“America’s Meltdown and the Memory of Water” Lecture by Artist Valerie Hegarty
March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
5:30pm Reception / 6:00pm Lecture
FREE / RSVP appreciated.
Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes paintings, sculptures and installations that explore issues of memory, place, and history. Starting with a personal inspiration, Hegarty seeks out poetic connections between her personal history, art history, and current events. Her 2021 solo exhibition at Malin Gallery, NY featured the Covid Diaries Series, a suite of sculptures inspired by the artist’s journal entries from the previous year that addressed the catastrophic phenomena of the pandemic and the unravelling of the nation’s political institutions and culture. The Benton acquired a sculpture from the series, which is on display in the museum’s Gilman Gallery.
Hegarty has exhibited at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Artists Space, and the High Line. She has received awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. Hegarty earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art College, and a BA from Middlebury College, VT.