Lexington-based artist Becky Alley was the Kentucky finalist for the new Southern Prize, given by South Arts. In her mixed-media installation, she imbues ephemeral materials with weighty meaning. Leaves, yarn, and burnt matches, for example, represent fallen soldiers or civilian casualties in Iraq as a result of the US “Shock and Awe” campaign.
Alley earned an MFA in studio art from the University of Kansas in 2005, and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. She is currently gallery director and lecturer at the University of Kentucky and visiting instructor at Transylvania University.
Burnaway’s bi-weekly news roundup includes the digital preservation of Joe Minter's African Village in America, a newly proposed Creative Economy Revitalization Act, and April Parker becoming Managing Director of Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In Dreaming in Real Time, Tyler Mitchell isn’t picturing utopia. But through his lens, he is able to craft an image of Georgia that sees home as a place of contradiction.
Matt Shelton reviews the work of Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ahmed at ICA VCU.