Provenance Research Fellow
Shannon Bewley is the Provenance Research Fellow in the departments of American and European Art. She enhances existing collection scholarship by researching the ownership, auction, and exhibition histories of our objects in order provide a greater understanding of the role of art throughout time.
Bewley joined the Birmingham Museum of Art in September 2017 as the Goodrich Intern. During the yearlong internship, she spent four months each in the Education, Development, Registration, and Curatorial departments. Her projects included developing guidelines for visitor behavior studies and co-curating For Freedoms: Civil Rights and Human Rights (2018). In January 2018, she began a position as a Registrar’s Assistant. In this role, she digitized the Museum’s exhibition archives from 1951 to 2006. As a result, exhibition catalogues, gallery guides, checklists, installation photos, and other documentation of more than 1,000 exhibitions are now digitally available for research within the Birmingham Museum of Art.
A Birmingham native, Bewley earned her bachelor’s degrees in art history and sculpture at Auburn University. As the Student Assistant of Biggin Gallery in Auburn, she was involved in mounting more than 35 exhibitions during her four-year tenure. Her senior art history thesis examines how the Birmingham Museum of Art’s installation by Tara Donovan, Untitled (Styrofoam Cups), critiques the proliferation of disposable goods through its own dependency on consumer culture. Her research interests include modern and contemporary sculpture, exhibition histories, and the role of digital technology in art history.