Shannon Bewley was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Bewley is currently the the Provenance Research Fellow in the departments of American and European Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama. She enhances existing scholarship by researching the ownership, auction, and exhibition histories of collection 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.
In 2017, she earned a B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Studio Art (Sculpture), and German minor from Auburn University. Her senior art history thesis “The Part and the Whole: The Multiple Perspective of Tara Donovan’s Untitled (Plastic Cups)” examined how Donovan’s sculptures critique the proliferation of disposable goods through their own dependency on mass-produced products and the process of manufacturing. This essay is forthcoming in the Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship During her four-year tenure as the Student Assistant of Biggin Gallery in Auburn, Alabama, she was involved in mounting more than 35 exhibitions. Her research interests include modern and contemporary sculpture, exhibition histories, and the role of digital technology in art history.