Travis Head Reading Room

November 10 - December 16

Artist's Talk and Exhibit Reception:
December 3, 5:30pm
Wilson Hall's Concert Hall

Travis Head's work is inspired by a diaristic impulse to commemorate experience and examine the function of memory. He lists, inventories, and diagrams everything from the banal to the significant in his meticulous drawings and detailed sketchbooks, which Head considers finished works of art. He speaks of his works as souvenirs and often includes landscape imagery evocative of postcards. The exploration of the relationship between text and image expresses a desire to make tangible and pay tribute to the residue of passing time. This exhibition will feature a selection of graphite drawings and sketchbooks as well as series of photographs of the journals open to highlight a specific notation.  Travis Head earned his BA in studio art from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, and his MA and MFA degrees in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he was the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship and the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship. His drawings and artist's books have been exhibited throughout the United States. His collective, The Fylfot Fellows Correspondence Club, has exhibited nationally, as well as in Norway and Qatar. He has had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Yaddo artist community in New York State, and the Kunstnarhuset Messen in Norway. Travis Head is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech's School of Visual Art in Blacksburg, VA.

To learn more about Travis Head's work, visit his website:

Above: Fears, 2013, photographic print, 9.5 x 11.5 inches