The 1912 Gallery
The 1912 Gallery Current Exhibit:
Into the Woods
Paintings by Tom Berenz
Paintings by Tom Berenz
Berenz is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and featured in multiple publications, most notably, New American Paintings and Huffington Post.
His paintings are about his relationship to the world around him, cerebral and physical, intellectual and visceral. “I use the disaster motif as a metaphor to discuss personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. Through the motif of disaster, I explore the existential self and examine personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic.”
Notions of loss, place, memory, space and time are central as Berenz re-examines personal experiences from his past and present. “The imagery is in constant flux, but always returns to a pile. A pile is everything and it is nothing. It is a mound that once was and now isn’t; a mass of information, both physical and metaphysical, organized and chaotic,” the artist says.
His works emphasize form over narrative. He injects painterly gestural forms with flat edited down shapes. This results in a striking dichotomy between the strong emotional subtext of the work and the stark rigidity of its execution.
The Artalk and exhibition are free and open to the public.
The 1912 Gallery serves the educational purposes of Emory and Henry College and region through an on-going program of rotating visual arts exhibits. The Gallery exhibits a wide array of quality art media and philosophies with the primary intent of introducing exhibitions not normally seen in our region. As part of the academic program of Emory & Henry College, the gallery presents and interprets fine and decorative arts, providing knowledge, ideas and a resource for learning, research, and life critical to a liberal arts education for the College’s students, faculty and staff, as well as to the region's communities and visitors. The Gallery offers educational programs, including lectures, seminars, demonstrations, traditional and electronic publications, and innovative outreach activities, providing a valuable study center to educate, inspire, and increase understanding of art. The Gallery staff and Arts Exhibition and Collections Committee (AECC) develops, preserves, researches and exhibits the permanent collection of art, which represents an emphasis on contemporary art.
The 1912 Gallery in the E&H Train Depot is the E&H’s current exhibition space. All exhibition and collection operations will be relocated to the McGlothin Center for the Arts in 2015. The name for the new gallery is pending. All exhibits and Artalks are free and open to the public.
The Permanent Collection at Emory & Henry consists of donated works by artists that include such locally, nationally or internationally known names as:
Paul Vincent Warrington Colescott
Italo Scanga Tom Nagashima
Laura Moriarty Ben Owen
Frank Kleinholtz Richard Bay
Fred Carter Maureen Sullivan
Lauren Sumelle S. Greenbaum
Andrew Wyatt P. Buckley Moss
Nancy Garretson Claude W. Dean
Jack Beal Dorothy Gillespie
Kathy Gibian Dennis Winscott
Elizabeth Korn Janese Trivette
R. Alexander James McCarrell
Most of the Permanent Collection is displayed around the college campus and can be found in places like: Van Dyke Center, Kelly Library, and J. Stewart French House. A series of prints by Frank Kleinholz, as well as, a collection of Ben Owens Senior and Ben Owens III pottery can be found in in Van Dyke. The Byars Fine Arts building houses a collection of works by former Emory & Henry College art department chair, Professor George Chavatel.
Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Beal, Virginia Scotchie, Cora Cohen, Richard Jolley, Tom Nakashima, Jennifer Pepper, Anne Austin Pearce, Cort Savage, Barbara Tisserat, James McGarrell, Willie Anne Wright, and Jake Berthot have served as visiting artists. The gallery has also featured work by Harvey Littleton, Janet Fish, Dale Chihuly, and Sally Mann.
The Emory Train Depot was built in 1912 and served as a train station for travelers, including Emory & Henry students, traveling to and from Emory, Va.
The 1912 Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Contact Lindsey Kincaid to make an appointment, or just drop on in!
31036 Oxford Ave., Emory, Virginia 24327 (map)
Seating is limited at certain events, therefore advanced reservations. Tickets are currently available at the 1912 Gallery—located in the train depot. Tickets for Emory & Henry students, faculty and staff are free of charge, however, tickets are expected for seat reservations for all attendees. Reservation fee for the public is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Adults 55 years and older, and students from other institutions, may reserve tickets for $8 each. Contact Lindsey Kincaid for more information or to reserve tickets.