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New Image Gallery features contemporary photography and new media by regional, national and international artists. The gallery is co-located with ArtWorks Gallery in a second-floor loft space in the former Graves Electric building. Exhibitions change at least twice per semester and are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History and other partners.

For more information, contact Corinne Diop at 540.568.6485.

New Image Gallery
131 W. Grace Street 
Harrisonburg, Va. 22801


Hours
Wednesday - Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, noon-2 p.m.

Regular gallery hours during the academic year only. Other times by appointment only.

CURRENT EXHIBITION
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Murmuration counters expectations of a conventional exhibition series.

The show will have three variations, each adding to the previous, reshaping and building in complexity as the series evolves, creating a harmony of imagery and narrative from nine Virginia women artists. The exhibition will grow with additional work on Feb. 12 and March 18.

“Last summer, while I was watching the senate hearings, I started to think about ways that women are not heard or, by choice, stay silent and wait,” said Rebecca Silberman, one of the featured artists and a professor of art at JMU who is curating Murmuration.

“I wanted to put together a project that would build into a kind of chorus of collective ideas and voices to counteract the moment of hopelessness. Days later, I fortuitously discovered the book ‘When Women Were Birds’ by Terry Tempest Williams. The opening passages are blank, an invitation to imagine/reimagine the words left unspoken or the stories that can be told moving forward.”

In addition to a callback to Williams’ book title, the exhibition title Murmuration comes from “the idea that the whole series is one single thing, in a kind of responsive, creative flux, like the magic one witnesses in watching a bird murmuration,” according to Silberman.

Murmuration

Murmuration I: Jan. 29


Nava Levenson: project manager for InLight at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Va. (JMU B.F.A. ‘17) https://www.navalevenson.com/
Martha Saunders: assistant professor of art, Mary Baldwin University http://martha-saunders.com/
Rebecca Silberman: show curator, professor of art (photography) at JMU https://www.rebecca-silberman.com/

Murmuration II: Feb. 12


Corinne Diop: professor of art (photography) at JMU (JMU B.S.) https://www.facebook.com/corinne.diop.studio/
Julia Merkel: preservation specialist for JMU Libraries Special Collections (JMU M.F.A ’92) https://juliamerkelfineart.weebly.com/index.html
Kristin Skees: senior lecturer at Christopher Newport University https://www.kristinskees.com/

Murmuration III: March 18


Christa Bowden: professor of art at Washington and Lee http://www.christabowden.com/
Dymph de Wild: assistant professor of art (studio art) at JMU (JMU M.F.A ’12) http://dymphdewild.com/
Rosemary Jesionowski: associate professor of studio art at University of Mary Washington http://rosemarykate.wordpress.com/

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