"Diametric," an exhibit by Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts faculty member Simone Paterson, will be on exhibit at the Perspective Gallery March 19 through May 11. 

An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. 

The Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor in Squires Student Center. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Paterson is an associate professor of new media art and chair of studio in the School of Visual Arts, College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  "Diametric" is a collection of sculpture and digital media artwork created by Paterson. She wrote that the quality of light is dramatically different in the Appalachian Mountains than in the land of her birth. 

“In Australia the light is intense, sharp and at times blinding.  Here, the mountain light is filtered through a veil of moisture, a gentle caress of pastel hues as vistas open up before you on the trail.” Paterson is also concerned with the aesthetic possibilities of technology and her work addresses the impact of technology on our lived experience. 

With a visitor’s pass, parking is available for Squires Student Center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours.

After 5 p.m., free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

Written by Tracy Price.