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Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art presents Award-Winning Artist Bojana Ginn’s Exhibition: ‘Phygital Muse’
November 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 13, 2019
Exhibition Dates: September 19th – December 13th, 2019
The Mary S. Byrd Gallery is open Monday- Friday 10 AM – 4:30 PM.
Augusta University’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to announce that artist Bojana Ginn’s solo exhibition, Phygital Muse will premiere at the gallery September 19 – December 13, 2019. An opening reception will be held at the gallery, located in Washington Hall on the Summerville campus.
Bojana Ginn is one of sixteen finalists selected for the MAD Museum’s 2019 Burke Prize. A jury of professionals in art, craft, and design selected the sixteen artists as strong emerging voices under the age of forty-five, working in a medium of glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. As a finalist, Bojana Ginn’s work will be exhibited in New York alongside the other finalists’ work. The winner will be announced on November 4 at MAD Ball, an annual benefit gala and dinner hosted by the Museum, and will be awarded an unrestricted $50,000 prize.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the prestigious Ellsworth Kelly Award presented to the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art by the New York-based Foundation for Contemporary Arts through an invitation-only selective process in June of 2018.
Through Phygital Muse, Ginn proposes the role of the 21st Century artist is to reimagine the future and to open possibilities for keeping humanity soft, open, and connected in an ever-changing world powered by technology. Ginn’s installation surrounds visitors with materials that although powered by technology, references the natural world. Clouds of wool line the walls and create pathways along the floor of the gallery space providing visitors with an opportunity to discover and to reflect within an environment whose aesthetic continuously changes.
About Bojana Ginn
Bojana Ginn was born in in 1974 in the former Yugoslavia and currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Before pursuing an artistic career, Ginn received her M.D. from the University of Belgrade in 2001. After moving to the United States in 2002 to take a position in Emory University’s Biology Department, Ginn began to create art in her free time. Ginn eventually left the world of scientific academia, completing her M.F.A. in sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta in 2013. Ginn’s work, comprised of natural fibers and new media, seeks to connect the technological and natural worlds. Clouds of wool imbued with L.E.D. lights redefine how the viewer experiences the space around them. Ginn’s installation is tied to her study of transhumanism and create a “soft-space” for discovering the intimacies between humans and technology.
About the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art
The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, founded in 2010, is located on the campus of Augusta University in Augusta, GA. It is named in honor of its living patron and supporter, Mary S. Byrd. Through exhibitions of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists, the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art serves as a laboratory for student learning. In her role as the first full-time Gallery Director, Shannon Morris has worked with the University to make the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art a destination for contemporary art outside of a traditional metropolitan area.
About the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (F.C.A.)
Established in 1993, the Grants to Artists program provides recipients with the financial means to engage in whatever artistic endeavors they wish to pursue. Each year, a group of artists and arts professionals are invited by F.C.A. to propose one artist, collective, or performing group whom they believe would benefit from an award. The confidential submissions are then reviewed by an advisory panel comprised of artists, arts professionals, and F.C.A.’s Board of Directors and the recipients are selected. F.C.A. also assists artists and collectives who need urgent work-related funding through the Emergency Grants program; requests are reviewed monthly by a volunteer panel of established artists that typically awards grants of between $500 and $2,500. More than 3,000 grants awarded to artists and arts organizations—totaling over $13 million—have provided opportunities for creative exploration and development. To date, nearly 1,000 artists have made these grants possible by contributing paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs to the fifteen benefit exhibitions held over the years.
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