Concept to Curtain

The exhibit SPOTLIGHT: Designers from the UMW Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of theatrical design.

“Before the curtain opens, the set must be imagined, the costumes designed and sewn, the props conceptualized and crafted,” wrote exhibit curator Rosemary Jesionowski, UMW assistant professor of multiple imaging.

A spring art exhibit highlights the background work theatrical designers do to bring dramatic productions to life. Photo by David Hunt.

The exhibit features drawings, renderings, and models from current and former UMW faculty designers, including Julie Hodge, scenic and lighting designer; David Hunt, scenic designer; and Kevin McCluskey, costume designer. Part of UMW Theatre’s 100th anniversary celebration, the show runs March 22 through April 26 at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery.

Related events include:

UMW ElderStudy Lecture, Spotlight: Designers, presented by Rosemary Jesionowski, and sponsored by Bob and Carole Hanus. April 3, 10 a.m., Klein Theatre and Ridderhof Martin Gallery.

UMW Galleries Spring Lecture, From Curation to Creation: 100 Years of Theatre at UMW, by Rosemary Jesionowski and Kevin McCluskey. Talk will address the inspiration behind pieces and how they were selected for the exhibit. April 14, 2 p.m., Combs Hall 139. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 540/654-1013.

Other exhibits sponsored by UMW Galleries include: Senior Exhibitions on display in duPont Gallery, March 21-29, and the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition in duPont, April 11-21.

Also on campus, UMW Theatre presents The Tempest April 11-20 in Klein Theatre. William Shakespeare’s magical tale of ambition, redemption, forgiveness, and revenge is a must-see for spring. Times and admission fees vary. For more information, call the Box Office at 540/654-111.