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NOVA-Loudoun Waddell Gallery to display Jessica Gardner’s “Sequence”

The Waddell Art Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus will welcome the art exhibition Sequence by Jessica Gardner. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 25 through Oct. 27, with a Gallery Talk at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26. The gallery is located at 21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, Va.

“My work has traditionally been a subtle reflection of the introspective nature and self-assessment that form the pillars of my personality… and then I had children,” Gardner said. “Suddenly, my tendency toward diplomacy in life and in my art gave way to exhaustion and turmoil. This body of work reflects the simultaneous elation and emotional erosion that coalesced into my experience of motherhood in modernity.”

Gardner is a Professor of Art at Northern Virginia Community College. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts at Georgia State University, her Post-Baccalaureate certificate at the University of Florida and her Bachelor’s Degree at Alfred University.

She has held solo exhibitions across the country and recently exhibited at The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas, Va. and has also presented lectures such as “Tackling the Hybrid,” a session on teaching art in both the traditional classroom and online, at venues ranging from the National Council for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference to the Virginia Community College Association conference.

“‘Mother’s Meditation’ uses the perfect mother as a starting point for a calendar of my experience of motherhood,” she said. “I created a plaster mold that was then slip-cast or press-molded daily, and the resulting figure was altered based on my experience/feeling about being a mom that day. Some happy, some defeated, these figures illustrate the reality of everyday life and the struggle to be the best mother possible.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. For Directions to the gallery, visit www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/artgallery, or call 703-450-2627.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kathompson@nvcc.edu 

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