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Meet artists Larry Corio and Tom Hughes at April 23 reception in Franklin gallery

Charlene Hughes oil painting

UCOP ArtReach presents Portraits: The Observer and The Observed, an exhibit of paintings and drawings now showing in Franklin’s art gallery in and around room 12311.

Featured are works by local artists Larry Corio, senior program analyst in Education Partnerships, and Tom Hughes, husband of Charlene Hughes, who is also of Education Partnerships. A reception in their honor will be held Wednesday, April 23, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the gallery.

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“The goal of ArtReach is to have art displayed throughout the building and eventually create a UCOP art collection,” said Alfred White, executive assistant in External Relations, who installs and curates the exhibits. “We’d like to feature OP- and UC-affiliated artists who are willing to share what they do when they’re off the clock and creating.”

Originally from New York, Corio creates in pencil, ink and black-and-white photography. This showing, his first in the Bay Area, features intimate portraits he sketched while commuting on BART.

Tom Hughes, a former commercial illustrator from Boston, is exhibiting 12 oil paintings in the show, including portraits of Charlene and Sandra Wulff of UCOP’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Hughes’s paintings are in the collections of Bank of America, Boston Private Bank and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. His work can also be seen at Thomas Reynolds Fine Art in San Francisco and the Galerie du Coteau in Troo, France, among other galleries, and online at

White, himself an artist, started ArtReach in 2013 with support from Senior Vice President of External Relations Dan Dooley.

The gallery includes room 12311 and wall space along the northwest corner of the Franklin Building’s 12th floor, which faces Broadway and 12th Street.



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