The community is invited to join the Department of Art + Design for a reception and conversation with artist Gabrielle Torres on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. Torres’ latest exhibit, “Wilton Street Rhythm,” will be on display in the Lander Art Gallery inside the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center beginning Aug. 22 through Sept. 22. The reception and visits to the gallery are free and open to the public, and the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Gabrielle Torres' work seeks to expose the balance between materiality and meaning. Her art aims to decompose compartmentalization, blurring the lines of what we, humanity, presume to know. She uses materiality as the foundation and, at times, the focus in an attempt to engender questions and thoughts from her audience. Torres was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. She recently completed the MFA program in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design. Although Philadelphia, is her birthplace, Sumter, South Carolina, is where she was raised, attending Lander University for Visual Arts. Torres now teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design while pursuing her career as an artist. She shows regularly with September Gray Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, where she recently partnered for gallery representation.
Torres has recently been featured in “Savannah Morning News” and “Savannah Now” magazine as artist of the month April Edition; the following month, she was the 912 Featured Artist. In addition to the Lander exhibit, Torres has another solo show at the Sumter Gallery of Art at the end of August. Her work has been in several solo shows thus far in her blossoming career: one at Savannah State, and in Hampton, South Carolina. Sulfur Studio also chose Torres as its August 2022 resident. Torres had the privilege of working for the talented artist Suzanne Jackson, from whom she gains much inspiration. Currently, her focus is to continue to use her platform in the arts to create a conversation and use site-specific relational art to form a bond with specific audiences she would like to reach.
Please visit www.lander.edu/events for updates and to confirm event times and venues. For questions, please contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 864-388-8323, or email Courtney Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.