The artistic legacy of Dean Murry DePillars
The VCU Board of Visitors has voted to recognize past VCUarts Dean Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., by naming the fine arts building on West Broad Street in his honor. As part of an ongoing celebration to take place throughout 2021-22, we're speaking to alumni, colleagues and artists about his lasting legacy.
Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph.D., director of the Hampton University Museum and Archives, curated a solo exhibition of DePillars’ work in 2002 and deeply admired his investment in authentic expression. “He was not an artist that changed based on what was popular,” she says. “He was true to himself and what he wanted to share.”
Read more in a Q+A with Thaxton-Ward.