Radford University Continues Leaves on the Tree Art Exhibit Through Nov. 7

The “Leaves of the Tree” and “More Leaves of the Tree” art exhibits take place through Nov. 7 by the Radford University Art Museum.

Various works of art pertaining to trees

Artwork by Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand. Various artworks portray different elements of the tree.

By McKenzie Lewis | mlewis99@radford.edu

The Leaves of the Tree and More Leaves of the Tree art exhibits continue through Nov. 7 in Covington and 214 Tyler Avenue, respectively, by the Radford University Art Museum.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]The two exhibits “are connected by a Tree Trail through RU’s lovely tree-filled campus.[/epq-quote]

The exhibits have been put on this year to showcase local art that pertains to nature and notable trees around campus.

According to Dr. Steve Arbury, Director of the Radford University Art Museum, the two exhibits “are connected by a Tree Trail through RU’s lovely tree-filled campus. At whichever gallery you begin, you will get a free map with photographs and descriptions of 18 notable trees on campus.”

Leaves of the Tree comprises artwork and installations from Charlie Brouwer, a Professor Emeritus who taught sculpture at Radford, and Jennifer L. Hand, an art instructor at Virginia Tech.

Brouwer “erected a huge tree-structure in the center of the gallery and surrounding it,” Arbury said. Hand “suspended leaves made from fabric donated by friends and citizens. Each piece of fabric comes from a garment or other cloth object that meant something special to the donor, such as a piece of a grandmother’s favorite quilt.”

Tree with fabric leaves
Artwork by Jennifer L. Hand. The leaves of the tree were made from donated fabric that meant something special to the donors.

Donors have enjoyed seeing the fabric they have given to Hand.

“It has been touching to see people react to a leaf they recognize was made from a cherished piece of fabric that they donated for the exhibition,” Arbury said.

More Leaves of the Tree contains a juried exhibition by Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky artists.

Arbury said, “It was juried by internationally-known installation artist Patrick Dougherty. We received 300 entries, the most that the RU Art Museum has ever received for a juried show. The juror chose 79 to be in the exhibition, so it was highly competitive.”

Artwork hanging from ceiling
Artwork by Nicole Uzzell. “Nature’s Offering,” a paper sculpture mobile.

RUAM aimed to involve other departments at Radford, including professors and students from biology, dance, theatre, English, and music.

“Biology professor Dr. John Kell wrote the tree descriptions for the Tree Trail handout. During the opening (spread out over three evenings so it could be COVID compliant), dance students performed at various points along the Tree Trail, as did theatre students, who performed mini-monologues or read a poem for passersby. And in the atrium in Covington, Music students performed,” Arbury said.

The patrons reportedly enjoyed the flawless opening.

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]”It all came off splendidly, and we have received many positive comments,” Arbury said.[/epq-quote]

“It all came off splendidly, and we have received many positive comments,” Arbury said.

To attend, if you are a visitor to Radford, you must complete the visitor registration form before coming to campus. If you are a Radford student, faculty, or staff, you need only to show up to the exhibition. Admission is free for both.

The RUAM website contains more information on the exhibits and video walkthroughs of each.