Sarah Kleinman Develops Theresa Pollak Retrospective

September 10, 2018

The Wonder of Life exhibition currently on display at Reynolds Gallery highlights Theresa Pollak’s life as an artist and VCUarts founder. The exhibition’s archival research was performed by Sarah Kleinman, a current PhD candidate and Fullbright fellow with the department. The works displayed represent the culmination of Kleinman’s research.

Using archival materials and ephemera, Kleinman was able to better represent the evolution of Pollak’s art alongside the growth of Richmond’s art scene. The research provides a more detailed look at Pollak’s journey from artist, to educator, to eventual founder of a world-class art school. The show coincides with the 90th anniversary of VCUarts; a milestone that would not have been achieved without Pollak’s vision. Check out photos of the exhibition below.

 

Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. Art work and history of Pollak can be seen on the wall. Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. Art work and history of Pollak can be seen on the wall. Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. Image shows Pollak in her studio.Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. A painting of Pollak's is featured on the wall. A quote from Theresa Pollak, in her own handwriting, printed on the wall. The quote reads: Life is a wonderful thing - just life - just to be alive, to breathe, to move, to feel with the finger tips, to have sensations. It is wonderful because it is a mystery and a miracle. Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. Art work and history of Pollak can be seen on the wall. Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. Art work and history of Pollak can be seen on the wall. Image of Theresa Pollak exhibition. News articles and Pollak's own sketches are laid out on a table.

You can read more about Kleinman’s experience in her article, Telling Theresa Pollak’s Story.

The Wonder of Life will be on display until October 26th. For information about the gallery, click here.