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Virginia Tech Art Professor Exhibits in Staniar Gallery

Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to present Reading Room, an exhibit of drawings, photographs and sketchbooks by Travis Head. The show will be on view Nov. 10 – Dec. 16.

Head will give a public artist’s talk on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist.

Head’s work is inspired by a diaristic impulse to commemorate experience and examine the function of memory. He lists, inventories and diagrams everything from the banal to the significant in his meticulous drawings and detailed sketchbooks, which he considers finished works of art. He speaks of his works as souvenirs and often includes landscape imagery evocative of postcards.

Head earned his B.A. in studio art from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he was the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship and the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship.

His drawings and artist’s books have been exhibited throughout the United States. His collective, The Fylfot Fellows Correspondence Club, has exhibited nationally, as well as in Norway and Qatar. Head is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Art.

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.