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New Image Gallery features contemporary photography and new media by regional, national and international artists. The gallery is co-located with ArtWorks Gallery in a second-floor loft space in the former Graves Electric building. Exhibitions change at least twice per semester and are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History and other partners.

For more information, contact Corinne Diop at 540.568.6485.

New Image Gallery
131 W. Grace Street 
Harrisonburg, Va. 22801

Wednesday - Thursday, 2-4 p.m. & Friday - Saturday, noon-2 p.m.

Regular gallery hours during the academic year only. Other times by appointment only.


Unexpected Readymades by Steve Zapton


Unexpected Readymades
by Steve Zapton

Zapton will show "Unexpected Readymades" Sept. 4-Oct. 18; opening reception Sept. 4, 5-7:30 p.m.

Unexpected Readymades are mixed-media works made up of whimsical imagery and bright colors garnered from paint-by-numbers and puzzles, common pastimes of childhood in the 50's and 60's. But as "readymade" suggests in the title, a Dada-like sensibility and incisive cultural critique slip in through the playfulness and pop art references, as artist Steve Zapton recontextualizes and recombines these found images into witty and dynamic juxtapositions.

Steve Zapton, professor emeritus of art, design and art history, taught and inspired students at JMU for more than 30 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan and his masters in photography from Pratt Institute. He has shown his work extensively throughout the East Coast with recent solo exhibitions at Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room and Beverly Street Studio School Gallery in Staunton, Va.


vivarium-foras-card.jpgVivarium Foras
by Ryan Parra

Oct. 23-Dec. 1, 2019; reception with the artist Nov. 20, 5-7:30 p.m.

Vivarium Foras presents fieldwork photographs of edible, medicinal and psychoactive plants growing throughout the Southwest. Meaning place of life,Vivarium Forasexplores the unique relationship between man and the natural world through themes of curiosity, containment, control and conjury.

Ryan Parra is a photography-based artist and educator living in Phoenix, Ariz. Originally from California, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Oregon and earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Arizona State University in 2016. His work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally at numerous galleries. He was a recipient of the Dean's Fellowship award going into graduate school in 2013; the Nathan Cummings Travel Grant to research flora growing in Alaska in 2015; and the Graduate Education Completion Fellowship in 2016, among many other honors. In 2014 he was commissioned by the ASU Health and Wellness Services permanent collection to document native medicinal plants growing in Arizona. In the summer of 2017, he did a residency in Joshua Tree National Park documenting useful plants through the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program. In the summer of 2019 he spent a month in Costa Rica as part of the Mesa Community College study abroad program teaching photography, while also documenting plants as part of his own research. He currently teaches at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.


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