|Sanctuary, A Portrait Exhibition by Local Artist, Sharon Lee Hart
|For Immediate Release:
||Sanctuary, Sharon Lee Hart|
December 4th, 2010 – January 1st, 2011
Artist Talk: December 4th at 5pm / Opening Reception and Silent Auction: December 4th from 6-9pm
20% of print sales and 100% of proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the sanctuaries.
Kaola, Resident of United Poultry Concerns, 2009
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Sanctuary, a portrait exhibition by local artist, Sharon
Lee Hart, featuring the amazing animal residents of farm animal sanctuaries. The photographs in
Sanctuary are the product of Hart’s ongoing, long-term project—The Farm Animal Sanctuary
Project—which began because of her love of farm animals and the knowledge that they are some of
the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet. To contradict the commonly held view of farm
animals as purely utilitarian food and labor sources, Hart emphasizes the uniqueness of each animal
by photographing them individually and titling each photograph with the animal’s name. Her
poignant black and white portraits reveal the complex emotional lives these animals lead, showing
some as quirky or funny, while showing others as shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or inquisitive.
Hart chose to photograph at farm animal sanctuaries because the animals there have been
removed from abusive situations and are now getting the best care possible. All of the animal
residents at the sanctuaries have amazing stories of survival, many of them having escaped from
slaughterhouses and live meat markets, lived through live animal testing and cockfighting, or other
unspeakable horrors. In the safe comfort of the sanctuaries, the rescued animals are free to live out
their lives without fear, which enables Hart to make a more accurate portrait. Accordingly, Hart
approaches photographing the animals with respect, and in the same way she would a person,
working within the tradition of portraiture and documentary photography. Hart’s hope is that her
photographs will ultimately encourage people to see with more compassionate eyes and view farm
animals in a new light.
Sharon Lee Hart received her B.F.A. in Photography from the Maine College of Art and her M.F.A. in
Photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of numerous
grants and awards and has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S. Hart currently lives
and works in Nashville, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Watkins College of Art,
Design, and Film.
Silent auction will include items and gift certificates from Woodstock Sanctuary, Kindred Spirits
Sanctuary, Wild Cow, Grins, The Green Wagon, Catskill Sanctuary, Farm Sanctuary, Watkins College
of Art, Design, and Film, Center of Symmetry, Escape Day Spa, United Poultry Concerns, Cosmos
Vegan Shoppe, and more!
If you are interested in purchasing a photograph from this exhibit, Tinney Contemporary is happy
to assist you in placing your order and shipping purchases to you. Please contact us via email or by
calling us at (615) 255-7816 to confirm pricing and availability. Our staff will expertly pack your
purchase and we will ship it to you using one of our professional shipping partners. Please let us
know what we can do to accommodate your specific needs.