The UMW Galleries are comprised of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and the duPont Gallery. Art faculty members Gaetano Cecere, Dorothy Duggan Van Winckel, Julien Binford, and Pauline King founded the original gallery in duPont Hall. The first major art exhibition at the college opened in 1956, it featured modern art by such notable artists as Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, and Joan Miro. Annual exhibitions continued until 1965, with additional works added to the permanent collection through purchase or as gifts from faculty members and graduating classes. However, for the next twenty years no new works were added to the permanent collection and few exhibitions were held. Professor Joseph DiBella became the first director of the Galleries in 1983 and reestablished the exhibition program, curating exhibits of alumni that had achieved local, national and international status.
In the fall of 1990, Joseph DiBella was introduced to Phyllis Ridderhof Martin. Martin, a local artist, soon donated the funds necessary for a new gallery on the campus of Mary Washington College. The Phyllis Ridderhof Martin Gallery opened in April 1992. This building now provides space for exhibiting contemporary and historical art, while also allowing for the proper storage of the university's permanent collection. The duPont Hall gallery space was renovated in January 1995, creating a large area for the display of contemporary art. Today, the duPont Galleries host the student studio art exhibitions. These two spaces now serve the college and the local community by providing successful exhibitions and related programming.
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