VMFA's "Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran " Exhibition Opens at Richmond International Airport
October 7, 2013
RICHMOND, Virginia (October 7, 2013) - An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Mel Kobran, called “Other Places: Photographs by Mel Kobran,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through February 2014.
Kobran created the composite images in this exhibition from photographs taken during her travels to isolated places around the world. Her sojourns included sites as variable as the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island, Yellowstone National Park, and the southern coast of Iceland.
Individually, each landscape is stark, even otherworldly; together, they create new environments that are both familiar and foreign. This exploration of the intersection of reality and fantasy creates a certain sense of disorientation that comes from confusing the two. “It is a feeling that only occurs after spending too much time out on your own,” said Kobran. “The inevitable result of an insatiable wanderlust for the unknown.”
Kobran is from Leesburg, Virginia, and was awarded a 2013 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship.
About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.
About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.
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