64 S G M A G A Z I N E | FA L L 2 0 1 8 preliminary drawings that will be exhibited to show the process leading up to the finished work.” A Healing Process Zaccari explained that a retrospective exhibit represents how an artist’s aesthetics has changed over time. “As artists, we use different techniques and imagery to achieve different end results,” said Zaccari, who served as president of Valdosta State University from 2002 to 2008. “A retrospective is presented to the viewer as a way to demonstrate or show change.” Often artists consider a retrospective exhibit as a signal that they are no longer producing new works of art; however, Zaccari believes his exhibit is an awakening, an opportunity to introduce new art forms. “I have several landscape paintings in the exhibit, which is new for me,” he said. “The paintings are of the Georgia Highlands and are created using a technique of painting with acrylic over tissue paper. The crinkling of the paper allows the texture to appear.” Zaccari began planning for the retrospective exhibit in early 2017. At the time, he was battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer that required nine months of chemotherapy and radiation. “During the time I was undergoing the cancer treatment, I was isolated at home,” Zaccari said. “My doctors encouraged me not to go As artists, we use different techniques and imagery to achieve different end results. A retrospective is presented to the viewer as a way to demonstrate or show change. - RONALD M. ZACCARI Ronald M. Zaccari began planning for his retrospective exhibit in early 2017. The exhibit includes more than 310 pieces of artwork.