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Archer and Lepage Awarded Virginia Humanities Grant The $7,000 Virginia Humanities grant will support an upcoming exhibit in Staniar Gallery.

Adriana Corral, Unearthed: Desenterrado, 2018. The project is produced, curated, and supported by Black Cube. Photo courtesy of Anaïs Acosta, Dr. Yolanda Leyva, and the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Clover Archer, director of Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University, and Andrea Lepage, associate professor of art history, have been awarded a $7,000 Virginia Humanities grant for an upcoming exhibit in Staniar Gallery.

Andrea Lepage

The funding from Virginia Humanities will support the production of a full-color, 100-page bilingual Spanish-English catalog to accompany Texas-based artist Adriana Corral’s exhibition, which will be on view in the gallery in April 2019.

The catalog will include essays written by the artist, a historian, an art historian, a curator and a collaborator, as well as a lived-experience testimonial and an introduction by the gallery director. To ensure the highest possible accessibility, all text will be professionally translated into Spanish to create a bilingual publication that will be distributed to the public at no cost.

Clover Archer

“We are thrilled to have the support of Virginia Humanities to realize this project around the work of Adriana Corral,” Archer said. “Corral’s recent work explores timely issuesborders, immigration and citizenshipthat can be challenging to discuss. We hope that examining these issues through the lens of Corral’s artworks opens up the possibility for in-depth conversations based on empathy and reflection and education rather than division.”

The exhibition is Corral’s most recent trans-media project (installation, performance and sculpture) that investigates universal themes of loss, human rights violations, concealment and memory. Her new body of work looks at the historical treatment of Mexican manual laborers and farm workers who passed through official U.S. processing centers in the early- and mid-20th century.

For more information about Staniar Gallery and upcoming exhibits, please click here.