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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Futile State’ The solo exhibition by sculptor Sam Blanchard is on view until Feb. 8.

SamBlanchard-copy-600x400 W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Futile State’Another Exercise in Futility (detail); 2016; 3D printed bronze pick-axes, plastic, brass, aluminum, compressor; dimensions variable

Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to present “Futile State,” a solo exhibition by sculptor Sam Blanchard. The show will be on view from Jan. 9 through Feb. 8. Blanchard will give an artist’s talk on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist.

The exhibition and reception event are free and open to the public.

Blanchard uses computer-based fabrication and presentation methods to create works that interrogate the human experience in the age of technology. Previous projects include kinetic sculptures, interactive environments and video installations. Blanchard is currently associate professor of studio art in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. He has an active international exhibition record, with solo exhibitions at such venues as the Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, The Delaware Contemporary and The New Galley (Calgary, ON).

His collaborative work in the fields of computer science and engineering have been presented at such venues as South-by-Southwest, World Maker Faire and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and master’s degree with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, inside Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. When campus is open to the public, gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 540-458-8861.