Biggin Gallery

Cynthia Farnell: Ancestors

February 5 - March 12, 2015

Lecture and Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5 @ 5 p.m. in Biggin 005

The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is pleased to announce Ancestors, an exhibition by Cynthia Farnell. The show opens in Biggin Gallery on February 5, 2015, and runs through March 12. There will be an artist lecture on Thursday, February 5 at 5 p.m. in Biggin 005, and a public reception will follow. 

Farnell's project is an exploration of cultural memory through recontextualized photographic images. She mingles imagery from personal, vernacular and archival sources, creating ethereal archetypal narratives. The works on paper, sculpture and projection are presented in an installation format as an interconnected whole. Via the intertextual relationships among images, Farnell considers photography, death and the roles of ancestral memory in the post-modern world.

Cynthia Farnell uses lens-based media to explore the meanings of community, place and identity in contemporary life. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in the collections of The International Center of Photography, The Jule Collins Smith and the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museums. She earned her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, her B.F.A. from Auburn University and a Certificate of the General Studies of Photography from the International Center of Photography.

Her studio and curatorial projects have been supported by grants from The Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, The Consulate General of France in Atlanta, Fulton County Arts and Culture, The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University, the Humanities Council South Carolina and the South Carolina Arts Commission, among others.

Farnell lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is the director of The Welch School Galleries at Georgia State University.


Our Mission

Our mission is to present a stimulating, innovative program of exhibitions, lectures and special events that: develop understanding of artist expression in all its diversity; encourage cultural and intellectual awareness within the academic and civic communities; and, complement the Department of Art and Art History curriculum while contributing to the broader goals of the College of Liberal Arts and Auburn University.

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