sand Dune Fencing IV mixed media by Bob Worthy of Montross, VA
Repitizione 3 & 4 photographs by Peter Frederick of Spotsylvania, VA
Fences and Kivas acrylic painting by Patricia Smith of Locust Grove, VA
Vera_J_12-13-14-01AC pinhole camera/digital print by Dan McCormack of Accord, NY
Body of work acrylic paintings by Ray Abell of Williamsburg, VA
Dressmaker metallic photograph by Deborah Herndon of Charleston, WV
As an artist, educator, curator and seeker of beauty I find the curatorial process of jurying an exhibition to be a bit of an adventure. The creative and curatorial process, for me, is a continual investigation of identifying the aesthetic, compelling and memorable through looking and reflecting on the discoveries that present themselves from each call for entries.
Jurying an exhibition for the FCCA was a visual feast, combined with the complications and complexities of time, space and theme - as there is always more of one than the others. It is a journey I relish, yet find frustrating - as there is always more see or show than resources can allow. The goal is to combine all the varied elements, considerations, ingredients and limitations in a way that creates a satisfying exhibition that explores the theme of the month with memorable results.
The theme Pattern and Repetition, for me, implies time and space and its effects on materiality, process and creative vision. As such, I chose work which explored and expanded upon this theme, rather than literally describing or defining it.
Amie Oliver -- Amie Oliver is a working artist and curator whose experiences teaching studio art encompass the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, John Tyler Community College, Tyler School of Art and tenured positions at Mississippi State University and Longwood College. She is also the Proprietor of the Art Lab at 2216 Hull St in Richmond, VA. Oliver is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BA) where she was a 2013-14 Distinguished Alumni Fellow. She earned the M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University and post grad credits from Tyler School of Art and the Visual Studies Workshop with Book Artist Keith Smith. Amie has exhibited her work in the USA, Europe, China, S. Korea, Tibet and Australia. Her practice has been enriched by fellowship opportunities at the VCCA, the Oberfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Germany, Moulin Nef in France, the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria, the Vermont Studio Center, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and the Moving Cultures Project/Metasenta Foundation in China and Tibet. Her artwork is in the collections of the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, the Try-Me Collection, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Delta State University, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Bowling Green State University, the Medical College of Virginia, Mississippi State University and Capital One. Amie serves on the Board of Directors of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. For more information visit amieoliver.info