april 2022

08apr6:00 pm8:30 pm'Now You See Me' Opening ReceptionAshley CecilActivities:Adults

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Now You See Me by Ashley Cecil

Join us to celebrate the opening of Now You See Me, an exhibition of works by Ashley Cecil. Guests will experience these powerful works of art and hear the stories that inspired them directly from the artist! There will be a cash bar and happy hour from 6-7pm, with remarks from Keith S. Kaiser, Executive Director, and Ashley Cecil to follow. Read more about Ashley Cecil and Now You See Me below:


Artist Statement

My reverence for nature came late in life. It took root in the most unexpected place, the musty specimen storage of a natural history museum. Among listless flora and fauna, I fell in love with the life nature created outside of the museum’s walls.

Between 2016 and 2019, I completed four six-month artist residencies hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Richards-Zawacki Herpetology Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Tree Pittsburgh. I learned how to decipher scientific research, band wild birds, identify frog species by their mating calls, scarify tree seeds in industrial dryers, and more. All that knowledge lifted a veil from my eyes. I never walked in the woods with the same indifference again, now truly seeing the cycles and relationships. I also couldn’t unsee the fragility and loss due to our impact. It felt like a magic trick unfolding in slow motion – now you see me, now you don’t.

This exhibition is a compilation of artwork from those residencies in art and science.

Here’s to never walking in the woods with indifference.


About Ashley Cecil

Ashley Cecil is a Pittsburgh-based artist specializing in paintings and sculptural works of flora and fauna that illustrate connections between the natural world and its human inhabitants. Her love affair with all things organic and wild blossomed as the result of studying landscapes with accomplished master painters in London while earning her master’s degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, immersing herself in nature-inspired decorative arts collections in European museums, and painting from live observation at conservation institutions such as the National Aviary.

Read more about Ashley Cecil on ashleycecil.com >



Members Free | Nonmembers $10 | Children (0-17) Free



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