Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Lori Vrba

May 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Miller Gallery
Self Portrait, Lori Vrba
Self Portrait, Lori Vrba

Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators, and collectors.

Lori Vrba – My Grace is Sufficient

As a young girl, I spent most days at my best friend’s house.  I clearly remember that her mother had a large cross-stitched piece hanging over her bed that read, “My Grace is Sufficient”.  It stopped me in my tracks every time I entered the room.  I would stand there staring, contemplating what it could mean.  Not knowing it was a bible verse, I was free to interpret this phrase however I pleased.  This project is my photographic interpretation.

My work is inherently feminine.  I’ve committed to a project that is overly feminine and had a traditionally beautiful aesthetic without apology.  I am celebrating the quiet power of women and honoring the graceful qualities of Mother Nature.


Lori Vrba is a self-taught artist committed to film and the traditional wet darkroom.  Vrba’s imagery is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss and revival.  Her assemblage works combine found objects with original photographs that speak to the southern sensibilities of storytelling.  Her solo shows have been met nationally and internationally with great acclaim.  Vrba believes her exhibition installations are an extension of the aesthetic and narrative components of her imagery.  Her work is held in permanent as well as private collections throughout the world.  Her first monograph published by Daylight was named one of the top ten photo books of 2015 by American Photo Magazine.

Free to the public.

Sponsored by the Museum’s Photography Council. Major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.


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