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Mary Anne Davis

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Biography:
 
EDUCATION
Ph.D   2016 Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME
MFA   1987 sculpture, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
            School of Visual Arts, Urbino, Italy
BFA    1981 ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
 
Résumé:
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009    Dots, Tinku Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2005    Mary Anne Davis, Mark McDonald Gallery, Hudson, NY Catalogue with essay by Linda Weintraub
2003    Mary Anne Davis, The Muse’s Window, Boston, MA
2001    Mary Anne Davis, The Chelsea Collection, New York, NY
2001    Sacred Water, window installation, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2000    Seed Vase Project as Still Life, window installation, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1990-1997   Bi-annual Studio Shows, New York, NY
1988    Mary Anne Davis, Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984    Mary Anne Davis, Klein Gallery, Chicago, IL
 
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2012    Friend of a Friend, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2012    The Mysteries of Love and Life, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2011    The Birding Life, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2011    Dish and Dine, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield MA
2011    On and Off the Wall, Columbia County Council of the Arts, Hudson, NY
2011    Stoked, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
2011    Friend of a Friend, Thompson Giroux Gallery, West Stockbridge, MA
2010    Creative Fidelity, Stagira Studio, Austin, TX
2010    What Matters Most, Eco-Artspace, Exit Art, New York, NY
2009    Group Show, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2007    Tea Pot Show, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
2007    Artswalk, Hudson, NY
2006    Group Show, Columbia County Council of the Arts, Hudson, NY
2006    Conversation at the Table, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
2005    Group Show, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2005    Form and Function, the Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY
2004    Small Works, Group Show, Attleboro Museum, Center for the Arts, Attleboro, MA (1st prize)
2004    Local Potters/Local Food, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY
2004    Dinnerware Show, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
2004    Shout, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY
2003    Telling Tales, collaborative project with John Stone including work of Faith Ringgold, Manchester Artists’ Guild Independence
2003    Democracy, South London Gallery, London, England, curated by Christian Boltanski
2002    Tea Pot Show, Artscape Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2002    Small Works, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY
2002    Columbia County Art Exhibition, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, curated by Rosa Esman
2001    Three Artists, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2001    Group Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, curated by Jack Shainman
2000    Visitation, London Biennale, London, England, curated by David Medalla in collaboration with ??? Reynolds
2000    Group Show, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, New York, NY
2000    Island Time, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Fire Island, NY
1999    Orphic Feast, Asia Society, New York, NY, organized by Doug Fitch/ Mimi Oka
1999    Three Dimensional Still Life, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1999    Colliding with Cool, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1998    Orphic Feast, Gallery Idee, Tokyo, Japan, organized by Doug Fitch/Mimi Oka
1998    Group Show, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY
1998    Greater Midwest Invitational, Central MO State University Gallery, Warrensburg, MO
1997    Porcelain ‘97, Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, NY
1997    Summer Clay, New York, NY, including Arnie Zimmerman, Barry Bartlett, and Bruce Winn
1996    Plate Project, New York City, including Stephen Mueller, Glenn Goldberg, Judy Glantzman, Peter Schuyff, and Will Berry
1991    Group Show, installation, Chicago, IL, curated by Victor Cassidy
1990    Group Show, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1989    Unaffiliated Artists 7, Hillwood Art Museum, LIU, NY, curated by Judy Collishon van Wagner
1988    Small Works ‘88, The Sculpture Center, NYC
1988    Real Democracy, White Columns, NYC
1988    Small Scale, Frank Bernaducci Gallery, NYC
1987    Outside In, City Gallery, New York City, curated by Judy van Wagner
1987    Changing New York, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, curated by William Tucker
1987    Group Show, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, curated by Lucio Pozzi
1986    Small Works, Visual Arts Museum, NYC
1986    Transformation and Imagination, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, curated by Sam Cady
1986    Group show, installations, Istituto d’Arte, Urbino, Italy
1986    Chicago Fire, Centre de Ceramique de Bonsecours, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1985    Group Show, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC, curated by Walter Darby Bannard
1981    Westwood Clay National, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA, curated by Richard Shaw
1980    Current Work, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, curated by Jun Kaneko and Roy Slade
1980    Michigan Ceramics, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, curated by Betty Woodman
 
PROJECTS
2012    Mala Meal Project, Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Platz
2007    Mala Meal Project, Digital Earth, Berkeley, CA
2005    Mala Meal Project, opened Earth and Religion Conference, Bard College, Rhinebeck, NY
2003    Copia Bowls Project, Food and Power Symposium, Copia Institute in Napa, CA, in collaboration with Molly O’Neil and Lonnie Graham
2002    Mala Meal Project, a ritual/performance “meal” with hunger focus, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
1998-   Seed Vase Project, http://seedvase.blogspot.com
 
