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Van Gogh, Other Masterpieces on Display at RU

Radford City Mayor Bruce Brown and his wife, Cary, examine the painting "Wheat Field Behind St. Paul's Hosptial, St. Remy" by Vincent Van Gogh. on display at Radford University.

Community leaders and officials from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Radford University gathered on Thursday evening, Jan. 20, for a preview of “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” an exhibition commemorating the museum’s 75th anniversary.

The exhibition features the work of about 30 artistic masters from around the world. Featured pieces include those from masters such as Post-Impressionistic icon Vincent Van Gogh, American impressionist James Abbot McNeil Whistler, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and contemporary artist Sally Mann.

During welcoming remarks, Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle told guests about the history and 18-month planning process associated with the exhibition. “Suddenly we at Radford were getting stars in our eyes,” Kyle said, referencing the kinds of cultural opportunities planners envisioned for the community when the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2009.  “Now the stars are not just in our eyes,” said Kyle. “They’re on our walls.”

Hosting the classic exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for Radford University to provide southwest and southside Virginia residents with a chance to see timeless works of art they may not have otherwise seen in their lifetimes, according to Kyle.

During comments presented later in the evening, VMFA Director Alex Nyerges discussed the museum, its 75th anniversary celebration and expressed his gratitude and excitement about partnering with Radford University on the venture.

Built in Richmond in 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was designed with one purpose in mind, according to Nyerges: to serve as the state’s flagship art museum and headquarters for an art educational network bringing masterpieces from throughout the ages into every corner of the commonwealth.

With the success of the VMFA exhibit, Bay sees unlimited potential for the RU Art Museum to establish itself as a major destination “hotspot” for the art community. “I want this to be the first of many [special exhibitions],” said Bay. “There’s so much more we can now make happen.”

To be selected by the VMFA to house the exclusive art exhibition, the RU Art Museum was upgraded to include improved climate control systems, museum -standard lighting and enhanced security measures.

RU Art Museum hours are Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run from Jan. 21 – March 4, 2011.  Admission is free. For additional information, please call 540-831-5754.

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