Charlottesville Artist exhibits at
Washington and Lee University
opening of the Holekamp Hall art gallery will feature the
nationally known artist Richard Weaver. Weaver is a painter and
sculptor who has shown his work in a number of venues
nationally, including galleries in Chicago, Washington, D.C.,
and New York. He has received recognition for both his
sculpture and painting. Recent awards have included grants from
the Bader Fund, the George Sugarman Foundation and a fellowship
from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
portrait, “Maggie Sullivan”, was selected for the Outwin
Boochever Portrait Competition. The first-ever U.S. national
portrait competition, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
2006, received over four-thousand entries of painting and
sculpture, which was narrowed down to only fifty-one artists
being selected. Weaver’s “Maggie Sullivan was exhibited in the
National Portrait Gallery from July 2006 until February 2007.
This painting and other work from the Holekamp show can be
viewed on the Washington and Lee Website:
His work can be
found in the collections of: The University of North Carolina –
Greensboro, the St. Stephen and St. Agnes School, Washington and
Lee University, the University of Virginia, and private
collections. The John Chavis bust, for which Weaver was
commissioned by Washington and Lee, will also be exhibited in
the show at the Holekamp Gallery. Weaver, well-known for his
portraiture, was also commissioned by Washington and Lee to
paint Dean Randall Bezanson, Dean Rick Kirgis, and
Professor Roger Groot.
These paintings can be seen in the Law School at Washington and
The show at
Holekamp Gallery is titled “Family Tales” and will contain
paintings and terra cotta reliefs. In these whimsical works the
artist explores the humor and wonder inherent in everyday family
life. The images often pay a playful homage to cultural myths,
children’s stories and art history.
his formal art training in New York at the National Academy of
Design, the New York Academy (now known as the Graduate School
for Figurative Art), and the Art Students League. He studied
painting and drawing with a number of notable art instructors,
including Robert Beverly Hall, Ted Seth Jacobs, Ron Sherr and
Harvey Dinnerstein. Subsequently, he earned his Master of Fine
Arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he
was influenced by the sculptor Billy Lee.
The show will run
from October 6 until January with the Holekamp Gallery being
opened from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. The public is
invited to browse at their convenience.