Reynolds Annual Student Exhibition
Friday April 14, 6:30-9:00 pm
Reynolds Community College, 1651 E. Parham Road - Workforce Development & Conference Center Directions
Steven Smith and Michael Bishop
Unveiling of 2 collaborative paintings by Steven Smith (maestro for Richmond Symphony) and Michael Bishop (lead singer for GWAR) - paintings created for the benefit of, and as a gift to, Reynolds Community College.
JC Gilmore-Bryan Retrospective exhibition.
JC will donated 50 framed artworks to Reynolds Community College and they will be on permanent display and available for public viewing at any time at the College’s Parham Road campus: 1651 Parham Road, Richmond, VA.
Public release of 2 new books (with free pre-sale copies for all attendees):
JC, Janet Clare Gilmore-Bryan, Artist, provides a look at her professional and personal life and career – all in full color.
ART MATTERS TO REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Note: ART MATTERS features Introduction and Foreword by 2 national figures: Jonathan Spector, CEO of The Conference Board and Robert L. Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts. The book also features essays by 20 other thought leaders from RVA including VMFA CEO Alex Nyerges, RTD Publisher Tom Silvestri, The Community Foundation President Emerita Darcy Oman, recently retired Chairman of the Martin Agency John Adams, James River Air CEO Hugh Joyce, Steven Smith, Michael Bishop, others.
REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
John Bryan column: The art of a fine education
Want to be even more successful in life? Want to have even more empathy for the lives of others? Try this exercise: The next time you pass an unfamiliar artwork hanging on the wall of a workplace, a store, or anywhere really, stop and spend just three minutes imagining that the artwork was created by someone from another country. Then imagine what country and why. (I’ll explain later.)
That’s one of more than three dozen three-minute exercises that will soon be available to the nearly 20,000 students who are being surrounded by the fast-growing number of artworks on the walls of Reynolds Community College — a college whose mandate is mostly “job preparation” and “workforce development.”
The gathering was the idea of Jonathan Spector, CEO of The Conference Board, which with offices all over the globe, is considered by some to be the world’s leading purveyor of corporate strategies and research. Spector traveled to Richmond to lead this event that he termed the “Creative Conversation.”
The Creative Conversation was an important impetus in Rhodes’ conviction that engaging with art would strengthen the educations and careers and lives of his college’s students.
Gary has been devoting time and energy to this idea and has put a focus on populating the college’s walls with artworks, thereby enabling constant art encounters. He has visited art venues, hosted lunch gatherings for artists and collectors and gallerists, enlisted buy-in from his board, administration, and faculty, attracted community members to be on a Reynolds Art Council, and has hired a curator. And, as of this writing, the Reynolds Art Collection has grown to more than 400 artworks — on the way to thousands needed to fully populate all three of the college’s campuses.
Gary’s vision has excited a growing fan club that includes me and my wife, artist JC Gilmore-Bryan.
On Friday, April 14, from 6:30 until 9 p.m., Gary will host a public-invited, refreshments-served event that will showcase some of the college’s arts excitement: the annual student exhibition, the unveiling of a collaborative painting created and donated by Steven Smith (Richmond Symphony maestro) and Michael Bishop (GWAR lead singer), the opening of a 50-donated-artworks retrospective exhibition by JC, and my new book that I’m gifting to the college, “ART MATTERS to Reynolds Community College.”
It has an introduction by Jon Spector, CEO of The Conference Board, a foreword by Bob Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts, and essays by two dozen Creative Conversation participants, ranging from President Emerita of The Community Foundation Darcy Oman to retired Martin Agency Chair John Adams, from juggler Jonathan Austin to aerialist Heather Bailey. (April 14 attendees won’t be able to buy the book, they’ll get free copies.)
It’s not uncommon for the head of a non-art business to embrace the value of art in the workplace, but this is the first time I’ve seen a CEO put it at the top of his priority and energy list — especially given that “return on investment” is mostly intuitive.