NewsBites: Noteworthy tidbits for July 21, 2015

Richmond BizSense recognizes Patsy K. Pettus’ $1 million gift to the Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU in honor of her late husband Hunter R. Pettus. The Grand Stairwell in the ICA will be named after the couple.

Unraveling: An Artist’s Take on the Confederate Flag

In the wake of the tragic shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. last week, VCU’s Sonya Clark talks to NPR about confronting the Confederate flag. “This is an incredibly contentious symbol,” Clark states, “There is a way of dealing with contentiousness that is pure anger, and there are artists and people dealing with this symbol that way. I’m interested in the conversations that happens after the anger.”

New Horizons

A profile on ICA’s inaugural curator Lauren Ross.

Artist Asks How Far We’ve Really Progressed Since the Civil War

Read about Sonya Clark’s new work Unravelling and Unravelled–a piece in which she painstakingly unravels the Confederate flag. The piece, along with work by seven other Richmond-based artists (Ben Durham, John D. Freyer, Susie Ganch, Hope Ginsburg, Noa Glazer, Arnold Joseph Kemp, and Richard Roth) will be on view as part of  New Dominion, curated by Lauren Ross for Mixed Greens Gallery in New York City.

Style Weekly – Women in the Arts Awards

On a recent Friday, Marcia Thalhimer and her husband Harry caught the end of the “Forbidden” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and saw an opening at the Reynolds Gallery. The next day, they went to the symphony. This is what brings Thalhimer joy: seeing, hearing and supporting the arts, all over town. “I cannot imagine not having art as part of my life,” she says.

Modern Painters – January 2015

Previously curator at Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum and the High Line in New York, Lauren Ross has taken off for Richmond, Virginia, where she now serves as the inaugural curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, slated to open in 2017.

Art in America – People

Lauren Ross has been hired as the inaugural curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art. She joins the ICA from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., where she was curator of modern and contemporary art.

Beverly Reynolds Obituary

Beverly Ward. Beverly Reynolds, who was a devoted wife, loving mother, mischievous grandmother and the Founder and Director of the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, died on November 23 at her home. She was 68. Beverly was a driving force in creating a vibrant contemporary arts community in Richmond and lived a life of style, substance, and spirit. She was gifted, generous, tenacious, tough, curious, opinionated, tender- hearted, compassionate, creative and committed to making a difference and a contribution. She laughed easily and delighted in creating places and opportunities for family and friends to spend time together. Bev loved life and the people in it with her, especially her family.

Wyckoff: The passing of a giant

A steady flow of art lovers strolled up and down Main Street on First Friday a few weeks ago, past the food trucks selling waffles and chocolate concoctions, stopping at this gallery or that, and ending up, always, at Reynolds Gallery. You saved the best till last. It was guaranteed to be the most interesting art, the most surprising, curious, outrageous, breathtaking or haunting show, and always worth seeing — whether you liked the work or not. And you probably came to see Bev.

Editorial: Bev Reynolds enlivened Richmond’s arts scene

“They also serve who only stand and wait.” The words come from Milton and often have described the home front during times of war.

Beverly Reynolds did not stand and wait. She moved and acted and led. Her passion also suggested that a flourishing arts community relies not only on painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and others involved in the creative process but on gallery owners, museum curators and directors, company managers and those who nourish the arts generally.

Beverly Reynolds, founder-director of the Reynolds Gallery, dies at 68

Beverly Reynolds once said that she considered Richmond “the most significant art center on the East Coast except for New York.” As the founder-director of the Reynolds Gallery, Mrs. Reynolds, who died Sunday night at the age of 68, worked for 37 years to help the city attain that lofty status in the art world.