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Wornie Reed: Sweet Soul Music. Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, January 22-February 15, 2019

  Selected Press:

  Jenny Kinkaid Boone, "Exhibition brings African-American music legends to life," VT Daily News, 6 February 2019.

Willie Cole: Bottle Stacks, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, September 20-December 6, 2018.

Willie Cole

 Bottle Stacks, 2018

Artist Willie Cole spent Sustainability Week 2018 in residence with faculty and students at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, developing the Bottle Stacksproject in front of the Media Building on Draper Road.  Known since the 1990s for his innovative work with discarded steam irons, bicycle parts, blow dryers and shoes, Cole began working with recycled water bottles more recently.

Skilled at creating beautiful artworks with abandoned objects and creating beauty from the detritus of contemporary civilization, he has long maintained a sustainable art practice. 

Cole has consistently imbued his work with spiritual content as well, noting in this case that 

 “discarded bottles contain discarded spirits, and they accumulate and reincarnate as light!”

 Evoking the Haystacksof Claude Monet, light reflecting through the bottles at different times of day, suggest the shifting light of Impressionist painting. The project, sponsored by the College, Virginia Tech Facilities, the Black Cultural Center and ICAT remains on view throughout the Fall 2018 semester.

Selected Press:

Hall, Delaney, "Virginia Tech students build house out of 40,000 water bottles," WFXR-TV, Roanoke, 20 September 2018.

Cummings, Haley, "Artists, students to create structures with plastic bottles," Virginia Tech Daily, 20 September 2018.

on VT News

Coleman, Olivia, "Artist-in-Residence Willie Cole Creates Art using Plastic Bottles," VT News Video of the Day, 24 September 2018

 Allen, Mike. "Art Extras: From discards to artworks," The Roanoke Times, 28 September 2018.


Willie Cole: UpCycle, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, September 18-October 20, 2018.

       Selected Press:

Hall, Delaney, "Virginia Tech students build house out of 40,000 water bottles," WFXR-TV, Roanoke, 20 September 2018.

Cummings, Haley, "Artists, students to create structures with plastic bottles," Virginia Tech Daily, 20 September 2018.

on VT News

Coleman, Olivia, "Artist-in-Residence Willie Cole Creates Art using Plastic Bottles," VT News Video of the Day, 24 September 2018

 Allen, Mike. "Art Extras: From discards to artworks," The Roanoke Times, 28 September 2018.


Laurie Anderson: Invented Instruments, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, May 3 – June 10, 2018. Brochure.

                     Selected Press:

Allen, Mike, "Avant-garde artist's 'invented instruments' come to Virginia Tech," Roanoke Times, 23 April, 2018, p. 2. come-to-virginia-tech/article_ddb92bb8-b3ff-572c-b298-5c2d31daaa8c.html

Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace Ten Year Anniversary, (co-curated with John Noga) Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, December 8, 2017-January 31, 2018

Selected Press:

Nader, Brittany, “University of Akron’s Emily Davis Gallery to exhibit ‘Yoko Ono Imagine Peace       December 8,”, 30 November 2017.


Lynn Hershman Leeson: Body Collage, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, October 18-November 5, 2016

 Selected Press:

Harris, Robbie, “Personalized Implantables, Where Art & Science Meet: an Exhibition,” WVTF Public Radio, 14 October 2016.

Harris, Robbie, “Portrayal of Women in American Culture,” WVTF Public Radio, 13 October 2016.

To Market We Go: Art, Advertising and the Multiple, Armory Art Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, September 24-October 11, 2014. (BROCHURE)

Selected Press:

Allen, Mike, “Art show at Virginia Tech features Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, more," The Roanoke Times, 19 September 2014.



Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College, Fort Myers, FL, January 24-March 29, 2014.

