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Florissant Valley Contemporary Art Gallery exhibit introduces Beverly Buchanan to St. Louis

August 27, 2012

Buckhead Shack  

Buckhead Shack by Beverly Buchanan

“Home – space, place, memory” marks the St. Louis debut of Beverly Buchanan, an African-American artist who explores Southern vernacular architecture in her art. Her work is currently on display at the St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 3400 Pershall Road. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public. The exhibit continues through October 11.

Of her work, the artist says ‘remembering the look and feel of structures has been a strong focus in my drawings and sculptures. My visions and interest shifted to the reality of current places and their surrounding landscape. The house and its yard and the road behind and across. Capturing the essence and something of the look and feel of now versus then is not easy. I want to continue to develop this idea now of memory versus reality.’ “Home” includes more than 30 works oil drawings and sculptures.

Buchanan is widely collected and her work can be found in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum in New York.

In 1980, Buchanan was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1990, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture. Most recently, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.


This exhibition is supported in part by the Women’s Caucus for Art, the Barbara Archer Gallery and the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art.


The Florissant Valley Contemporary Art Gallery is located in Room 111 of the Instructional Resources building. For more information, call 314-513-4861. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.