Feature Articles

March 2011

Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, Offers Works by David Newton

Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, will present the exhibit, Onward: The Creative Legacy of David Newton, on view in the Guilford College Art Gallery in Hege Library on campus, from Mar. 23 through May 4, 2012. An reception will be held on Mar. 23, from 6-8pm.

Newton, a beloved member of the college’s art department, succumbed to cancer on Apr. 14, 2011. It is the goal of this exhibition, accompanied by a catalog with reflections on his legacy, to pay tribute to this talented and influential artist and teacher by presenting a selection of his art spanning four decades of his career. Co-curated by Founding Director & Curator Terry Hammond ‘81 and Heather Von Bodungen ‘12, the exhibition will examine the range of his art including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures. More than one hundred works of art have been gathered from private collections, public institutions and the artist’s estate.

The design and production of the accompanying catalog has been the capstone Quaker Leadership Scholars project for Von Bodungen, who was Newton’s advisee and student in his First Year Experience class, “Art and Inspiration.” Newton’s guidance and their friendship continued through their following years together at Guilford. As a result of a grant Von Bodungen received from the Clarence & Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership, proceeds from catalog sales will benefit a scholarship in Newton’s name at the Art Students League of New York.

The opening date, March 23rd, is significant, as it was David’s favorite and special date that he noted every year. According to his wife, Suzanne, it was the day he left home and began to travel and explore the world. He felt that he became an adult and free to be himself. Suzanne and members of Newton’s family will be attending the opening reception.

Newton was born in 1953 in Oakland, CA. In the 1970’s he moved to NY to study painting at the Art Students League and printmaking at Pratt Graphics. He served as exhibition preparator at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art from 1990 through 1998, and also taught art at Moses Brown, a private Friends School in Providence, RI. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bard College, Red Hook, NY, in 1997. A widely traveled artist, he exhibited in several galleries on the East Coast, in the South, and in France and China.

Newton joined the Guilford College art department faculty in 2003 and achieved tenure and an associate professorship in 2009. During his seven years at the college he earned two distinguished awards: the Bruce B. Stewart Award for Excellence in Teaching by an Untenured Faculty Member (2007) and Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award for the State of North Carolina granted by the National Academic Advising Association in 2010. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Guilford College Art Gallery, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York, NY.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Terry Hammond at 336/316-2438 or e-mail to (thammond@guilford.edu).


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