Architect Artistry on Display at VCA

AbyA-220x300Opened April 11, in conjunction with Architecture Week, the inaugural Virginia Center for Architecture Art by Architects Exhibition features works by 44 Virginia architects and architecture-school graduates. The work includes paintings, drawings, and collages and will be on display through July 7 at the VCA, 2501 Monument Avenue in Richmond. Some of the art is for sale.

The VCA is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public on the value of architecture and the role of architects in ensuring public health, safety, and well-being. The Center developed the Art by Architects Exhibition to spotlight how many architects turn to their visual creativity for recreation. Architects paint, draw, sketch, doodle, and create art on paper, canvas, and even napkins. They design wherever they are—inspired by nature, their anthropogenic surroundings, their travels, and, of course, their artisitic abilities and sensibilities.

“Architects create art as an avocation or to inspire their architectural work,” notes guest curator Michael Bednar, FAIA.

Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University juried the exhibition. “The inspiration to act as a judge for a show of creative work is a quest for the greater cognitive skills that come from a life of intense observation,” he says. “It comes from the success and failures of a creative life, of a design life.”

Offered here is a brief sampling from the exibit.

For information on visiting the VCA, visit their Web site.

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Fresh Ground, Richard E. Bednar

Lago di Como, James J. DePasquale, AIA

Lago di Como, James J. DePasquale, AIA

Got Milk, Richard E. Bednar

Got Milk, Richard E. Bednar

Paul on the Road to Damascus or Caravaggio Reconfiguration, Lyndl Thorsen Joseph

Paul on the Road to Damascus or Caravaggio Reconfiguration, Lyndl Thorsen Joseph

Palazzo Strozzi Bay Study, Kevin Svensen

Palazzo Strozzi Bay Study, Kevin Svensen

Doge’s Palace St. Mark’s Square, William Brown, AIA

Reflections on the James, Mark C. Campbell, AIA

Reflections on the James, Mark C. Campbell, AIA

Telemetry, Scot Gartner

Telemetry, Scot Gartner

Do Not Discard, Scot Gartner

Do Not Discard, Scot Gartner

Tenement Street, Christine Haven Canabau

 

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