“The Drawings of Rome” an exhibit by Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Stan Mathews, will remain in place at the Red Dove Tavern through mid-January. The exhibit, which opened Nov. 20, features 10 drawings of various buildings from different historical periods of Rome, ranging from antiquity to as recently as 2006.
Last spring, Mathews and his wife, Professor of Art Patricia Mathews, led about 30 HWS students on a semester abroad to Rome. There, he and his students produced many drawings of Roman architecture and became intimately familiar with the buildings.
“Each drawing required between three and six hours, sometimes over several days,” explains Mathews. “That act of concentrating on one building for that long becomes rather meditative, and I got to know each building much more intimately than if I had only photographed it and walked on. I have detailed memories of each of these buildings, as well as of the experience of drawing it, and of the many Italian people whom I met while I drew.”
Mathews joined the HWS faculty in 2000. He received his B.A. from Beloit College, his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also attended the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author of “From Agit-Prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price.”