Carlow University Art Gallery Presents New Exhibit from the Peruvian Amazon

"Everything that Sounds in the Forest: Contemporary Art of the Peruvian Amazon" is the new exhibit at the Carlow University Art Gallery.

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Everything that Sounds in the Forest: Contemporary Art of the Peruvian Amazon

Artists’ Q&A Set for January 30; Exhibit Runs January 17 Through May 15


Pittsburgh, Pa. – Home to thousands of plant and animal species, the Amazon jungle has long inspired and fascinated scientists. Beginning January 17, visitors to the Carlow University Art Gallery can be fascinated by how the Amazon has inspired artists.


“Everything that Sounds in the Forest: Contemporary Art of the Peruvian Amazon” is the title of the exhibit that will open on Friday, January 17, 2020 and run through Friday, May 15, 2020.  An Opening Reception and Artist/Curators Q & A will take place on Thursday, January 30, from 6-8 p.m., in the Carlow University Art Gallery, located in the center of Carlow’s campus on the second floor of the University Commons. 


“We are privileged and honored to host this vital and vibrant exhibition that introduces contemporary art generated from the Peruvian Amazon to an American audience,” said Amy Bowman-McElhone, PhD, the director of the Carlow Art Gallery and an assistant professor of art history.  “Uniquely, these artworks, and many of the exhibiting artists, are being shown for only the second time in the U.S., which is expanding our boundaries as a local gallery with a global reach.” 


Featuring original work from contemporary artists that explores the traditional and rural dynamics of the Peruvian Amazon, the exhibition features embroideries, paintings, prints, and photographs that explore topics such as nature, mythologies, the lived experience of Amazonians, local customs and knowledge, as well as gender, identity, social, and environmental issues. 


Everything that Sounds in the Forest: Contemporary Art of the Peruvian Amazon,” is guest-curated by Christian Bendayán, an artist and independent researcher of Amazonian art, and Gabriela Germana, visiting instructor at the University of South Florida’s School of Art & Art History and a Ph.D. Candidate for the Art History Department at Florida State University. 


The pieces selected for this exhibition have been generously borrowed by Christian Bendayán and Bufeo / amazonía+arte, a project dedicated to the research and promotion of Amazonian art, who works from Lima, Peru. Previously, “Everything That Sounds in the Forest” was shown at the University of West Florida Pensacola Museum of Art in 2018.


Gallery tours are free and open to the public. Please contact Amy Bowman-McElhone  via email at or by phone at (412) 578-6344 to schedule a visit.



Caption info for Attached Photo:  "The Virigin of the Animals" by Graciela Arias is one of the works that will be part of the exhibit at the Carlow University Art Gallery.  

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