April 5, 2018 – on the University of Virgina Grounds
April 6, 2018 – at The Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Each year, the students at the University of Virginia pool their money together to bring an artist or art event to UVA Grounds and beyond through their student run, UVA Arts Board Committee. This money is passed each year between Drama, Music and Visual Studio art departments and past artists have included Isaac Stern, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Italo Scanga, Agnes Denes, Meredith Monk, and others. For 2017-18, in collaboration with the Studio Arts Program, the students invited artist and Art in Odd Places founder & director Ed Woodham to help oversee the creation and production of Art in Odd Places 2018: MATTER Charlottesville.
AiOP MATTER took place on Thursday, April 5, 2018 on the grounds of the University of Virginia, and on Friday, April 6, 2018 on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville (West Main Street from 2nd to 5th Streets). The gatherings white supremacists on August 11 and 12, 2017 framed a narrow view of Charlottesville that I hoped to reframe by showcasing local artists’ innovative, change-making work. The festival featured 19 local artists, and nine national and international artists. Charlottesville offered an opportunity to change the way I think and work.
UVA Studio Arts Board: Yuchen Xie, Chair. Alden Myers, Aleah Michael, Alejandra Vansant. Alexandra Pitman, Caitlin Tierney, Caroline Breves, Doreen Devasia. Eva Alvarado, Lisa Li, Lydia Gregory, Maddy Smith, Jessica Harris, Lucy Wu. Faculty advisors: Megan Marlatt, William Bennet, James Silay, and George Sampson.
Artists: Bolanle Adeboye & Wes Swing | Ézé Amos | Nina Frances Burke and Brielle DuFlon | The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative | Federico Cuatlacuatl | John Freyer | Alicia Grullón | Bernard Hankins | Terry S. Hardy | Mercedes Herrero and Miriam Halpern | Sally Labern, the drawing shed | Pedro Lasch | Avery Lawrence | LuLu LoLo | The Big Head Brigade, Megan Marlatt and Ed Miller | Carolina Mayorga | Ed Miller | Linda Mary Montano | Will Mullany | Leslie Scott-Jones and Brandon Lee | Tanja Softić |Patty Swygert | Annie Temmink | Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell with Deandra McDonald, Edwina Herring, and Hoshin Hunt | Marisa Williamson
All photos by Ed Woodham.