New Jersey multimedia artist Alison Weld and RU alumnus Bill Fisher MFA '90, begin the Radford University Art Museum 2014-15 season. Their exhibits open the week of Sept. 8 in the RU Art Museum at the Covington Center and Gallery 205, respectively.
"Alison Weld was chosen as our feature artist because much of her art has a feminist aspect to it and that ties in with our curriculum," said Steve Arbury, director of the RU Art Museum. "Art Department Chair Dr. Roann Barris is teaching two courses with the theme of contemporary women in art."
Weld’s work is personal in nature and often biographical. The title of her exhibit is "The Visual Diaries of Alison Gordon Weld” and features paintings and sculpture in mixed media.
In her artist statement, she discusses how she became an artist, "As a girl in West Irondequoit High School, l was considering priesthood because I believed in the transmission of integrity, but was of the wrong gender.”
Later she considered getting a doctorate in phonetics because she says she sought the foundation of meaning, but was told by her high school guidance counselor the degree did not exist. That is when she decided to study art and went into the BFA program in painting at the State University of New York at Alfred.
She received her MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980.
Her show is on exhibit from Sept. 11 to Oct. 26 at the RU Art Museum at the Covington Center. At her reception, scheduled for Sept. 29 at 5 p.m., Weld will speak about her art during this time.