Selected Press:

Hall, Thomas, “Three Edison State students delivering Yoko Ono ‘Wish Tree’ wishes to Iceland,” (Fort Myers), 17 March 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Yoko Ono 'Imagine Peace Maps' are visualization tool for imagining world peace," (Fort Myers), 29 January 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Fort Myers' wishes for peace to be added to Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland," (Fort Myers), 27 January 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Like Lennon 49 years ago, modern art lovers beguiled by Ono 'Light House,' (Fort Myers), 26 January 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Kevin Concannon to take audience into the mind of conceptual artist Yoko Ono," (Fort Myers), 23 January 2014.

Davis, John, "Yoko Ono's IMAGINE PEACE Exhibition Comes to Fort Myers," WGCU News (South Florida), 23 January 2014.

Runnells, Charles, "Yoko Ono brings a new version of her exhibit to Rauschenberg Gallery," News-Press (Fort Myers), 23 January 2014.

Stetson, Nancy, "Rauschenberg Gallery Reopens with Yoko Ono's Conceptual Art," Florida Weekly, 22 January 2014.

Stetson, Nancy, "In the Bag with Yoko," Florida Weekly, 22 January 2014.

Heithaus, Harriet Howard, "Yoko Ono interactive art evokes Rauschenberg legacy with its peace projects," Naples Daily News (Naples, FL), 22 January 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Rauschenberg exhibit 'Yoko Ono Imagine Peace' rears opening," (Fort Myers), 10 January 2014.

Hall, Tom, "Yoko Ono Exhibit Invites Collaboration,The River Weekly News (Fort Myers), 10 January 2014, pp. 1/19.

Hall, Thomas, "45 years after John and Yoko's Year of Peace, Fort Myers gets its own billboard," (Fort Myers, FL), 4 January 2014.

Hall, Thomas, "Imagine Peace billboard exhorts viewers to take up cause, make message their own, (Fort Myers, FL), 1 January 2014.

Miller, Glenn, "Yoko Ono sends message to Lee County ahead of January show," Florida Weekly(Fort Myers, FL), 1 January 2014.

"Yoko Ono: Art for Peace," Fort Myers Magazine (January-February 2014), 22.

Murphy, Andrew, "Yoko Ono billboard unveiled," WFTX-TV (Fort Myers, FL), 30 December 2013.

Runnells, Charles, "Yoko Ono exhibit kicks off season at Edison State College," News-Press (Fort Myers, FL), 4 December 2013.



Two Trees: Rona Pondick and Jennifer Steinkamp, Armory Art Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, October 25-November 22, 2013. (BROCHURE)

Selected Press:

 Allen, Mike, "It's a technology take-over in 'Two Trees'," Roanoke Times, 25 October 2013.

Gehrt, Katie, "'Two Trees' opens Oct. 25 at Armory Art Gallery, features artists Rona Pondick, Jennifer Steinkamp," Virginia Tech News, 11 October 2013.


Yoko Ono: My Mommy is Beautiful, Armory Art Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, September 10-October 1, 2013. (BROCHURE)

Selected Press:

Gehrt, Katie, "Kevin Concannon curates Yoko Ono exhibits at Taubman Museum of Art and Armory Art Gallery," Virginia Tech News, 10 September 2013.

"Virginia Tech Arts Director Curates Yoko Ono Exhibit at Taubman,, 10 September 2013.

Slideshows of each venue available on Slideshow page

Yoko Ono Imagine Peace featuring John and Yoko’s Year of Peace, Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, (co-curated with John Noga) July 6 – September 7, 2007. Traveling to University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery, September 26 - October 28, 2007 (); Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, August 25 - October 8, 2008; New Jersey City University Art Galleries, November 3 – December 12, 2008; University Art Gallery at SUNY Stony Brook: September 6 - October 15, 2011; University of La Verne Harris Art Gallery: November 8 - December 15, 2011; and Taubman Museum of Art: September 13, 2013-January 11, 2014.  Catalogue.  Awarded Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials for 2008 by the Southeast College Art Conference at the 2008 Annual Meeting.  Finalist, 2009 Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement in the Visual Arts. (CATALOGUE)

                     Selected Press:

Starkey, Alisha, "Taubman Museum Yoko Ono Imagine Peace Exhibit," Round Roanoke, Cox 9 Cable, Roanoke, Virginia, 7 November 2013.


