Visiting Artists and Scholars






Claudia Volpe

Friday, October 15th, 11am

In-person, HCC Digital Auditorium


Ms. Volpe, Collection Manager of the Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF) Collection of African-American Art (, will present an introduction to the collection, including the mission, scope, and an overview of the exhibition, “Healing Through the Preservation of Our Histories and Our Selves.”



Dr. Steven Mansbach

Thursday, October 19th, 6pm

In-person, HCC Digital Auditorium


Dr. Steven Mansbach is Distinguished University Professor and the Professor of the History of Twentieth-century Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He focuses his research and teaching interests on the genesis and reception of “classical” modern art, roughly from the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth. With interests that encompass all of Europe, his specific area of scholarly publication is the art of Central and Eastern Europe from the Baltic north to the Adriatic south. He will deliver a lecture on ‘Multiple Modernisms.’ The talk is open to UMW faculty, staff, and students.




Lynn Tomlinson
Thursday October 21st, 5pm
Lynn works primarily in a unique clay on glass style of animation by spreading a layer of oil-based modeling clay on glass and altering the image to create a moving painting full of fluid transformations.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 244896




Dan Finnegan

Friday, October 29th, 12 noon

In-person, HCC Digital Auditorium and Zoom


UMW Galleries is pleased to present Dan Finnegan–Potter, a solo exhibition by the celebrated local artist, in duPont Gallery from October 28 through December 5. This exciting show documents Dan’s 40 years as a potter in Fredericksburg Virginia, featuring pottery and sculpture from throughout this time period.  While Finnegan has lived and worked in Fredericksburg since 1980, this is the first retrospective exhibition of his work at the University of Mary Washington. Several events will coincide with the show, including a reception on October 28th from 5-7pm, and a lecture by the artist on October 28th at 12 noon in the Hurley Convergence Center and via Zoom.




Dr. Elise Friedman

Trajan’s Dacians, Union Station and the Sculptural Landscape of Washington, D.C.

Thursday, November 4, 5:15 pm


The Department of Art & Art History and the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Dr. Elise Friedland from George Washington University. We are pleased also to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the Wendy J. Shadwell ’63 Fund for Art History.

Elise A. Friedland is an Associate Professor of Classics and Art History and teaches Greek and Roman art and archaeology and Latin at The George Washington University. She earned her PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and her BA in Classics from Williams College. Prof. Friedland has published two co-edited volumes as well as a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological Report Series). Prof. Friedland is currently engaged in two major projects: studying and publishing the corpus of Roman marble sculptures discovered at the site of Beth Shean/Scythpolis in Israel; and investigating the reception of Classical art in Washington, DC, for which she has been awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship. In 2013, Prof. Friedland was awarded both GW’s Bender Teaching Award and the Archaeological Institute of America’s national Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.




2020-21 Season


  • Feb 12, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Woodworking, Teaching, and Making a Seat at the Table by Laura Mays

Laura Mays is a woodworker, designer and educator. She is the Director of the Fine Woodworking Program at The Krenov School, Mendocino College in Fort Bragg, CA (formerly the College of the Redwoods). Her work is represented in the National Museum of Ireland, and in private and public collections in the US and Ireland. She has written for Fine Woodworking and Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazines. She is profiled in Good Clean Fun, the recent book by Nick Offerman about woodworking, with a chapter about her work and her role as a teacher. She is the founding president of The Krenov Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports the craft of woodworking.

Click here for link to talk (Passcode: 550184)


  • Feb 18, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Rows, Collections and Private Spaces: New Work by Chris Gregson

Chris Gregson lives and works between Fredericksburg and Heathsville, VA. His work is informed by art history, personal and collected memories, sensory experience, and studio practice.

