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"Virginia Wright-Frierson: 2000, A Year in Paintings"
2000-11-02 until 2001-02-11
St. John's Museum of Art
USA United States of America
This exhibition explores a year in an artist's life, filled with
creative impulses, masterful renderings and meditations
on the commemoration of tragedy.Included in the exhibition are more than 100 small
watercolors, oil sketches and large-scale paintings
produced by the artist within the last year.
Through this selection of recent works,
including those inspired by her trip to
Cortona, Italy, the exhibition presents
an in-depth investigation of the artistic
Another undertaking being explored
includes Wright-Friersonís design and
creation of 19 large-scale panels comprising the
Columbine High School Mural. Unveiled with the
re-opening of that school on August 14, 2000 the mural is
housed permanently in the schoolís new
atrium and cafeteria. The muralís center panel,
measuring 20 by 24 feet, expresses the image of Aspen
and tall evergreens radiating upward to meet the warm
The story of Wright-Friersonís collaboration with the
architects and community associated with the renovation of
Columbine High School will be told in this exhibition
through the artistís working cartoons, architectural models,
image projections, and an ongoing documentary video
describing the process.
Virginia Wright-Frierson studied at the New York Art
Studentsí League and in 1971 received a B.F.A. in painting
at UNC Greensboro. She has illustrated nine childrenís.
Three others, which she wrote and illustrated, each have
won the John Burroughs Award for childrenís nature books
from the American Museum of Natural History, including A
North American Rain Forest Scrapbook.
The artist standing on
the central image
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