‘ARTGAWK’ Showcases at Radford University

2 min read ARTGAWK is an exhibit showcasing various artworks from the university’s art collections with 100 works on display.

Art on a wall

Photo by Timon Klauser: RUAM has spread out openings over three evenings to accommodate social distancing.

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By Stephanie Perez | Scperez@radfrd.edu

Have you ever just wanted to get out of your dorm before or after class? Even on a Saturday? Well, Covid-19 had shut down many things, but one thing that still remains is the Radford University Art Museum (RUAM).

ARTGAWK is an eclectic exhibition showcasing a variety of artworks from the university’s art collections. ARTGAWK is showcasing over 100 works on display from over five centuries in addition to this new exhibit.

Included in those displays, you will find various art styles ranging from Media, Sculpture, Photography, and Textiles. 

The Media section is painting and prints like etching, engraving, mezzotint, silkscreen, and lithography. In the Sculpture section, some exhibits are metal, wood, and polymer resin. 

The Media section is painting and prints like etching, engraving, mezzotint, silkscreen, and lithography. In the Sculpture section, some exhibits are metal, wood, and polymer resin. 

Each art form represents different cultures worldwide, including American, European, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Nigerian, Australian, and Tibetan cultures.

Steve Arbury is the art exhibit director and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of RU Art Museum operations. 

Arbury arranges and curates exhibitions, maintains the permanent collection, and supervises the museum budget and the staff. He is also responsible for directing all aspects of the display. Arbury also oversees the installation of the art.

RUAM shows work from well-known artists like Pablo PicassoAndy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Franciso Goya, and many others.

There are some displays of pieces that have never been shown before in RUAM, including the 2-sided panorama of Radford University’s Campus by a student from the class of 1957, Wanda McNeil Prillaman. 

RUAM also has a collection of Wixárika from Mexico donated by Mr. Bowles. The university has the best public collection of Wixárika art outside of its home Mexico.

Covid-19 affected many places on campus, limiting creativity on campus. However, Arbury and his team are determined to provide art exhibitions this academic year. So long as the university remains open, they made sure the art in RUAM can be unique.

There are some displays of pieces that have never been shown before in RUAM, including the 2-sided panorama of Radford University’s Campus by a student from the class of 1957, Wanda McNeil Prillaman. 

Some precautions have been put in place to keep everyone healthy and safe. RUAM has spread out openings over three evenings to accommodate social distancing. They do limited visitors to no more than ten while the exhibition opened.

“Radford University Art Museum (RUAM) offers RU students exposure to the breadth and depth of original art that goes beyond professional specializations or what can be seen on television or a computer screen. The museum is much more than an art repository. It is a cultural and educational center for all of the Southwest Virginia community and beyond,” said Arbury.

For anyone interested in seeing astonishing works of art, the Art Museum opens Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday Noon – 4 pm through April 17. 

The hours are always the same for the Tyler gallery. The Tyler Gallery is located at 214 Tyler Avenue, next to BT’s. That is where their show is on Super-Duper Student Art Show on Feb. 27.