Liberty University’s Department of Studio and Digital Arts opened its first exhibit of the year, “Contemporary Landscapes,” on Thursday, featuring the work of landscape artist Christopher Burch.
Burch lives and works in Lynchburg, and specializes in painting landscapes and coastal scenes from Virginia and North Carolina. A graduate of Radford University, he has been painting for more than 30 years. His work has been presented in public venues and by commercial galleries in Atlanta, Ga., Washington, D.C., and a number of locations in Virginia.
The exhibit runs Sept. 20-Nov. 3 in the Liberty University Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, Room 4069. The gallery is free and open to the public.
The exhibit showcases pieces that reflect “the experience of bringing to life a sense of vast space on a canvas,” Burch said.
It is his wish that viewers will be drawn into his paintings, that they also might find themselves in that “nearly perfect space,” and “on some particularly beautiful day find themselves looking up and out and drawn into the wonder of the world around and experience its depth and meaning as if for the first time.”
Burch said he enjoyed the opportunity to be at Liberty.
“Liberty’s gallery is well done. It’s definitely a top-notch space and I’m pleased to show here.
Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, said it is it beneficial for Liberty to host the work of quality regional artists.
“It benefits Liberty and our educational programs, and is a contribution we can make to the local community as well. I commend our art faculty and leadership in hosting the exhibition and I am delighted we are able to do it.”
Todd Smith, chair of the Department of Studio and Digital Arts, said the faculty view the gallery as an extension of the curriculum, allowing students to make connections across a number of disciplines.
“The students in particular benefit from this because they gain firsthand knowledge from professionals in the field.”