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  • Feb 22, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Imprints of the Human Imprint by sTo Len

sTo works across a variety of media. The cross-disciplinary nature of Len’s work includes transforming public spaces such as a river into an art studio, recycling waste into art materials, and hosting water ritual performances at superfund sites. sTo Len is based in Queens, NY with familial roots in Vietnam and Virginia, and his work incorporates these bonds by connecting issues of their history, environment, traditions and politics.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 890 4136 9389
Passcode: 832027


  • Feb 25, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The Artistic Journey: Strategy, Fear and Navigation with visiting Artist Ransome

Ransome graduated from Pratt Institute and was a tenured professor in the School of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University before retiring to pursue his dreams of being a studio artist. He works predominantly in paint and collage and received his MFA in Studio Arts from Lesley University.

Zoom link:
Passcode: 292054


  • March 2, 2021 09:25AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Alumna Nicole Stribling Museums Lecture

Nicole Nolker Stribling is a 2004 graduate of UMW Art History. She is currently the Exhibition Project Manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Previously she was the Curator of Permanent Collections at the National Sporting Library & Museum (2012-18) and Curatorial Assistant in the Department of American and British Paintings at the National Gallery of Art (2005-12). Immediately after graduation Nicole was the Collection manager here at UMWG for a year. She holds a master’s in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 812 0401 1681
Passcode: 872877


  • (NEW DATE) March 5, 2021 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Origin, Celebrating UMW Studio Art Alumna by Tenee’ Hart

Tenee’ Hart (11′) is an ‘unconventional’ fiber artist who investigates feminist themes through her large-scale sculptures, rich in materiality and aesthetic. Hart is the current Department of Art Graduate Advisor + Coordinator at Florida State University where she has been teaching since 2014.

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  • March 9, 2021 05:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 In conversation: Material and Method by Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas experiments with new approaches to painting—one highly controlled, the other almost totally determined by chance. In his “Thread” paintings, Lukas creates images that appear to glow, stretching fine, colored threads over the edges of canvases until a form takes shape in the negative space at the center. In his “Larvae” paintings, larvae are dipped in ink, placed on a canvas, and encouraged to roam around, leaving squiggly lines in their wake.

Zoom link:

Passcode: 079422


  • March 11, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

What Does Art Mean to the North Korean People? by B.G. Muhn

B.G. Muhn, Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University, will deliver a public lecture on North Korean art. In his talk, he will explore the culture and art of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with a focus on the distinctive meaning of art to the people of North Korea, particularly as it contrasts to Western concepts of art.

Zoom Link:

Webinar ID: 876 5405 6317
Passcode: 890779


  • March 15, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

George Ferrandi

George Ferrandi will discuss her collaborative projects and social practice as artistic expression.

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  • March 23, 2021 9:25AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Museum Professional’s Talk: James Stewart ‘17 (Art History)

James Stewart ‘17 (Art History), Visitor Guide at U.S. Capitol Building and Emerging Museum Professional working at the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, will deliver a talk in Professor Marjorie Och’s class.
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  • March 23, 2021 3:45PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Museum Professional’s Talk: Alyssa Hughes ‘15 (Art History)

Alyssa Hughes ‘15 (Art History), Collections Manager of UMW Galleries, will deliver a talk in Professor Marjorie Och’s class. Please contact Professor Marjorie Och at to request the zoom link.


  • March 30, 2021 09:25AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Museum Professional’s Talk: Dery Martinez Bonilla ‘17 (Art History)

Dery Martinez Bonilla ‘17 (Art History), Assistant Registrar for Acquisitions and Loans,

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver a talk in Professor Marjorie Och’s class.

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  • April 5, 2021 10:00AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Carolynn Henne

Carolynn Henne will discuss STAR: Sculpture, Marine Ecology and Commercial Fishing Collide

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  • April 8, 2021 05:00PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

ASAE Juror’s Talk: Jim Toia

Jim Toia, Director of Community-based Teaching, Department of Art, Lafayette College, is a sculptor whose work has appeared in more than 85 solo exhibitions and group shows around the world, Toia has taught a variety of studio art courses at the College. He played a key role in developing the Community-Based Teaching program—in which Lafayette faculty, honors students in art, and visiting professional artists work with area high school and adult art students—and has served as its director since its founding in 2001. He is also the founding coordinator of the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship program (CaPA).

Zoom link:

Passcode: 469476