Laura Tanner Graham, assistant professor of art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona, will display her work Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 22 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building on the campus of Furman University.
Regular Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A reception including a talk with the artist is set for Monday, Feb. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Roe Art Building.
The reception and exhibition, “Everything That Rises,” are free and open to the public and are presented by the Furman University Department of Art.
Tanner Graham’s work references historical socio-political events to probe the contradictions between perceived and experienced narratives in contemporary Western society. Implementing appropriated and invented imagery, she says her work “exposes the unceasing current of systemic colonialism.”
In a statement, Tanner Graham says, “My drawings act as a visual archive of research that examines the consequences of American colonialism and addresses the sense of white fragility that continues to pervade Western culture.
“In the midst of widespread anxiety over the collective American identity, there has been a revival of many of the country’s unresolved historical battles, including contentious race relations, sexism, nativism and an ever-growing wage gap. I employ the Americana aesthetic of the old South to parallel historical and contemporary acts of resistance to racial, economic and gender diversity.”
Tanner Graham has exhibited nationally in both group and solo exhibitions including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans. She has been invited to participate in several national art fairs including Pulse!, Miami; Prospect.4 in New Orleans; and the Art on Paper fair during Armory week in New York City.
She has also served as a visiting artist at several academic institutions, among them, Tulane University and the University of Alabama.
Her work has been supported through fellowships and residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University.
Learn more about Laura Tanner Graham at https://lauratannerart.com. Or for more information, contact the Furman University Department of Art at 864-294-2995. Release is online: http://bit.ly/2CtDsCq.