Department of Art & Art History

Alumna Shannon Bewley ('17) Awarded Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Alumna Shannon Bewley ('17) Awarded Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art


Bewley's solo exhibition, "Approximate Knowledge," is on display at the 121 PopUp Gallery in Montgomery, Ala. 


Auburn University Department of Art and Art History alumna Shannon Bewley (’17) has been awarded a competitive Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Bewley began her year-long tenure as the Goodrich Intern this fall and will rotate every three months between the registrar, curatorial, education, and development departments at the BMA. She is currently working in the Registrar Department to create and implement conventions for transitioning the Museum’s physical exhibition archives to their digital database. According to Bewley, “I spend my day handling notable documents about the Museum’s – and Birmingham’s – history. Exhibition records, including checklists, photos, receipts, and correspondence, from 1951 to 2007, need to be scanned and organized for digital storage. I hope to finish at least two decades of exhibitions before I transition to the Development Department to plan for the annual Museum Ball. It’s a monstrous but fascinating project. I’m really looking forward to the ultimate end goal – for the archive to be publicly accessible through the Museum’s website.”

Bewley graduated from Auburn University in the spring of 2017 with a BFA in Studio Art (concentrating in Sculpture) and a BA in Art History. Since graduating, Bewley has also installed her first solo exhibition, Approximate Knowledge, at the 121 PopUp Gallery and Collaborative Studio in Montgomery, Alabama. As part of the exhibition, she led a workshop with high school students from the Trinity Presbyterian School that sponsors the gallery. Using a method Bewley developed while completing her BFA Senior Thesis, she and the students cast plaster in to plastic bags to create small pillow-like sculptures. In addition, Bewley critiqued the work of the A.P. Art students at Trinity.

Last Updated: October 19, 2017