“Still Flight,”an exhibition of recent work by artist Christa Kreeger Bowden will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from March 10 – 28, 2008. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Bowden resides in Lexington, Virginia. There, as an assistant professor of art at Washington and Lee University, she coordinates the photography program, teaching both traditional and digital photography. She received the B.A. in photography and film communication from Tulane University, and the M.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia.
Since 1996 Bowden has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues including The Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia), East Carolina University (Greenville), California State University (Pomona), Long Island University (New York), Bradley University (Illinois), and Seton Hall University (New Jersey), among others.
Bowden’s creative work explores the use of the flatbed scanner as a camera, as well as alternative and 19th century photographic processes. Regarding the work in “Still Flight,” where the subjects include dead winged creatures such as moths, hummingbirds, and bats, Bowden says the following: “These creatures are to me, first and foremost, visually interesting. They embody the idea of the still life, the nature morte, in that they are beautiful and worthy of artistic evaluation. It is the gift of photography that their beauty can be immortalized, and essentially transformed by the artist’s gaze. These are not biological studies of specimens, and these photographs are very definitely made, not taken.”
A reception for the artist will be held on Monday, March 10, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Hunt Gallery, which is located in the lower east wing of Hunt Hall on the Mary Baldwin University campus. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the College’s academic year.