EDGED OUT: An exhibition of work from an artist residency in herpetology

Artist Ashley Cecil announces her latest exhibition Edged Out

For the last five months I’ve either been in a science lab or my studio. On June 28, I hope you’ll come celebrate the light of day with me at the opening of my latest exhibition, Edged Out.

The exhibition is a series of paintings and sculptural works about human influence on nature. The artworks specifically focus on the vulnerable state of amphibians, a modern canary in the coal mine offering us a prophetic glance at what lies ahead for all inhabitants of an ailing environment.

These artworks are visual translations of research conducted by the Richards-Zawacki Herpetology Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. During my six-month artist residency at the lab, I’ve immersed myself in scientific topics represented in this exhibition, such as habitat loss, disease and conservation methods.

Please RSVP here for the opening reception June 28, 6-9 PM.
A public reception will follow. The Frick Environmental Center is located at 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Until then, get your fix by perusing this photo archive of the residency unfolding…

Ashley Cecil shares her artist residency at a herpetology lab on Instagram


Four exhibitions in five months

From Pittsburgh to Austin to Baltimore, my work is finding its way to new galleries.

2017 has been a nonstop blur of activity, including participation in several group shows around the US. Each exhibition booked thus far is listed below, but I have the most to say about Wall Paintings: Storytellers because, well, I spent eight hours making my piece on the actual gallery wall. The group show of local artists was curated by Robert Raczka, a gentleman I met while installing a drawing on the taxidermy cases in Bird Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Getting the obvious sense that I enjoy making art on non-traditional surfaces, Robert asked if I would be interested in contributing to this show, which is up at SPACE in downtown Pittsburgh through September 3.

For this exhibition, I wanted to stay with the same theme that Robert first associated with me – birds and natural history. I was fortunate to get a spot in the gallery close to the front window, which was perfect for my painted illustration of the problem of bird-window collisions. Here’s a sequence of progress shots as the painting unfolded:

 

As gallery visitors rolled in, it was encouraging to hear people ask about solutions to the problem and taking photos of the artwork to save the BirdSafe Pittsburgh website for reference. I explained some of the volunteer opportunities with BirdSafe Pittsburgh and directed them to websites where they find a list of products available for installation on their own windows to prevent the problem as well as my own bird-safe window films.

And for kicks, this is me early on in the process before I was sweating profusely in the summer heat with swollen ankles. As it turns out, being seven months pregnant is not a comfortable time to be on your feet all day. Being that the event was such an enormous success, it was all well worth it.

But Wall Paintings was only one of four shows for me this year. Here are the others I have/had the honor of contributing one or more of my BirdSafe Pittsburgh-inspired paintings on paper:

Life as We Knew It at Art.Science.Gallery

Life As We Knew It, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, May 2017

Artist Ashley Cecil participates in Art of Facts, an exhibition at the Heinz History Center

Art of Facts: Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA, July 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018

Birdland and the Anthropocene at the Peale Center

Birdland and the Anthropocene, the Peale Center, Baltimore, MD, October 6- 29, 2017


Bedtime Stories: A group show of dreamy artworks

I was flattered to be asked by curator and artist Sonja Sweterlitsch to participate in this group show at Future Tentant in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Here are the details about the exhibition and the opening:

There is a time of night when we lie alone and the external clatter of our waking life is subsumed by the personal language of our dreams. Bedtime Stories explores art as an oneiric experience where fears, loneliness, memory, eroticism, and loss inhabit the liminal state between wakefulness and sleep, conscious thought and dreams. Curated by Sonja Sweterlitsch for Future Tenant, Bedtime Stories is a group show of artists working in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture and sound.

Participating Artists:
Aaron Blum, Olga Brindar, Ashley Cecil, Eric S Dickson, Gary Duehr, Charles Johnson, Michael Koehler, Victoria Mills, Josh Mitchel, David Stanger, Christopher Ruane, Sherry Rusinack, Wanda Spangler-Warren


No Vacancy: A group show of artists of 201 N Braddock Ave.

Join me at the opening of “No Vacancy,” a group show of artist tenants of 201 N Braddock Ave. I and over 30 other Pittsburgh artists will have their work on display for just a few short weeks, so miss out.


I’m exhibiting in London!

London Happy Hour

Big news!   I’ve made a legitimate crossover as an international artist.

Soon I’ll be exhibiting the painting above at my first group show in London at Bankside Gallery (next to Tate Modern).   The exhibition, titled “London Lives,” will run from September 9th through the 19th.

This competition was announced in the Guardian newspaper, which certainly attracted a large number of entries.   Nonetheless I have been selected among a short list of 100 artist invited to exhibit their work AND I’m one of just over 20 being awarded a prize (the specifics of which will be announced at the private opening).   It’s certainly quite an honor.   If you’re in the area, please come and see the show.

I must give a huge “thank you!” to the painting’s owner, Cat Scott (an amazing artist and illustrator) for letting me borrow it for the exhibition.   I promise to return it to you dinning room soon, Cat.

Although the original is obviously not up for grabs, prints and greeting cards of the painting are available here on my ImageKind account.