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Wilson Museum to Present Women Working with Clay Exhibition

Syd Carpenter, Sarah Reynolds, 2014. Ceramic and steel. Courtesy of the artist.
Syd Carpenter, Sarah Reynolds, 2014. Ceramic and steel. Courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with the Hollins University Women Working with Clay Symposium, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents this exhibition of work by the program’s Director and organizer, Donna Polseno, and presenters Syd Carpenter, Michelle Erickson, Silvie Granatelli, Liz Quackenbush, and Tara Wilson. T

The symposium emphasizes the creative process – from inspiration and ideas to actual making and finishing. The artworks on view represent women artists working across the country who use clay as their medium of choice. The exhibition will be on display in the Wetherill Wilson Gallery from Thursday, May 12 through Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Donna Polseno lives and works as a studio artist in Floyd, Virginia. She has been known for a variety of work over the years including raku vessels, porcelain pottery, and figurative sculpture. She has taught workshops and summer sessions in numerous places including the University of Michigan, Oregon School of Crafts, Alfred University, Arrowmont, and the Long Beach Art Foundation. She is included in many collections such as the St. Louis Art Museum, the Silber Collection, and the Mint Museum of Contemporary Crafts.

Syd Carpenter received an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Her work is included in numerous collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Atlantic Richfield Corporation; Nabisco Brands; the University of Illinois; Art in General, New York; Philadelphia Convention Center; Bell Atlantic Corporation; Canton Ohio Museum of Art; Erie Museum of Art; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute; Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center and in numerous private collections.  She is currently Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Michelle Erickson has a B.F.A. from The College of William and Mary. Her contemporary ceramics in museums collections include The Chipstone Foundation, The Museum of Art and Design, The Long Beach Museum of Art, The New-York Historical Society, The Peabody Essex, Yale University Gallery, The Carnegie Museum, The Mint Museums, Seattle Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, The Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent, UK, and the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international publications. Erickson is renowned for her research into 17th and 18th-century ceramic techniques, has published extensively in Ceramics in America and has lectured and demonstrated her work widely for scholarly groups and institutions.

Silvie Granatelli has been a full-time studio potter working in Floyd Co. Virginia since 1982. Silvie received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1971 and an M.F.A. from Montana State in Bozeman, Montana in 1975. She has taught ceramics at Virginia Tech and Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Her work is in the collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Silvie’s work has been featured in many publications, including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and Studio Potter.  Throughout her career, Silvie has given workshops across the United States, spoken on panels and demonstrated at several NCECA conferences. She has shared her studio and mentored young aspiring potters for 20 years.

Liz Quackenbush is a Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where she has worked for the past 20 years. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.F.A. from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been included in the Minnesota Pottery Tour for the past 15 years. She has taught at numerous craft schools, lectured at universities nationally, and participated in residencies in the U.S. and abroad. Liz enjoys friends, food, gardening, baking bread, and spending time in her studio exploring the grounds of functional pottery.

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference, was a presenter at the 2006 International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff, and a demonstrator at the 2009 NCECA conference in Phoenix, Arizona. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her work has been exhibited internationally.

 

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