James Bumgardner (BFA 1958) began teaching at Richmond Professional Institute, a predecessor to Virginia Commonwealth University, after graduating from the Commercial Art Department. When RPI transition to VCU, Bumgardner transferred to the Painting + Printmaking Department, where he stayed until his retirement in 1996 as Professor Emeritus. He had a reputation for being a charismatic teacher whose lectures and critiques received enthusiastic audiences. He continued painting and won several awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, until his death in 2015.
A retrospective of Bumgardner’s work will be on view at Longwood Center for the Arts from April 14–May 16, 2018, with an opening reception on April 14 from 5–8 pm.
Image: Work by James Bumgardner via Longwood Center for the Arts.