Carlin, John, "State of the Taubman Current Exhbitions," WSLS10 TV, Roanoke, Virginia, 6 November 2013.

WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

"Imagine Peace: Yoko Ono," City Magazine (Roanoke, VA), October 2013, p. 7 (cover story).

Jones, Evan, "Taubman Museum hopes Yoko Ono exhibit brings in new visitors," WFIR 960 AM/107.3 FW News Talk Radio, 23 September 2013.

Alvarez, Priscilla, "Ono exhibit embraces peace, motherhood," Collegiate Times (Blacksburg, VA), 12 September 2013.

Williams, Abbey, "Documentary, art exhbit to reflect on life of John Lennon, Yoko Ono,Collegiate Times (Blacksburg, VA), 11 September 2013.

Gehrt, Katie, "Kevin Concannon curates Yoko Ono exhibitions at Taubman Museum of Art and Armory Art Gallery," Virginia Tech News, 10 September 2013.

"Virginia Tech Arts Director Curates Yoko Ono Exhibit at Taubman,", 10 September 2013.

Allen, Mike, "Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace opens Saturday at Taubman," Roanoke Times, 8 September 2013.

Harris, Robbie, "Imagine Peace: Virginia Exhibits," WVTF Public Radio, 5 September 2013.

Vincent, Bob, “Imagine Peace at University of LaVerne,” The Big Beat, 16 December 2011.  

Allen, David, “Sandwich shop still grinding away in Ontario,” Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 3 December 2011.

Dambrot, Shana Nys, “Yoko Ono: IMAGINE PEACE at the University of LaVerne,” Whitehot Magazine, November 2011.

Mills, Michelle J., “’Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace’,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 23 November 2011. Syndicated in Pasadena Star-NewsWhittier Daily News, and other California newspapers.

Allen, David, “And the world will be as one – in La Verne,” Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA), 22 November 2011.  Syndicated in Contra Costa TimesSilicon Valley Mercury News, and other California newspapers.

Burrell, Julian, “Yoko Ono advocates peace through art in Harris exhibit,” Campus Times (La Verne, CA), 11 November 2011.

Kuang, Yukie and Adam Sue, “Imagine Peace: The Yoko Ono Exhibit and Talk,” Asian-American E-Zine (Stony Brook University), 30 September 2011, Vol 26, No. 1A.  Online @: 

Lipson, Karin, “Exploring a Career Before, and Beyond, ‘John and Yoko’,” The New York Times, 18 September 2011, LI12. 

Martirano, Talia, “Imagine Peace: Featuring John & Yoko’s Year of Peace,” The Stony Brook Independent8 September 2011.

Yoko Ono Exhibit Opens at University,”, 8 September 2011.

Parks, Steve, “Yoko Ono: Still Giving Peace a Chance,” Newsday7 September 2011.

Cover Story: Lennon-Ono ‘Imagine Peace’ at Staller,” Times Beacon Record Newspapers Arts & Lifestyles (Long Island), 1 September 2011, B9, B8.

Sept. 4 weekly planner: 10 top LI events,” Newsday, 30 August 2011.

Markley, Rebecca, “Yoko Imagines Life in Jersey City,” The Jersey Journal, 29 October 2008, 22 (LIFE).

Markley, Rebecca, “Yoko’s Life of Peace,” The Jersey Journal, 24 October 2008.

Imagine Peace Opens at Gallery: Exhibition Includes Yoko Ono Billboard,” The Daily Item(Sunbury, PA), 14 August 2008.

Funke, Erika, “,” Artscene, 21 September 2008, WVIA-FM.

Funke, Erika, “Interview with Dan Mills about Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace at the Samek Art Gallery,” Artscene, 28 August 2008, WVIA-FM.

Yamamura, Midori, “Art’s Report from New York,” Gekkan Bijutsu no. 385 (October 2007): 188-89. 

