“Threshold” a solo exhibition by Virginia Van Horn
Join us as we welcome local artist Virginia Van Horn for her solo exhibition at our Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center, on view through March 15, 2024.
Free and open to the public. Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm, Sundays 12-6pm.
🌟NOTE: New date – Free Monotype Workshop Saturday, February 17, 1-3pm. All ages welcome.
Virginia Van Horn’s solo exhibition is inspired by her stay as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and especially by the Academy’s emblem, the Roman god Janus, whose two faces hang over their main entrance.
Van Horn depicts the horse through both sculpture and two-dimensional work. Most often, two heads appear, referencing the two faces of Janus, and his rule over beginnings, endings, and transitions. One head looks to the past and the other looks to the future. This leads to wisdom, but can also leave one stuck in time, unsure of which way to go. Van Horn’s horses appear to stand at this point of uncertainty, wise but full of doubt, and caught between the beginning and the end. This continuous reference to the Janus motif evokes questions of the past and the future, moments of transformation, and the intersection of the living and the dead.
Virginia Van Horn received a BFA in printmaking from UNC, Chapel Hill and an MFA in Sculpture through an Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University joint program. Virginia completed post-graduate work at the School of Visual Arts in Urbino, Italy. Virginia currently teaches at Old Dominion University as well as the Governor’s School for the Arts. Inspired by her childhood as a champion rider, she is fascinated by animal imagery, especially horses.