The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's mission is to promote smart and relevant works of art by emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists. The Gallery strives to serve as a laboratory for student learning and seeks to enrich the lives of community members.
The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is the proud recipient of the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the solo exhibition of work by artist Bojana Ginn.
Shannon Morris serves as Gallery Director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Art and Design and the Honor's Program. As Gallery Director, she works with artists and arts professionals to serve AU and the local community. The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation selected her proposal for a solo show by Atlanta-based artist Bojana Ginn for the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award, bringing recognition to the university. Morris's relationship with the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy, provides the Department of Art and Design faculty with international exhibition opportunities. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1 p.m. (Gallery)
Augusta University | Washington Hall 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Summerville Campus
"She didn't really follow a rabbit down the hole, but she thought it was a good story." by Teresa Bramlette Reeves, September 14 – October 20, 2022, with a reception and artist's talk occurring at 1 p.m. on September 14 inside the Gallery. The Byrd show follows an exhibition featuring many of the same works recently presented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta. It is inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice, who follows a rabbit down a hole and into an inverted world inhabited by characters who challenge her sense of who she is and what she knows. Rather than a coming-of-age story, her project envisions Alice’s journey as a way to explore a different kind of transition—the move into one’s final decades. The work relates a loose narrative of a woman who enters into this new world, but after some exploration, starts to plot an escape that will never succeed.
In collaboration with this exhibition, Augusta University Cinema Series will present Jan Svankmajer's ALICE on September 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Maxwell Theatre on Summerville Campus. Dr. Bramlette Reeves will introduce the film.
Born in Athens, Georgia, Teresa Bramlette Reeves holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia, an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Georgia.
Atlanta's Whitespace Gallery represents her work. She is also represented by Althea Viafora Gallery, the Information Gallery in New York, and ID Galerie in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition to solo exhibitions supported by commercial venues, institutions such as Jersey City Museum, P.S. 1 Museum, and White Columns feature her work for solo projects. Her work is curated into shows in Atlanta, New Orleans, NYC, Cologne, and Paris. Bramlette Reeves holds a Pollock-Krasner Grant and Fellowship Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Cite International des Arts (Paris), The Hambidge Center, and the P.S. 1 National Studio Program.
Before teaching at Georgia State University (2001-11), Bramlette Reeves worked as
the Curatorial Assistant at New York City institutions: The New Museum of Contemporary
Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and Artists Space. Additionally, she served as Assistant
to the Director of The New York Kunsthalle, the Gallery Director and Curator for the
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Zuckerman
Museum of Art. She also completed a Fulbright US Scholar residency in 2016/17 while
working with the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. As a part of the curatorial
collective Selvage, she and her fellow members recently organized, A Most Favorable
Soil for the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland (November 2019- February 2020), and
Flow, a multi-venue exhibition, parade, and pool party event in Tuscaloosa, May 2022.