Richard Woodward, curator of African art, describes the artistic legacy of Dr. Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D.
In 1975, Richard Woodward arrived at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where he soon began building the museum’s African Art collection. At the same time, Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., was assistant dean of VCUarts and just one year away from stepping into the role of dean. Throughout the years, DePillars and Woodward held intersecting positions in the city’s arts community and influenced the city’s arts culture in their own ways.
Woodward also studied DePillars’ art and has curated two exhibitions featuring his work, including the recent exhibition, Dr. Murry N. DePillars: The Dean and More, which coincided with the commemoration of the Murry N. DePillars Fine Arts building in September.
In this Q&A, Woodward reflects on the significance and symbolism of DePillars’ art and discusses curating multiple exhibitions of his work.
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