Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective

Richard Carlyon - photo by R.C. Schandelmeier

Richard Carlyon - photo by R.C. Chandelmeier

This September 11, 2009 will be the opening of the show, “Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective.” A different aspect of Carylon’s work will be on exhibit at each of four galleries.

Carlyon was a much loved Art teacher and mentor for over 40 years at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts who passed away January 7, 2006.  A friend of mine who attended VCU’s art school in the late 60s early 70′ s, last night was saying that people used to sneak into his lectures just to hear him speak, quite a feat to attract the young artists’ imagination in such a way. His contribution to Richmond and the art world of the the entire country  can not be measured.

From the 1708 Gallery Site:

Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective examines the artistic career of Richard Carlyon (1930-2006), a pivotal figure in the Richmond arts community, beginning September 11, 2009, at four Richmond venues: 1708 Gallery, Anderson Gallery of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of the Arts, Reynolds Gallery and Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Highly regarded as an influential teacher, Carlyon also maintained an active studio practice for more than 50 years, producing an extensive body of paintings, drawings, videos, collages, and constructions, many of which have not previously been exhibited to the public. Simultaneous opening receptions will be held 6-9 PM on Friday, September 11.”

The retrospective show will run from September 11 – October 17th at 1708, check each gallery for the length of their show.

  • 1708 Gallery
    319 West Broad Street (804) 643-1708
  • VCU’s Anderson Gallery
    907 1/2 West Franklin Street
  • Reynolds Gallery
    1514 West Main Street (804) 355-6553
  • Visual Arts Center of Richmond
    1812 West Main Street (804) 353-0094

Interview with Richard Carlyon by Mary Flinn from December 2005. Blackbird Archive.


One Response to “Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective”

  1. Ted Salins Says:

    Dick Carylon was my professor for three years and my friend for the next thirty five.

    When I showed up for class and he was absent, the disappointment was palpable – no other teacher had that affect. I looked so forward to his classes and wondered, “What are we going to learn today?”

    A beautiful guy.

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