The Catholic University of America

July 24, 2009

CUA Alum's Sculpture Featured in Exhibition of Best Art by New College Grads

  "Big Whoop," at left, and Andrew Schrock's untitled sculpture.

Conner Contemporary Art, a Washington, D.C., art gallery, annually hosts an exhibition of its choice of the most outstanding work by recent fine arts graduates of D.C.- and Baltimore-area college art programs. This year the gallery has invited 2009 Catholic University graduate Andrew Schrock to exhibit two of his large steel sculptures - one titled "Big Whoop" (6.5 feet by 4.5 feet) and the other untitled (8.5 feet by 5 feet) - as part of the Aug. 1 to Sept. 4 exhibition.

Nineteen May graduates of undergraduate and master's degree art programs will be showing and offering their work for sale at this Academy 2009 exhibition at the gallery, which is located at 1358 Florida Ave., N.E.

Nearly 150 graduates have participated since the Academy exhibition's 2001 debut. Some have gone on to achieve international recognition, exhibiting in Washington, D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the British Museum in London.

Schrock, who now resides in Richmond, Va., exhibited and sold his sculptures at Studio Gallery near Dupont Circle while still a student at Catholic University. He says he intends to go on to earn a Master of Fine Art degree in sculpting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

"I am thrilled to have Andrew Schrock's large-scale sculptures in the exhibition," says Jamie L. Smith, Conner Contemporary Art's chief curator. "They add to the show in their volume, material and conception. Hulking metal balloon-like forms suspended in the air - it's wonderfully counter-intuitive work. I like the raw, material quality of the pieces and the simplicity of their forms."