Greensboro College Art Exhibition Featuring Jody Servon Opens Friday, Feb. 6

"Greensboro College's Department of Art presents "Seen, Heard, and Remembered," an exhibition of collaborative art projects by North Carolina artist Jody Servon, Feb. 6-27 in the Anne Rudd Galyon Gallery in Cowan Humanities Building on campus.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The exhibit will be on display during regular gallery hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Among the projects included in the exhibition is "Saved," an elegantly executed series of photographs and prose poems that candidly embraces a topic Americans avoid talking about even though it is an experience we all share: the death of a loved one.

A stirring photographic and lyric exploration of life, loss, and memory, "Saved" challenges the American taboo surrounding death and immerses readers in its relics. This thought-provoking collaborative work is intimate, spare, funny, and disturbing; it pulls audiences in through the emblematic objects that transport memories to the living and keep relationships alive.

Selections from this series by Jody Servon and Lorene Delany-Ullman include  full-color images of familiar objects, ranging from a Boy Scout shirt to a kitchen colander, photographed on a white background to show the wear apparent on each surface.

From interviews with the object owners, short prose poems were composed to correspond with each image. The prose poems evoke the relationships between the objects, the relatives or friends who saved them, and the original owners.

Servon also will debut "Seen," a new work created with Greenboro College students. Servon borrowed books from the campus library, selected images for students to study, and asked students to write what they saw in the images. Both the library books and student writings will be on display.

Jody Servon's art projects include installations, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video, and social experiments. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and screenings and as public projects in the U.S., Canada, and China and is included in the 2015 exhibition "Collective Actions" at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem.

Servon has participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Artists Center, and Super G Experiential Residency and was a conceptual artist in residence for the Town of Clayton in North Carolina in 2012.

She has received multiple awards including two fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council. Articles about and reviews of her work have appeared in: The New York Times, The Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, the Arizona Daily Star and The Winston Salem Journal. Servon's work was featured in New American Paintings Issue 70 and Artful Dodge issue 50/51. Selections from "Saved" appeared in Issue 74 of AGNI Magazine and in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of Lunch Ticket.

She currently serves as an associate professor and gallery director at Appalachian State University.

Greensboro College's Department of Art offers the B.A. or B.S. in Art and the B.A. in Art Education. The program, with individual attention to students, combines classic art principles with the liberal-arts foundations of diverse branches of inquiry, including both science and the humanities, so that students can incorporate as much of the world as possible into their own art-making.

For more information, contact Prof. Jim Langer, department chair, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5361, or email

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,150 students from 26 states, the District of Columbia and 10 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

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