Past Exhibitions

Jennifer L. Hand: Things Held Dear

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

A tender tribute by the artist to the everyday observations of life, the exhibition premieres fifteen new works comprised of a diverse range of media such as animated video projections, graphite, thread and found objects by Southwestern Virginia artist and teacher Jennifer L. Hand. Things Held Dear captures the artist’s intimate moments from documenting her morning meal to walks along Claytor Lake with her beloved dog. Hand comments, “This work is part of an exploration into the mystery and potential spirituality of everyday life. ‘Things held dear’ are the simple events that carry us through our days. Quiet, repetitive things such as pulling weeds, or eating breakfast provide the breath or rhythm necessary to stitch our lives together.” Highlighting Hand’s interest in “making things,” the exhibition bridges the gap between traditional artistic endeavors such as still life drawing, portraiture and sewing to contemporary digital imagery. A highlight of the exhibition is a video animation of Hand’s ongoing self-portrait begun in April of 2013 in which the artist draws her image, documents it, then erases it, repeating the action over and over again. Whether using pencil, thread, or computer animation, Hand investigates notions of home and time. By making objects that document our frequent and routine actions, she considers the work “to be a metaphor for the process of living a life. Everything moves. Nothing stands still for long.”

Jennifer L. Hand is an Instructor of Studio Art in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. She also manages the Art Gallery at Mish Mish in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from Radford University. Since 1991, Hand’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Virginia, as well as nationally and internationally from New York City to Gdansk, Poland. Additionally she has co-created several large-scale commissions with her father, the artist Charlie Brouwer. Her work is in the collection of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jennifer L. Hand: Things Held Dear is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art and curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections. This exhibition will be on display January 31 – May 30, 2015 in the Media Lab.



Exhibition installation photography by Jeff Hofmann