Founded in 2007, the Ivuka Art Studio is an artist cooperative based in Kigali, Rwanda that showcases the work of local artists and runs a mentoring program for children. “A Thousand Hills” is a large exhibit of paintings from the Ivuka Art Studio made possible thanks to a partnership with surgeons from UVA who began visiting the cooperative while doing medical relief work. Visiting artists Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza will be present during the opening reception to discuss their art. Both self-taught painters, Nkuranga works primarily as a mixed-media expressionist and Nkurunziza transforms utilitarian objects into works of fantasy.
McGuffey Art Center 201 2nd St. NW. 5:30-7:30pm “A Thousand Hills: An Exhibit of Rwandan Art,” mixed-media visual art by Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza from the Ivuka Art Studio in the Second Floor Hall Galleries, “A Room of Her Own,” new work celebrating women, acrylic paintings from Joan Soderlund in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery, and “Life over Time,” new mixed media work by Lindsey Mears in the First Floor Hall Galleries.