Murmuration III, photographed Sept. 21, 2020

New Image Gallery allows visitors to view the exhibition one at a time to allow for social distancing.

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

W/Th, 2-4 p.m.
F/Sa, 12-2 p.m.

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

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 will present a continuation of the exhibition series, Murmuration

Murmuration counters expectations of a conventional exhibition series.

In the spring, Murmuration had three variations, each adding to the previous, reshaping and building in complexity as the series evolved, creating a harmony of imagery and narrative from nine Virginia women artists. Now, during the fall semester, Variations III, II and I will be removed and rearranged in a reverse installation, a continuation on the theme of interaction, flux and annual migration. Timelapse videos of the process will be posted here as they are available.

“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 III: Sept. 9

Christa Bowden: professor of art at Washington and Lee
Dymph de Wild: assistant professor of art (studio art) at JMU (JMU M.F.A ’12)
Rosemary Jesionowski: associate professor of studio art at University of Mary Washington

Murmuration II: Sept. 30

Corinne Diop: professor of art (photography) at JMU (JMU B.S.)
Julia Merkel: preservation specialist for JMU Libraries Special Collections (JMU M.F.A ’92)
Kristin Skees: senior lecturer at Christopher Newport University

Murmuration I: Oct. 28

Nava Levenson: project manager for InLight at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Va. (JMU B.F.A. ‘17)
Martha Saunders: assistant professor of art, Mary Baldwin University
Rebecca Silberman: show curator, professor of art (photography) at JMU


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