The Fleming Museum of Art hosts its Winter/Spring 2019 Opening Reception this Wednesday evening. Two new exhibitions showcasing the miniature in art will open to the public: Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art explores the ways contemporary artists use miniatures to inspire awe, whimsy, and even dread. A related exhibition of miniatures drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Global Miniatures, will explore the universal appeal of miniatures found the world over and throughout time.
The festivities begin at 4:00pm with a special artist’s talk by Small Worlds featured artist Corin Hewitt. Hewitt is a sculptor, photographer, and Associate Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. He has exhibited widely in the US and Europe, including in solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Seattle Art Museum, and the Fleming Museum. Hewitt grew up in Vermont, the son of the late painter Francis Hewitt, a UVM professor, and Karen Hewitt, a toy designer and educator. For his work in the Small Worlds exhibition, Hewitt created a miniature model of the back-to-the-land cabin that his parents built in East Corinth in the 1960s. In his sculpture, Hewitt modifies the relationship of outer and inner walls, examining the psychological impact of the spaces we grow up in. Hewitt’s talk will address the evolution of his art and the role of scale in his work.
After the talk, beginning at 5:30pm, will the opening reception for the Winter/Spring 2019 exhibitions. Hosted by Fleming Director Janie Cohen, and the Museum’s Board of Advisors, the fun event features live music, free hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.