[PAST EVENT] William D. Barnes: Three Decades of Still Life and Landscape

April 14, 2012 - June 24, 2012
12pm - 4pm
Muscarelle Museum of Art
611 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Barnes is retiring from the Department of Art and Art History at The College of William & Mary after 37 years of dedicated teaching and mentoring students in the field of painting.
The seemingly random arrangement of William Barnes' lushly painted still lifes belies their careful construction and their lively dialogue with the Old Masters of the still life tradition. A loaf of bread from Chardin, an apple from C'zanne, the glint of light from a window on a shiny vase, his nod to Heda, a tablecloth casually strewn as if to fall over the edge of the table, a wink to Caravaggio and many others, Barnes brings these references to the past into the unmistakable present through his seductive use of color and the closely cropped intimacy of his perspective, or as Barnes terms, finding the painting's "poetic order."

Barnes' paintings and monotypes have been exhibited in over 150 national, juried and invitational exhibitions across the U.S. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at Millersville University, The College of Southern Maryland, and Washington and Lee University; as well as group shows at Southern Virginia University, the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Charles Taylor Art Center, Blue Mountain Gallery, Denise Bibro and Kouros Galleries in New York City, and Pennsylvania Academy and Rittenhouse Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Barnes is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including an N.E.A. and two residencies at La Cit' Internationale des Arts, Paris. In New York he was affiliated with the Bowery Gallery, where he has had three one-person exhibitions, and since 1997 he has been a member of Zeuxis, a national association of still life painters based in New York. His works have been acquired by public collections in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Barnes received his B.F.A. from Drake University, and his M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has taught at The College of William & Mary since 1975.

A color catalogue with essays by painters and critics Scott Noel and John Goodrich will accompany the exhibition. In conjunction with his retirement exhibition, an invitational exhibition of works organized by William Barnes entitled "37 Years of Teaching Painting At William & Mary: An Invitational Alumni Exhibition" will also be on view in Andrews Gallery, Andrews Hall, Department of Art and Art History from April 1 - April 22, 2012.

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