Return to the Nest, an exhibition of work by former W&L photo students, will be open in Lykes Atrium (and adjacent hallways) in Wilson Hall from Nov. 12 through Dec. 12. This exhibition is curated and organized by Staniar Gallery student interns, Leigh Kendrick and Caroline Schmidt, and will be held in conjunction with W&L art professor Christa Bowden’s sabbatical show, Roots and Nests, which will run concurrently in the gallery.
The four artists included in the group exhibition all studied under Bowden during their time as undergraduate photography students. Amy Harbilas and Michael O’Brien, of the Class of 2010, Dana Statton, of the Class of 2009, and Calder Wilson, of the Class of 2011, have all pursued careers as photographers after graduating from college.
Harbilas received her M.F.A. in photography from Temple University in May 2012. O’Brien maintains an art studio in Staunton, Va. Statton received her M.F.A. in photography from Louisiana State University in May 2011. Wilson is a professional editorial photographer living and working in Winterhaven, Fla.
The student curators, seniors Leigh Kendrick and Caroline Schmidt, are creating this exhibit for the arts management course in the Department of Art and Art History. This unique project provides the students with direct experience in the entire exhibition process from working with the artists to selecting artworks and publicizing the show.
Lykes Atrium is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.