KAM Exhibition | Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Thu - 10.29.2020 - ALL DAY

Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr., Champaign


Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography through constructed images often made with alternative photographic processes. The first large-scale retrospective of her fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory demonstrates this celebrated artist’s experimental approaches to art-making.

Combining craft and photography, Nettles’s work makes use of wide-ranging tools and materials, including fabric and stitching, instamatic cameras, the book format, manually applied color, and hand‐coated photographic emulsions. Her imagery evokes metaphors that reference key stages in the lives of women, often with autobiographic undertones, and her key motifs draw upon mythology, family, motherhood, place, landscape, dreams, aging, and the passage of time.

Co-organized by Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director, The Sheldon Art Galleries, and Jamie Allen, Associate Curator, George Eastman Museum

Curated at Krannert Art Museum by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Julia Nucci Kelly