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Bondy Lectures on Staniar Gallery Exhibit

Barb Bondy will present a lecture on her Staniar Gallery exhibition of drawings and photographs at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall at Washington and Lee University.

Bondy’s exhibition, “Suspension,” will be on view from Oct. 2 to Oct. 31 in Staniar Gallery. It was one of two exhibits on display at W&L in October. The other is “Drawing Italy 2013,” a biannual exhibition featuring drawings and paintings by W&L art students, which will be exhibited on the second floor of Wilson Hall in the Lenfest Center at the same time.

Bondy’s exhibition presents drawings, photographs and works on paper that revolve around her extensive investigation into the act of sleeping. As a fundamental necessity for survival, sleep reflects what it means to be human while as the suspension of consciousness, the sleep state itself can share characteristics with art — mysterious, rejuvenating and unpredictable.

The artist uses a variety of methodologies to explore the relationship between art and sleep. Projects include an interdisciplinary piece created in collaboration with a geographic information specialist to create a topographical map of her bed and work. This was done during an intensive residency in which she spent 30 days and nights sleeping and working in a public art gallery.

Bondy is an associate professor of art at Auburn University. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada and she was recently the recipient of a fellowship grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

During alternating spring terms, Kathleen Olson, professor of art, leads a class abroad in Italy to experience the vibrant artistic traditions of Italy. The Drawing Italy students paint and draw on location as they travel through Rome, Florence, Umbria and Tuscany. Over the course of the month, students create a body of work inspired by Italy’s light-drenched landscape and historical architecture.

There will be a reception for the student artists of “Drawing Italy” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. The event in Wilson Hall’s Lykes Atrium will recognize the work of student artists Ebony Bailey, Brady Bates, Alee Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Sara King, Colton Klein, Emily Leventhal, Alexandra Minor and Will Travis.

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.