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West Chester University Department of Art + Design Exhibits
Ward Davenney: SELECTED WORKS 1990 – PRESENT

West Chester University’s Department of Art + Design continues the 2018/19 season with the opening of Ward Davenny’s SELECTED WORKS 1990 – Present in the E.O. Bull Center’s Baker Gallery at 2 E. Rosedale Avenue. The work will be on display from February 28, 2019 – April 5, 2019. The event is FREE and open to the public during gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Davenny says, “My fascination with the dynamics of light and air lies in their constant movement, and how they materialize in the form of clouds, smoke, or vapors, and create a visual presence in the atmosphere that we normally perceive as non-physical.”

He adds, “This exhibition, spanning a period of thirty years, allows me to find threads that run through a variety of media, and displays some of my experimental efforts to mix them.”


Artist Ward Davenny received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977, and his MFA from Yale in 1982. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants, in 1985 and 1993, and two Mid-Atlantic/ Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grants, in 1996 and 2006.

Davenny is represented in numerous collections, including The British Museum in London, The Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and The Honolulu Academy of Arts, among many others. He was represented by the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York for nearly 30 years, where he has had eight solo exhibitions. He is currently represented by Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia. The author and critic Crispin Sartwell has called Davenny’s work a “confrontation with mortality” and “a celebration of the real”. Ward Davenny currently teaches art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

About West Chester University’s Department of Art + Design

West Chester University’s Department of Art and Design prepares students for professional careers by emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving, visual literacy, and the creative process. Through a nationally-accredited B.F.A. curriculum, students acquire technical and conceptual tools, obtain a solid foundation of visual literacy and appreciation, and are encouraged to develop as socially and globally-engaged artists. Faculty members are active and professionally-recognized artists, designers, and scholars, who are dedicated teachers committed to fostering an environment promoting artistic experimentation, diversity of thought, multiculturalism and global awareness. B.F.A. Degree programs include Graphic and Interactive Design, Studio Arts with three professional concentrations in Painting/Drawing, Sculpture/Craft and General Studio. Minor Degree programs are available in Studio Art and Art History.

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