February 4, 2011 — The South is the subject matter of "Yes, Sunlight," an exhibition that opens at the University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery on Feb. 14 and runs through March 18.
The exhibit features works by two contemporary female photographers, Terri Weifenbach and Angela West.
West will give a lecture on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 160, and there will be a Final Friday reception at the gallery on Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
In her work, West explores nature and the place of community. Her color photogrpahy includes portrait studies of small-town teenage girls, landscape explorations of neighborhoods and still lifes that represent the passing of time.
Weifenbach delights in the "common and available" found in suburbia, and her work captures images in and around the suburban home. She gives equal weight to what is in and out of focus and challenges viewers to see the world around them in a new way.
"Our focus in Ruffin on female photographers is in one part a response to our current departmental demographics," William Wylie, head of the photography program in the College of Arts & Sciences' McIntire Department of Art. "Roughly 80 percent of art and photography students are female, and we have not done a significant exhibition featuring female photographers in over 10 years."
West lives in Atlanta and received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at Modern 07 in Munich, Germany, and the Smithsonian in Washington, and is included in the permanent collections of The High Museum of Art in Atlanta Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Weifenbach is an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., where she lives and works. Five monographs feature her color landscape photographs including "In Your Dreams" (1977), "Hunter Green" (2000) and "Lana" (2002). She recently collaborated with photographer John Gossage on the publication "Snake Eyes." Her work is included in the collections at the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, Ariz.; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; Museum Ludwig in Koln, Germany; and Sprengel Museum Hanover in Hanover, Germany.
The exhibit is funded by Art Enhancement and the Photography Program in the McIntire Department of Art.