Stomping Grounds, a collaborative drawing installation by Amanda Burnham and the University of the South art students

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Stomping Grounds, a collaborative drawing installation by Amanda
Burnham and the University of the South art students

Artist talk and opening reception Friday, November 6 at 4:30 PM

November 6-December 7, 2015

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is
pleased to present a collaborative drawing installation by artist
Amanda Burnham and the drawing and painting students from The
University of the South.

Amanda Burnham makes drawings and drawing installations based on her
explorations of and encounters with the city. Often working on site,
outside or in her car, she reads the landscape for found fragments of
language and records the poetics of vacant lots, moveable type signs,
billboards, and row houses with ink and other water-based media on
paper. She often pieces fragments together in a cumulative manner not
unlike the way the urban landscape is collectively authored over time.
Burnham expands upon these explorations in her drawing installations
by reassembling drawn fragments of landscape with explicit layering
and visibly taped and sutured seams. The resulting spaces call to mind
their sources while also describing a new landscape vision, forged as
the found pieces are adapted to the site against which they have been

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Burnham states, “Cities interest me as teeming containers for
everything. I admire the adaptive sensibility of tinkerers, patchers,
foragers, and those who make-do, like a friend who keeps pigeons in a
12’ x 12’ backyard, or my neighbors who pick spearmint from the front
garden of an abandoned home. I like seeing apartments become
organizing posts, lots become soccer pitches, and stoops become
gathering places. A conjoined block of back porches, cellular in
appearance, but as various as its inhabitants, is my favorite view.”

For Stomping Grounds, Burnham will collaborate with senior art majors
and students currently enrolled in drawing and painting courses at
Sewanee to create the exhibition. Working over a number of days, the
final installation will explore Sewanee as a Place, as Burhnam asks
students to consider what defines Sewanee for them. She will ask the
students questions such as, “What makes Sewanee different from other
places?” and, “How would you typify where you live to an outsider?”
Students will be collecting drawn and photographic images they make
themselves as inspiration for the work, which will cover the Carlos
Gallery in the Nabit Art Building.

Burnham’s work has been exhibited widely; selected venues include the
Volta Art Fair (Basel, Switzerland), Halle Nord (Geneva, Switzerland),
the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Aldrich Museum of
Contemporary Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, Artisphere, the Urban
Institute of Contemporary Art, the Cranbrook Institute of Art,
Benrimon Contemporary (NYC), Bridge Gallery (NYC), Christina Ray
Gallery (NYC), Dorsch Gallery (Miami) and GV/AS Gallery (Brooklyn,
NY). In the Baltimore/DC area, her work has been featured by Maryland
Art Place, the Creative Alliance, School 33, EMP Collective, the
Silber Gallery, the Julio Art Gallery, the Gormley Gallery, MICA, d
center, the Stamp Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery (DC), and Transformer
(DC). She received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State
Arts Council in 2010 and 2013, a Rubys Artist Award in 2014, and a
Creative Baltimore/Mayor’s Individual Artist Award in 2014. In 2015,
she was an artist in residence at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in
Geneva, Switzerland, and in summer 2016, she will be an artist in
residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. A graduate
of Harvard University (BA) and Yale University (MFA), she is presently
an Associate Professor at Towson University.

More of Burnham’s work can be seen at

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -