Housed in the Wallace Performing Arts Center, the Luchsinger Gallery presents exhibitions by students, faculty, alumnae, and a variety of visiting artists each year. The Visiting Artists Program invites professional artists showing in the gallery to speak about their working process and lead workshops in the classrooms. The Luchsinger Gallery combines with the Jacobs Lobby to form an 1100-square foot space that has hosted emerging and mid-career artists from New York, New Haven, and Fairfield County.
The Peace of Wild Things: Melissa Groo’s Wildlife Photography
March 1–April 26, 2018
Melissa Groo (GA ’80) describes herself as a wildlife biographer, and her solo exhibition at GA features a wide array of stunning photographs of birds, foxes, cheetahs, and other animals in their natural habitats. Groo is committed to ethical photography and is a fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers. She contributes to Outdoor Magazine and Audubon, has been featured on the cover of Smithsonian, and has won numerous awards in her field.
After graduating from Greenwich Academy, Melissa Groo studied English and education before a career change led her to the Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. Work for Cornell’s Elephant Listening Project sent her to the central African rainforest, where she spent numerous field seasons absorbing the sounds of elephants in the wild. Her exhibition at GA is set to the sound of thrushes singing in a light rain; in the lobby, a live feed of an albatross nest runs on an IPad.
The title of this exhibition, drawn from a poem by Wendell Berry, suggests that humans may find refuge in the beauty and grace of nature. Groo’s photographs invite prolonged study and provide us with a chance to experience “the peace of wild things.”
Photo: Melissa Groo