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NOVA-Annandale Ernst Center to exhibit ‘Red Thread’ art show

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Drop Sail: Karin Godwin, Drop Sail, oil painting, 2000, 36”x28”

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San Francisco: Karin Godwin, San Francisco, oil painting, 2004, 36”x48”

In honor and remembrance of local artist and professor Kurt Godwin, more than 20 artists will exhibit the Red Thread Show in the Verizon Gallery at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. The show will be on display from March 6 to April 24 with an artists’ reception scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday March 6.

Godwin studied at the Maryland Institute-College of Art for one year before transferring to the Corcoran, where he received his BFA in painting in 1987. He worked at various jobs throughout the next six years, including as courier, bridge inspector and street lighting coordinator for the city of Alexandria. In 1994, he resumed his education at Virginia Commonwealth University and received his MFA in painting in 1996.

He has served as adjunct professor at Catholic University, the Corcoran and American University, and for the last 10 years, coordinator for VCU for the Outreach Program in the Arts in northern Virginia. He also taught art courses at George Mason University and NOVA.

Godwin’s work has been exhibited in a number of local galleries including the McLean Project for the Arts, the Athenaeum, the Corcoran, the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Anton Gallery and Cross McKenzie. His work has also been displayed in out-of-state galleries including Francis Naumann Fine Arts in New York, Cambridge Artists Cooperative in Massachusetts and Eastern Wyoming Community College.

In September 2014, Godwin passed away after a battle with cancer. He is described as a Renaissance Man and an artist who enjoyed sharing his art with others. Some of his work will be on display for the Red Thread Show along with different works created by friends, colleagues and his widow Karin.

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


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




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