A new exhibition featuring an artist with a long history at Virginia Tech is scheduled to open in the Armory Art Gallery on Draper Road. “Dean Carter: Figurative Landscapes” runs through April 5. 

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is part of a series showcasing the work of emeritus faculty from the School of Visual Arts leading up to the College of Architecture and Urban Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014.

Dean Carter helped establish the art department at Virginia Tech in 1950 and served as its head for 10 years. He taught sculpture, drawing, and art history from 1950 to 1992.

Carter's work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Institute for Peace in New York City, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the John Herron Museum in Indianapolis, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the North Carolina Museum of Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Sculpture Center in New York City.

Carter is represented in the collections of the Taubman Museum of Art, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, and the Huntington Museum. His work is also in the collections of Virginia Tech, Hollins University, Indiana University, Mary Baldwin College, and Radford University.

There are also numerous examples of Carter's work on the Virginia Tech campus, including his “Madonna and Child” sculpture in Wallace Hall, Stuart Cassell's portrait head in Cassell coliseum, and a portrait of Edward Lane is in Lane Stadium.

A portrait bust of Clinton Cowgill, department head of architecture from1928 to 1956, is also part of the university’s collection, and will be on display as part of the exhibition in the Armory.

Carter was born in Henderson, N.C., in 1922. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and after service in World War II, received a bachelor's degree from American University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., parking for the Armory is available with a visitor’s pass in the Squires Lot on Otey Street. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor’s Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.



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