Exhibition: Metanoia |5.13.2016 |5-7pm | Lee O’Neil Gallery | Savannah, GA

Metanoia, a three-person exhibition, opens Friday May 13th and closes Monday May 16th, 2016 at the Lee O’Neil Gallery, 2217 Bull Street, Savannah, GA, 31041. The opening reception will be Friday May 13th from 5-7pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refresments will be served.

Metanoia is a change, a transformation, especially one of the heart. The works of Courtney Shea, Austin Smith and Ryan Cox explore transformation and the nuances that can be found within its many forms. Shea’s work explores a dialogue between traditional still life painting and contemporary installation art. Smith’s work reveals a transition from the ideals of childhood to that of the contradictory, sometimes unsettling, environment of adulthood. Ryan Cox addresses the evolution and transformative capacity of individual persona.


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Courtney Shea, Fabric Painting 2, 2 of 3, 24”x 36”, Fabric and fabric paint, 2016

Courtney Shea (b. 1992, Walpole, MA) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in June, 2016. Through the installation of large scale works, she transforms spaces into immersive environments. Her works are simplistic and clean in execution. Shea currently lives and works in Savannah, GA.


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Austin Smith, Terrorist, 12”x 12”, Yarn, wax, and oil on panel, 2016

Austin Smith (b. 1994, United States) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in spring, 2016. She is a mixed media artist focusing on social commentary and the contrasting ideas that permeate today’s society. Smith has exhibited her work in group shows in Savannah, GA and internationally during a study abroad in Lacoste, France. Currently, Smith lives and works in Savannah, GA.


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Ryan Cox, Dogmatic in Diamonds , (Detail Shrine 2), 36”x 60”, Oil, acrylic, sequins, and rhinestones on canvas, 2016

Ryan Cox (b. 1994, Illinois) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2016. His work has been exhibited in various group shows held in Savannah, GA, including the juried Alexander Ink printmaking exhibition (Summer 2015). His large-scale mixed media works idolize the transformative capabilities of painting and persona. They are glittering altars to the consistent necessity for adaptability and evolution in art as well as life. Cox lives and practices in Savannah, GA. He plans to relocate to Austin, TX in the summer of 2016.



The Lee O’neil Gallery was founded in May, 2015 by Gwen O’neil and Tommy May. The gallery represents emerging, mid career, and well established artists from around the country. The gallery’s mission is to provide a space for both locals and visitors to experience a curated selection of contemporary painting and photography.


Lee O’neil Gallery
2217 Bull Street, Savannah, GA, 31041

912 417 2468

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