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Starts: 11/03/08 10:00 AM
Ends:  12/19/08 05:00 PM

November 3, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087;
(202) 994-1525

THROUGH DEC. 19, 2008


The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents the exhibition, The Academic Tradition: Teaching and Practice


Exhibition through Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)


This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Interested members of the media should contact Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or

The Academic Tradition: Teaching and Practice is the first in a series of three exhibitions paying tribute to the legacy of fine arts and art history up to the millennium at The George Washington University.  Featured in this exhibition are artists, who are or have been, professors in GW's Department of Fine Arts and Art History.  The exhibit features work representing subject matter pursued in academics: history, portraiture, genre, landscape, and still life.  The artists are Arthur Hall Smith, professor emeritus of painting; Clarice Smith, assistant professorial lecturer of art; Douglas H Teller, professor emeritus of design and graphics; William Woodward, professor emeritus of painting; and Frank Wright, professor of drawing. 

Under the Works Progress Administration, which was created in 1935 to provide jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression, mural painting flourished.  The process of proposing and preparing studies for mural paintings is depicted in a section of the exhibition in which Guy Pene du Bois' Study for Saratoga in the Racing Season and Frank Weathers Long's tempera painting Berea Commencement in the Old Days hang next to a preparatory drawing for a mural in process at Monticello by Woodward.

The exhibit features two commissioned videos -- one documenting four Virginia mural commissions Woodward completed and another of an interview with Arthur Hall Smith in his Paris studio.  An illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition. 

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at the University.  Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information on The Academic Tradition, please call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525.

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