Leigh Ann Beavers Reconciliation
Studio, Raphine,VA; photo documentation; 2020
In the Gallery
January 19 - February 18, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click HERE to view the recorded Artist's Lecture.
About The Exhibition
In her post-sabbatical exhibition, Washington and Lee Art Professor Leigh Ann Beavers will present recent work from her mixed-media project that is a creative expression of reconciliation ecology, a branch of conservation biology seeking to preserve biodiversity in the midst of human development. Stemming from an urgent, personal imperative to recognize each individual species in her immediate environment, Beavers' drawings, prints, collages, and installations draw attention to the myriad forms of life on the edges of our backyards, fields, and roadsides. In her statement, she notes: "We are but one of 8.7 million species sharing this planet. As many conservationists have pointed out, no one will work to save what doesn't have a name, what they don't know exists." Leigh Ann Beavers teaches Drawing and Printmaking at W&L. She holds her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madision. She spent portions of the last eight summers in residence on Aughnish Island in Ireland working on this project which has been exhibited at Courthouse Gallery (Kinvara, Ireland); Roanoke College (Salem, VA); and Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC).
If you aren't able to be on campus to view Professor Beavers' exhibition, check out the virtual gallery tour: https://3d.wlu.edu/staniar_gallery/Leigh_Ann_Beavers/index.htm
To navigate the virtual exhibition:
The tour opens with the view of Wall 1. Each of the 3 walls can be selected from the thumbnail images at the bottom of your screen for better viewing.
- Select a wall to explore.
- Click and drag the image to pan around the room.
- Hover over and click on each piece for a closer view and the label information.
- These views and the label windows can be closed by clicking the X in the upper right corner.
- Some artworks have multiple components with details presented in a slideshow format, which can be advanced using the arrows on either side of the pop-up window.