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New Work by W&L’s Christa Kreeger Bowden on View at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery

— by on March 4th, 2008

“Still Flight,” an exhibition of recent work by artist Christa Kreeger Bowden, assistant professor of art at Washington and Lee University, will be on view at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery from March 10 – 28, 2008. At W&L, Bowden coordinates the photography program, teaching both traditional and digital photography.

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, “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.”

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, N.C.), California State University (Pomona), Long Island University (New York), Bradley University (Illinois) and Seton Hall University (New Jersey), among others.

Bowden received the B.A. in photography and film communication from Tulane University, and the M.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia. She is a native of Atlanta, Ga.

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 College campus. 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. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2007-2008 academic year can be found online at http://www.mbc.edu/college/events/huntgallery.asp.

The public is invited to attend.