Shea Hembrey: An Artist At Work


Shea Hembrey: An Artist At Work
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This year’s Southern Foodways Symposium marked the beginning of a new art initiative in partnership with a multi-year grant from 21c Museum Hotels. We were delighted to welcome our inaugural artist Shea Hembrey and his mixed media installation, The Secret Ingredient. The work was on display throughout the month of October at the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS.

In this short documentary Hembrey talks about finding his voice as an artist, embracing his rural Arkansas background, and the inspiration behind the installation.

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Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Since 2005, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more. As a director Ava has completed multiple short documentaries and screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the American south.