“Make Up,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Stacey Davidson, will be on view at Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery from Feb. 13 to March 15. The artist will give a public lecture at a closing reception for the exhibit on March 13 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall on the campus of W&L.
In her work, Davidson explores the genre of portraiture in painting and sculpture, using each method of figural representation to inform the other. Trained as a painter, she decided to pursue sculpture in order to make three-dimensional doll forms that would serve as subjects. From the wigs to the costumes, her cast of characters is meticulously handcrafted.
The artist has created a sculptural installation specifically for the Staniar Gallery, reacting to architectural details in the exhibition space.
Davidson received a B.F.A. in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Cincinnati. She recently relocated to Rock Hill, S.C., where she is an assistant professor of fine arts at Winthrop University. She previously lived in St. Paul, Minn., for 14 years as a practicing artist and teacher.
Davidson’s work is in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is represented by Marlborough Gallery, N.Y.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.