W&L Art Exhibit/Artist Lecture & Reception: CHRISTA BOWDEN, EMILY GÓMEZ, ERNESTO GÓMEZ

January 09, 2020 - February 07, 2020

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Washington and Lee University
Lenfest Center for the Arts
Wilson Hall and Staniar Gallery
Lexington, VA 24450

Box Office 540-458-8000

"Cumberland Island: Land, Water, Wind, and Light"
Thursday, January 9-Friday thru Friday, February 7, 2020 in Wilson Hall/Staniar Gallery.

Artist Lecture & Reception: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5:30pm.
Lenfest Center/Wilson Hall Concert Hall and reception follows in Lykes Atrium.

In 2016, during the national park system centennial, artists Christa Bowden, Emily Gómez, and Ernesto Gómez began a multi-year collaborative project to document the unique biome of Cumberland Island, a barrier island about the size of Manhattan, located off the coast of Georgia. The island is one of seven Atlantic Coast national seashores, and a part of the national park system. Though it has escaped wide-scale development through expansive yet politically divisive preservation efforts, Cumberland Island, like all coastal areas, is incredibly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. With this project, the artists hope to expand the existing photographic documentation of Cumberland Island in order to increase awareness of its significance and fragility, as well as to provide a record for future generations, should the island be lost or irrevocably altered due to climate change. Christa Bowden is a Professor of Photography at Washington and Lee University. Emily Gómez and Ernesto Gómez both teach in the Department of Art at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Staniar Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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