Soul Box Gun Violence Project Among Three Spring Exhibits at Daura Museum – Lynchburg University


Three exhibits are currently on display at the Daura Museum of Art, “This Loss We Carry: Art Revealing the Gunfire Epidemic,” “Metaphor, Myth, & Politics: Art from Native Printmakers,” and “On Paper: Fine Prints from the Collection.” exhibits will be on display until Thursday, March 10. Free entry.

“This Loss We Carry” consists of 1,176 “Soul Boxes”, each origami box depicting a man, woman or child photographed in Virginia over a six month period. The Soul Box Project is a nationwide movement started by Portland artist Leslie Lee after filming the 2017 Las Vegas concert. So far, over 200,000 Soul Boxes have been made by people across the United States. United.

A Soul Box workshop will take place at the museum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. The program, free and open to the public, is offered in partnership with the Shawn Moss Wellness and Growth Foundation, an organization committed to uplifting and educating to reduce the negative impact of gun violence in our communities.

To schedule a Soul Box activity for a group, club, or class, contact Laura Cole ’17, ’19 MA, Daura’s Coordinator for Academic and Public Engagement, at [email protected] or 434.544.8595. All materials are provided.

Marwin Begaye (dinner [Navajo]), “Atseetuts’ii” (Red Tail Hawk), 2016. Courtesy of CN Gorman Museum, UC Davis.

“Metaphor, Myth and Politics: The Art of Native Printmakers” presents 36 contemporary works on paper. Artists include Kenojuak Ashevak (Inuit), Marwin Begaye (Dine [Navajo]), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Wendy Red Star (Crow), C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole/Muscogee), Melanie Yazzie (Dine [Navajo]), and about two dozen other native and indigenous artists from around the world.

The exhibition, drawn from the collection of the CN Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis and released through a partnership with Exhibit Envoy, “reveals the inventive, dynamic, and diverse aesthetic choices found in contemporary Indigenous printmaking, many of which offer poignant and humorous social commentary, as well as compelling insights into worldview, cultural clashes and intersections, and deeply personal statements about life lived for many within the constraints of societies marginalized.

“On Paper: Fine Prints from the Collection”, an exhibition of prints from the Daura Museum of Art, highlights a variety of different printing techniques ranging from woodcuts to silkscreen prints of works by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Honoré Daumier and Pablo Picasso.

The Daura Art Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Thursday, February 17, the museum will be open until 6 p.m. All visitors to the museum, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear masks and social distance. For more information, contact [email protected] or 434.544.8595.


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