Goddard, Dan R., “UTSA Exhibit Examines Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s ‘Year of Peace,’” San Antonio Express-News, 21 October 2007 (posted online 19 October 2007).

Yoko Ono Imagine Peace,” KENS-5 TV (San Antonio, Texas) Evening News, 26 September 2007. 

Wolfff, Elaine, “Art: Double Jeopardy.” San Antonio Current, 26 September 2007.

Burgoyne, Michael, “Yoko Ono at the Emily Davis Gallery,” ZTV’s Lowdown (Akron, Ohio), Show #1, 20 September 2007.

Hockensmith, Daniel.  “WKSU News: Imagine Peace Debuts in Northeast Ohio,” Your Way Home, WKSU-FW (Kent, Ohio), 9 July 2007.

Tranberg, Dan.  “In Her Art and Focus on Peace, ‘I’m Just Being Myself,’ Ono Says,” The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 6 July 2007.

Perry, Dee.  “Imagine Peace (interview with Kevin Concannon and Yoko Ono),”  Around Noon, WCPN-FM, 2 July 2007.

Shinn, Dorothy.  “A Peacenik Forever,” Akron Beacon Journal, 1 July 2007, pp. E1/E7.


Agency: Art and Advertising, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, (co-curated with John Noga) September 19-November 8, 2008.  (CATALOGUE)

                     Selected Press:

Shinn, Dorothy, “Art Meets Advertising: Youngstown museum’s exhibit explores dabblings in medium,” Akron Beacon Journal, 2 November 2008, pp. E1/E3.

Louie Free, “Interview with Kevin Concannon and John Noga,” The Louie Free Show, WASN-AM (Youngstown), 31 October 2008.

Tracey D’Astolfo, “Billboards around Valley Build Buzz for Exhibition,” The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH), 2 October 2008.



Mass Production: Artists’ Multiples and the Marketplace, Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, October 30-December 1, 2006.  (CATALOGUE)

Selected Press:

Dan Tranberg, “Is Mass-Produced Art still Art?  Akron show hits on pride, profit,” The Plain Dealer, 20 October 2006.

Dorothy Shinn, “Many Layers of Enjoyment at Akron Show,” Akron Beacon Journal, 19 November 2006.

Tami L. Gadbois, “Review: Artists in the Marketplace,” Angle: A Journal of Arts and Culture 3, no. 30 (January/February 2007): 15-17.


The Yamantaka Mandala: The Namgyal Monks Residency, (in conjuction with the exhibition, Mystic Visions) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, July 7 - 26, 1992.  (The creation and ritual destruction of a sacred sand painting over a three week period.)

Selected Press:

Associated Press.   “Dalai Lama’s Monks Take Up Residency at Museum,”  Associated Press wire, July 20, 1992.

Merritt, Robert.  “Tibetan Monks Put on Show to Rival Late Andy Warhol,”  Richmond Times Dispatch, July 27, 1992.


On the Wall/On the Air: Artists Make Noise, Hayden Gallery/WMBR (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), December 15, 1984 - January 27, 1985.  (BROCHURE)

Selected Press:

Bulkeley, William M. "These Avant-Garde Musical Scores May Stimulate Both Eyes and Ears," Wall Street Journal, December 14, 1984, p. 29 (second section cover).

Craigin, Sally. "Record Breakers," Boston Phoenix, January 22, 1985, Section 3, pp. 6-7.

Nordell, John. "Artists Make Noise," U.S. Rock/Boston Rock, February 1985, n.p.

Temin, Christine. "Perspectives," Boston Globe, January 24, 1985, p. 72.

Taylor, Robert. "Critics' Choice," Boston Globe, January 11, 1985, p. 35.


Lightwork: Contemporary Color Photography, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA, November 1985.

Selected Press:

Wise, Kelly. "Three Artists Show Explorations with Light," Boston Globe, November 2, 1984, p. 43.


New Color Photographs by Lorie Novak, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MA, February 1984.

Selected Press:

Wise, Kelly. "Lorie Novak Sets a Mood," Boston Globe, February 4, 1984, p. 9.