Tom Rooney Tribute 2019: An Invitational Exhibition

Featuring works of past WSG Tom Rooney Prize winners

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington. DC 20064
Campus Map: https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf

TWO LOCATIONS
Salve Regina Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Mon. Feb. 4 – Fri. Mar 29, 2019
Location: Salve Regina Hall and Art Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 5pm

Mullen Library
Exhibition Dates: Mon. March 4 – Fri. May 3, 2019
Location: John K Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 8am-11:30pm, Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat.9am-8pm, Sun. 11am-11:30pm

Lincoln Mudd, 3 Squared (2017) Iron 17.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”
Photo courtesy of Mahasti Mudd

 

“If you don’t take delight in the arts, you miss a major reason for their existence.” – Tom Rooney, Interview with Anna Williams at Catholic University of America in 2010.
http://www.eastcityart.com/profiles/memoriam-thomas-rooney-1924-2018/

 

 

TOM ROONEY PRIZE WINNERS 2007-2018

Constance Bergfors (2007), Lincoln Mudd (2008). Joel D’Orazio (2009), John Simkins-Camp (2010), Olivia Rodriguez (2011), Nicole Salimbene (2012), Todd Fry (2013), Mike Shaffer (2014), Jessica Beels (2015), Monroe Isenberg (2016), Jeremy Kunkel (2017)

TOM ROONEY INVITATIONAL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lincoln Mudd, Joel D’Orazio, Nicole Salimbene, Mike Shaffer, Jessica Beels, Monroe Isenberg, Jeremy Kunkel

CURATORIAL SUPPORT: John Figura, Nora Heimann and Joan Stahl

OPENING RECEPTION FOR SALVE REGINA: February 7, 2019 (5-8pm)

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR MAY GALLERY, MULLEN LIBRARY: April 11, 2019 (6-8pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition, at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, features selected works by past WSG “Tom Rooney Prize” winners from 2007-2017. The exhibition will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), a sculptor and educator whose many students at CUA include Martin Puryear. Tom Rooney was one of the Founding Members of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) in 1984 and a longtime volunteer. During the inception years of the organization Tom Rooney was the WSG Exhibitions Committee Chair and helped organize the Annual Members Image Show. Tom Rooney’s impact and legacy will carry on in Washington DC through his students, colleagues, and friends.

During the Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Catholic University of America, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD) will be hosting the WSG Sculpture Now 2019 Exhibition, where juror Spencer Dormitzer will select the 2019 Tom Rooney Prize Winner at the opening reception on January 19, 2019 from 5-8pm. More details

ABOUT THE CURATORIAL TEAM

  • John Figura, Assistant Professor and director of the Salve Regina Gallery at the Catholic University, Department of Art, is a Washington DC painter who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1977. His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions here in the US and abroad.
  • Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, is a specialist in European and American Modern and Contemporary art history, and the relationship between art, religion and national identity. She is also an independent curator, and an active museum educator leading programs that seek to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction at the University Libraries and Chair, Library Programming + Marketing Committee. She has coordinated several art-specific exhibitions, including the gilded art of DC artist, Kay Jackson.
  • Mimi Frank: A Maryland based sculptor works in a variety of media. Her work often addresses social issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Maryland State Arts Council Grants. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
  • Steve Wanna: Born and raised in Lebanon, Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media.

The Salve Regina Gallery

The Salve Regina Gallery is part of programming for the Department of Art at The Catholic University of America. Programs at the Salve Regina Gallery are devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression with the belief that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. The goal of the gallery is to foster a greater appreciation of the arts in the context of the Catholic Church and the resources offered by the greater Washington DC area.

The Mullen Library

The Mullen University Library at the Catholic University of America is part of a library system that houses books, print volumes, and provides access to electronic journals and books. In 1924, John Kernan Mullen facilitated the construction of the library through a gift and the library opened its doors to the public in 1928, as the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

WSG is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators.

Visit http://www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

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