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January 9, 2017   Inside UGA

‘Places for the Spirit’ traveling exhibit opens Jan. 12 at Circle Gallery

Melissa Tufts

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By Melissa Tufts | January 9, 2017

The Circle Gallery in the UGA College of Environment and Design will feature the photography of Vaughn Sills in the exhibit Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens Jan. 12-Feb. 28.

The exhibit and its opening reception, which will be held Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m., are open free to the public.

Places for the Spirit is a traveling exhibit of African-American gardens photographed by Sills and made into a book in 2010 (Trinity University Press).

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Sills taught photography at Simmons College in Boston from 1987-2013. In 2015, she was the featured artist in a solo exhibition at Smith College Botanic Garden in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"In my photography, I explore our link to the natural world—how we live and develop cultures within the natural world and how we influence that world," Sills said. "I look at how the environment, both the natural and the built, helps to create the individual experience of reality as well as the ways in which family and culture affect the individual. I am particularly interested in creating images that suggest how our physical and social environment influences our inner experience, including our spiritual experience—or at least my own."