Future Visions–Past Dreams Featured in Concert Hall Gallery

Posted: November 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sculptor Batu, born in Soviet Georgia, now lives and works in Richmond where he teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Batu’s Future Visions–Past Dreams, which includes figures in painted plaster, is on display at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall Gallery today through Dec. 10, under the auspices of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery Program. A reception is held Thursday, Nov. 20, with a talk by the artist beginning at 4:30 p.m. In the artist’s hands, traditional themes such as the human anatomy are transformed into contemporary silhouettes.

Batu, trained as a sculptor of the “first rank” in the prestigious Art Academies of the Soviet Union, is a recipient of a 2000 Governor’s Award for the Arts. After Batu and his family became permanent residents of the United States in 1994 he was recognized as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts.” In 2002 he became a U.S. citizen. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and resides in numerous museum and private collections.

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