Thursday, August 22, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media 304-696-3296

Solo exhibit features drawings of Amanda Burnham

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Visiting artist Amanda Burnham will be featured in a solo exhibition beginning next week at the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

The exhibit opens Monday, Aug. 26, and will feature a site-specific installation of drawings, created on site in the days before. A public reception for the artist will take place Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“I make drawings as a way of exploring cities, an exercise that began when I moved to Baltimore years ago,” Burnham said. “More recently, I've been developing a series of installations . . .  this new trajectory allows me to experiment with the forms that interest me on a large scale  . . .  These ‘wall drawings’ afford me . . .  the chance to more aggressively make use of space, to dramatize the page with atmospheric lighting and to envelop/implicate the viewer.”

Burnham earned her B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Harvard University, and her M.F.A. in visual and environmental studies from Yale University. She is currently an assistant professor and foundations coordinator at Towson University in Towson, Md. Burnham has exhibited her work in venues nationally and internationally, with recent installations at Volta 7 in Basel, Switzerland, and in solo exhibitions at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, at Benrimon Contemporary in New York City, and at the Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Fla.

The exhibition at Marshall will be on display until Oct. 11. The Birke Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays.


Photo: Hood (2011) by Amanda Burnham, a drawing installation of paint, paper and tape at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C. An exhibition of Burnham’s work will take place at Marshall University beginning Monday, Aug. 26.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197