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DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY

Shannon Bewley

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, STUDIO ART

Bewley currently works as the Biggin Gallery Student Assistant and has interned in the Education Department of the Birmingham Museum of Art. She has received numerous scholarships and grants, including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Rome. In 2015, she was honored with the Joyce and Roger Lethander Purchase Award for her sculpture featured in the “2015 Fine Art Student Juried Exhibition” held at Biggin Gallery in Auburn, AL. She has curated Roma: Sketchbooks and Drawings (2015) at Fieldwork Projects in Auburn, AL and several solo exhibitions. She is president of the Studio 5 Art History Association, and is an active member of the Association of Visual Artists and Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society.

Bewley’s work highlights the fluid relationship between the environment and the body. Her works manipulate a range of subtle influences on the exhibition space to highlight audiences’ relationships and perceptions of their surroundings as part of the contextual relationship between viewer, place, and art. Self-Contained, originating from a self-portrait, illustrates the environment’s influence on the inner self. The figurative steel form simultaneously cages, shapes, and supports the pliable plaster within in the same manner in which external factors influence consciousness.

Self-Contained, steel and plaster, 17” x 24” x 10”, 2015

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