This Familiar Space

Stacey Evans

May 1, 2020 – July 17, 2020

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present “This Familiar Space”, an exhibition of work by Stacey Evans in collaboration with high school students from Charlottesville and our sister city of Besançon, France, Charlottesville artist Nina Burke, and Besançon artist Gabriel Hopson. The exhibition opened virtually on Friday, May 1, 2020 at and will remain on view online through July 17, 2020. The gallery will offer a digital workshop with the artist on Wednesday afternoons from May 13-27. This three part workshop will feature an artist’s talk, a collage activity, and a virtual critique with the group.

Evans grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia, and now lives and works as an artist, educator, and commercial photographer in Charlottesville. She studied photography at VCU and received a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Evans has exhibited at Second Street Gallery, New City Arts, and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, Page Bond Gallery and Artspace in Richmond, as well as numerous exhibitions in California, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas. She holds adjunct faculty positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and formerly at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

"This Familiar Space" focuses on Evans’ artist residency in Charlottesville’s sister city of Besançon, France. A portion of the residency involved workshops between students from Charlottesville High School and Lycée Louis Pasteur in Besançon. Stacey presented the students with the creative task of altering landscape photographs she made in both cities. Through making photo collages, students examined the architecture, geography, and essential materials of each environment, cutting and ripping pictures into shapes to reconstruct a layered image merging the two regions. The students made over 50 collages. 

The exhibition’s format responds to the current COVID-19 crisis and the necessity to maintain social distancing. Originally scheduled to open to the public at Second Street Gallery’s gallery space in the City Center for Contemporary Arts building in Downtown Charlottesville, Second Street Gallery has been forced to explore alternative digital spaces with online exhibitions and virtual programming. By taking the exhibition online, Second Street Gallery is able to expand its reach beyond just Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. "This Familiar Space" has turned into a global exhibition, accessible to everyone with internet access.

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Read C-Ville Weekly's article about the exhibition HERE.

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Sister Cities Commission and Franche Comté Virginie.