Narrative Portraiture Opening Reception


The UCBA Art Gallery will be hosting a reception this Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. We are celebrating the opening of the current exhibition, Narrative Portraiture. This show will be on display from February 6 – March 13, 2017 and features the work of five artists: Kathryn Jill Johnson (Huntsville, AL), Melanie Johnson (Prairie Village, KS), Boryana Rusenova-Ina (Columbus, Ohio), Stafford Smith (Grand Rapids, MI) and William Paul Thomas (Chapel Hill, NC). The work in the exhibition has been selected because these artists all use various techniques to present portraits of human subjects that tell stories. The work consists of painting, drawing, fabric, photography and video.

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New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities


Totem and Tableaux: The Elegiac Photography of Hannah Maynard

by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.55-63.

Abstract: Although there is no evidence that Canadian photographer Hannah Maynard (1834–1918) produced post-mortem photographic images in her fifty-year-long career as a portraitist, she did create a kind of recurring elegy to the dead in many of her experimental images. Apparition-like photo-statuary of living subjects posed in typical Victorian allegories of death appear frequently in her work. She also created complex multiple exposures, some of which include purposefully placed portraits of dead family members, photographed in life. Maynard’s images, employing techniques of collage and “re-photography,” work to level distinctions between the living and dead.