Photo from socratessculpturepark.org.
The UNCG Art Department and, more specifically, the Site-Specific Sculpture and Capstone classes are organizing an art exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Andrew Dunnill, a beloved art professor and sculptor who passed away at the end of January, through his works and those of his students. This exhibition will not be limited to sculpture, but will also include performance, writings and two-dimensional works from students participating.
On Friday, April 1 from 4 to 8 p.m., the exhibition entitled Dunnalia will open to the public in the Westerwood neighborhood at the corner of Prescott Street and Guilford Avenue. The site is a fenced-in 1.2-acre field and home of the Black Diamond Food Forest, a budding community orchard and garden headed by David Myers. Myers and Andrea Crouse, founder of the neighboring business-Gaia Conceptions and former student of Andy Dunnill, coordinated with him last year to provide the land as a space to showcase student art. In the wake of Dunnill’s passing, his Site-Specific and Capstone classes have made it their goal to exhibit work alongside his sculpture in an exhibition representing the life he led and his ongoing legacy.
Anthony Cafritz, founder of Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y. and friend of Dunnill’s working on his third winter residency at the university, has taken over Dunnill’s classes for the semester with ardent enthusiasm. He is committed to engaging all sculpture students so that the loss of such an integral figure does not disrupt their education more than it may. Cafritz is working closely with the Site-Specific and Capstone classes to coordinate an ambitious exhibition coinciding with the first Friday of spring.
The show will be a great success with the support of Westerwood Tavern and Gaia Conceptions, which reside across a large parking lot from the field where the exhibition will take place. This community-based initiative will engage Greensboro with a display of faceted artwork that celebrates Dunnill’s commitment to the arts as a vital component of the human experience.
The sculpture component of Dunnalia will remain on view for 30 days. This exhibition at Black Diamond Food Forest is the beginning of what UNCG students hope will be an ongoing opportunity to see student sculpture in Greensboro and to remember the life and legacy of Andrew Dunnill.