Michael Kopald Bamboo

W&L Alums Come Together Again for Exhibit in Kamen Gallery

 
Washington and Lee’s Lenfest Center for the Arts is currently featuring work in the Kamen Gallery by W&L graduates Michael Kopald and Patrick Hinely, both of the Class of 1973. The exhibit, entitled “Recent Work by Two Guys Who Came Back and Stayed,” will continue through June 1.

The exhibit, in honor of the pair’s 40th class reunion, is a follow-up collaboration from the exhibit they made in honor of their 25th reunion, “Two Guys Who Came Back.” The current show presents both Kopald’s paintings and Hinely’s photography.

Kopald’s work has been presented in both the United States and in China. He studied under artist-in-residence Professor I-Hsiung Ju at W&L, who at that time taught all the major disciplines of Western studio art, but no Asian art. After graduating, Kopald moved back to Lexington in 1975, to continue his study and interest in Chinese painting. He helped form the Art Farm with Ju.

Since 1978, only five years following his graduation, Kopald has been exhibiting his paintings and giving lectures. He says this exhibit will display his paintings, which are, “no more or less the result of his continuing practice in Chinese Brush painting.”

Hinely, who majored in journalism at W&L, has worked more often for publication than exhibition, although he has shown his work in Germany and Canada as well as the U.S. Besides working as W&L’s university photographer since 1980, he has taught in the art and journalism departments.

He is a founding contributor of the Rockbridge Advocate as well as a freelancer, in which capacity he has shot album covers for musicians such as Keith Jarrett and Robin and Linda Williams. He calls the images presented here, all digital color works, “souvenirs from far and near.”
 
 
 

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