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NOVA art faculty, emeriti celebrate NOVA’s 50 years with art show


Matthew Pinney, Assistant Professor of Art at Manassas, Erinyes, 2015, oil on canvas, 84x72”

Lady Vessels

William Schran, Emeritus, NOVA-Alexandria, Lady Vessels, stoneware, crystalline glaze

In recognition of 50 years of education, student success and opportunities, Northern Virginia Community College has arranged a diverse art show at NOVA-Annandale’s Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center in the Verizon Gallery, featuring the work of art faculty and emeriti.

Twenty-six current NOVA faculty and emeriti contributed to the show, displaying a diverse collection of thought-provoking pieces that successfully highlight each artists’ creativity and love for exploring different art mediums.

Dr. Erin Devine, assistant professor and director of the New Gallery for Contemporary Art co-curated the show with Schlesinger Center Exhibition Director Mary Welch Higgins. Many of the artists included in NOVA’s 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition have become nationally and internationally known.

“While curating and organizing this show with my colleagues, I learned quite a bit about the beginnings of NOVA from some of the emeriti artists like Michael Platt and Rebecca Kamen, Higgins said. “As I started looking at the work I noticed that, through multiple generations, it reflects the strength of the art department at NOVA and the different art classes the College offers.”

The show includes works of different art mediums from painting and printmaking to sculptures and ceramics. The NOVA 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition will be on display at the Ernst Center from Jan. 5 to Feb. 7 with an artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. The art show and reception are free and open to the public.

The Verizon Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and often on weekends when events are scheduled. A map of the Annandale Campus can be found on NOVA’s website.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.