Letter from Jody Kielbasa
The excitement of spring on the Grounds of the University feels like a particularly appropriate backdrop for this fourth issue of our UVA Arts Magazine.
The Arts at UVA are as vibrant as they have ever been, and we are delighted to be able to share this collection of extraordinary stories with you.
The impact of the UVA family on the art world at large was reflected in the story of Cavaliers Collect in Volume 3, which brought together 75 pieces from the collections of UVA alumni and friends in a single fascinating exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. The exhibit also served as a fitting tribute to Bruce Boucher, who is leaving us to continue his outstanding career at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Bruce has led with grace, style and vision in an important time of growth, and we are grateful for his many contributions.
We are proud to celebrate another beloved colleague in these pages as well as we pay tribute to renowned Art History scholar, mentor, and friend Paul Barolsky as he finishes his remarkable 47-year UVA tenure. And to highlight the unique opportunities our Studio Art students have had to learn from and be inspired by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Dion, this year’s Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence.
We are also proud to share the extraordinary success of four distinguished UVA alumni filmmakers in last year’s Virginia Film Festival. These included Marc Abraham, Director of I Saw the Light, the VFF's official opening night film; Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson, who shared a sneak preview of his latest film Secret in Their Eyes; producer Julie Lynn, who shared her latest, Last Days in the Desert; and Erin Bernhardt, who brought her acclaimed documentary Imba Means Sing.
The next chapters of the story of the Arts at UVA are being planned and experienced as we speak all across the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. We look forward to sharing those with you as well as we continue to work to provide a launching pad for creativity and excellence across all of our artistic disciplines.