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University of Richmond Art Students Present Unique Experiential Exhibition

Richmond, Va., March 11, 2013 – University of Richmond’s department of Art & Art History is proud to announce the opening of an experiential exhibition titled Liminal Variance. The experience will take place in the Carole Weinstein International Center gallery and is open for two nights only - April 9, 2013 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and on April 10, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Students taking Interdisciplinary Seminar, an upper level studio art course, collaborated to transform a traditional gallery space over the course of the spring semester. The group of eleven students created Liminal Variance from original concept to piece creation and final display. Sandro Del Rosario, Visiting Studio Art Professor, led the collective. He took on the roles of Technical & Media Coordinator and Art Director.

Liminal Variance seeks to explore the many possibilities available to video and projection artists. It utilizes a variety of unconventional projection surfaces. The exhibition includes several digital video projectors, a traditional slide projector, sculptures and live electronic sound design. Within the gallery there are also options for viewer interactivity. Participants may contribute to further altering their visual and audial environment.

The aim of Liminal Variance is to create an immersive experience for the viewer to contemplate the idea of the in-between. “The concept and title originate from the notion of the grey area,” Del Rosario said, “The idea is that projection art is not quite solid, but still not quite intangible.” The viewer will be completely surrounded by light, projection and sound to illustrate the concept.

Each student artist contributed to the project in various mediums. Piper Person produced one of three major video pieces and is a Media Assistant. Julia Eldred and Lauren Morse will be coordinating a live feed projection at the entrance of the space. Eldred is also the project’s Communications Manager. Peter Anton animated a piece for projection.

Emily King used print making to create rotating projector slides as well as a hanging sculpture. Mike Hill and Anton are responsible for the design, construction and handling of exhibition props. Wenqian Leng built the show’s main wall hanging sculpture. Sound design is by Evan Newby.

Shannon Rollins and Helen Vu designed marketing materials and handle promotion of the events. Brooke Lee photographed the process and will be photographing the live experience. Zach Correa produced a documentary about the process behind Liminal Variance. It can be viewed on the opening nights. Morse and Rollins will also be exhibition guides.

The creators of Liminal Variance will be present at both opening nights for questions and discussion. The experience is free and open to the public.


Contact: Sandro Del Rosario, Studio Art Professor, University of Richmond, (804) 289 - 8272