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Berlind Symposium Features Artist Joan Snyder

October 22 event includes free lecture and panel discussion

10/18/2011 12:34:29 PM


LYNCHBURG—Randolph College will present the 20th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium on October 22 in the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.

The symposium will feature a 10:30 a.m. talk and presentation by Joan Snyder, one of the artists featured in the College’s 100th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: The Vision Endures.

At 2 p.m. there will be a panel discussion moderated by Virginia M. Mecklenburg, a senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and granddaughter of Carrie Crane Kearney (Class of 1915). Mecklenburg also wrote the introduction for Randolph’s special full-color, hardcover, illustrated timeline catalogue of the 100-year history of the Annual Exhibition (available for $29.95). Panelists will include Snyder, along with Colin Lang, an assistant professor of contemporary art in the Department of Art History in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

With the opening of the 100th Annual Exhibition in September, Randolph College began a celebration of a continuing commitment to art education that has lasted for more than a century. The Annual Exhibition is the longest-running series of original exhibitions of contemporary art staged by any academic institution in the United States.

The 100th Annual Exhibition features an impressive line-up of important American artists that includes David Bates, Jake Berthot, Lee Bontecou, Richard Estes, Sam Gilliam, Alexis Rockman, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, Joan Snyder, Donald Sultan, John Walker, and William Wiley.

The 2011 exhibition, installed in the Maier, will run through December 10 with an additional exhibition featuring more than a dozen works that were purchased by the College from previous Annual Exhibitions. Among the artists represented in this companion exhibition are Joseph Cornell, Ben Shahn, and John Sloan.

“Today, 100 years after the opening of the first Annual Exhibition, the College’s early commitment to providing not only equal access to high quality education for women but an ‘environment of culture’ has left an enviable legacy,” Mecklenburg wrote in the catalogue introduction.

For more about the 100th Annual Exhibition, please see

About the PanelistsColin Lang is assistant professor of contemporary art in the Department of Art History in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2010 and taught previously at Mount Holyoke College and Princeton University. His writing has appeared in Artforum and Texte zur Kunst, and he is currently at work on a book-length study of Room 19, a studio shared by students of Joseph Beuys at the Dusseldorf State Art Academy from 1966 to 1969.

Virginia Mecklenburg is a senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her research interests include American art and culture, Ashcan art, New Deal art, American abstraction, pop art and Latino art. Mecklenburg has organized more than 25 exhibitions, the most recent of which was Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (2010). She has written on George Bellows, Richard Estes, William Glackens, Edward Hopper, Robert Indiana, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Sloan, Robert Vickrey, and other 20th-century painters for exhibition-based publications as well as for magazines and journals such as American Art, American Art Review, and The Magazine Antiques.

Joan Snyder’s introduction into the New York art world began with a series of “stroke” paintings completed in the 1970s. These works were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial and were the basis of her first solo shows in New York City and San Francisco. Although Snyder’s paintings are often placed under various art-movement umbrellas—Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism, and Feminist Art—the changing nature of her work, with its combination of personal iconography, female imagery, aggressive brushstroke, and accomplished formalism, has kept her steadily untagged. Joan Snyder was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983. In 2007, Snyde

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