Becca Barnet's work is driven by a fascination with natural history and preservation. Born in Spartanburg, SC, Becca is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She also attended the Missouri Taxidermy Institute where she fine-tuned her special knack and patience for taxidermy repair – from cleaning to complete mount renovations. She’s put her precision and passion for replicating textures and preserving animals into the creation of an array of museum displays including creating work for the American Museum of Natural History, the SC Aquarium, and the Charleston Museum. She is currently focusing on creating exhibits and custom art installations under her company, Sisal Creative.
During her week-long residency at the Gibbes, Barnet will immerse herself in the works on view at the Gibbes and find inspiration for her own creations. “I am endlessly inspired by natural history, particularly the art of Mark Catesby and Walton Ford, who have dedicated themselves to celebrating the beautiful patterns and movements found in animal life,” she says. Becca’s work often falls into the category of art-for-hire, particularly in commercial settings, so she is excited for the opportunity to focus on her own personal direction.
Open Studio Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am – 3pm; Wednesday: 3pm – 8pm; Saturday: 11am – 2pm
About five years ago I put the date August 21, 2017, down in my calendar. I have always been interested and excited to learn about celestial events. When hearing about…READ MORE
The artworks featured in Perspectives on Place (on view in Gallery 3 until September 10th) illuminate the history and some of the changes that have taken place in the neighborhoods…READ MORE
This morning, artist Becca Barnet took up residence in Studio 2 at the Gibbes. She will be here through Saturday, and trust me, she is an artist you don’t want…READ MORE
This summer, I have been interning with the Curatorial and Collections departments as part of a long-standing partnership between the University of Virginia’s Institute for Public History and the Gibbes…READ MORE