Friday, September 25, 2015

Come Home to Create: Celebrating NOVA's 50th

On September 23rd the Alexandria Campus Library celebrated NOVA’s 50th Anniversary with a retrospective exhibition of alumni art.  The Library welcomed special guests Dr Scott Ralls, alumni artists, community partners from Alexandria Public Library and Resurrection Church, neighbors, faculty, staff and students to a gala opening.  

(above, l-r:  Matt Todd, LTR Associate Dean; Dr Scott Ralls, NOVA President; Melanie Medina, Library Specialist and NOVA alumna)

The exhibit highlights the artistic talents of NOVA students, including works dating back 30 years, up to current work by recent graduates.

In addition, student musicians Owen Squire and Margaret Bisulca provided live entertainment from the keyboard.  

(above:  Margaret Bisulca at the keyboard.  The image on the book display is an architectural rendering of the Bisdorf Building)

Also, two of our alumni artists are also currently exhibiting in galleries in downtown DC.   Susan Grace has a piece in the Library show and is currently exhibiting at the Hillyer Art Space.

Which received a positive review in the Washington Post recently.

And Fithi Abraham, who has three pieces in the Library show, is currently exhibiting at the G40 Art Summit.

Find our more about Sue ( and Fithi (

(above:  l-r:  President Ralls; Page Carr, PHT faculty; Sue Grace, alumna artist; Jimmie McClellan, Dean of Liberal Arts)  

(above l-r:  Courtney Boland, ASC Coordinator; Michelle Jerney-Davis, Library Specialist; Paul Chapman, Collection Development Librarian)

The work of over 30 alumni artists is showcased on both levels of the library, including painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, lithography, conceptual work, graphic design, mixed media and collage.  The exhibit runs until November 27th in Bisdorf 232.  

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