COMMISSIONS
2010    Private collection with Fury Design, Philadelphia, PA
2004    Private collection, installation, New York City
2002    Private collection with Fury Design, Philadelphia, PA
1985    Stars Arch, Permanent 12’ outdoor sculpture, The Levy Organization, Schaumburg, IL
 
PUBLICATIONS (AUTHORED)
2006-Present Regular blog: www.davistudio.com
2004-2005       Monthly columnist, Making a Living as an Artist, The Artful Mind
2002    “Art and Business”, article, Resurgence Magazine, UK, March/April
2001    “Art and Commerce”, article, Arts Alive, Columbia County, NY
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
2011    Sheehan, Carol, The Birding Life, Clarkson Potter Books Fisher, Laurie, Life@Home, cover article
2010    Remodilista.com
2009    Hess, Elizabeth, Tinku Gallery, exhibition catalog, essay by
2008    DearAda.com
2007    Prairiemod.com
2007    Dwell.com
2007    Ecofabulous.com
2005    Weintraub, Linda, Exhibition Catalog, Mark McDonald Gallery
2004    Pepirato, Susan, Chronogram, June, full feature artist/studio article, “A Bohemian Martha Stewart”
2001    Lane, Martha, Art of Imperfection, Columbia Hudson Partnership Newsletter Rohrlich, Marianne, The New York Times, September
2001    The Artful Mind, July
2001    The Chatham Courier, Chatham, NY, July
2001    The Independent, Chatham, NY, March
1989    Van Wagner, Judy Collischan. Unaffiliated Artists 7, Hillwood Art Museum, LIU, NY, exhibition catalogue
1988    Artner, Alan, The Chicago Tribune, November
1987    Snodgrass, Susan, The New Art Examiner, November
1986    Chicago Fire, Exhibition catalogue, Center de Ceramique, Montreal
1985    Artner, Alan, The Chicago Tribune, June
1984    Artner, Alan, The Chicago Tribune, June
 
AWARDS and HONORS
2011-2012   Scholarship, IDSVA
2004    First Prize, Small Works Show, Attleboro Museum, MA
2002    Individual Artist’s Decentralization Grant, Twin Counties Cultural Fund, New York (Mala Meal Project)
1987    The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
1985    Merit Scholarship, School of Visual Arts
 
LECTURES/TEACHING
2010    Panelist, SXSW, Austin, Texas
2007    Facilitator, Empty Bowls project, Mountain Road School, Columbia County, NY
2006    Visiting artist, Mountain Road School, Columbia County, New York
2004    Workshop, IS183, Great Barrington, MA
2004    Speaker, Rotary Club, Ghent, NY
2004    Speaker, State of the Community, “Local Economic Development” panel, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY
2003    Speaker, Home Town Advantage, panel on local economic development, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
2002    Karuna Tendai, Buddhist Dharma Center, talk about Mala Meal Project
2001    Artist as Entrepreneur, 2 part lecture series sponsored by the Columbia County Council of the Arts, Spencertown, Academy and Hudson Opera House Forum, Hudson, NY
2001    Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, visiting lecturer
2000    Mary Mount College, NYC, visiting lecturer
1999    Parsons School of Art, Final reviews, ceramics
1994-2000   Private studio classes
1986    Visiting Lecturer, Center de Ceramique de Bonsecours, Montreal, Canada
1984    Visiting Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1974-1975   Teaching Assistant, Birmingham/Bloomfield Art Association, MI
 
Statement:

This suite of drawings was developed when I lived and worked in Manhattan 1990—1994. My studio, at the corner of 9th Avenue and 14th Street, was a thriving community of artists—including Glenn Goldberg, Judy Glantzman, Peter Schuyff and Stephen Mueller -- that worked on the same floor of a building in the Meat-Packing district. The environment and friends impacted me by virtue of daily conversations about work and a mutually engaged work ethic.

Interested in gesture and the conjoined forces of form and line, these pieces examine ideas involved in automatic mark-making and the free and unencumbered study of the lyric gesture. I have been interested for thirty years by an exploration of opposing elements, a dialectic if you will. I find that tension inspired and ignited further study in me. Oppositions allowed me an opportunity to resolve or surprise, depending on the outcome. These small sketches gave me great freedom by the character of their ephemeral scale. These sketches are the prequels to larger works.

The lyric nature of the meandering line lives within the square as an unresolved yet compelling figure that allows a free play of simple elements. The juxtaposition of a more solid bit of paint with the purely linear element of the line and the layering of elements led to picture that reflects an emotion, a quality, or even a virtue.

These pieces also were developed at a time when I had taken a long break from working in clay. They reflect a time of strict two-dimensional exploration that afforded me an opportunity to resolve and develop certain methods of mark-making and a develop a vocabulary that evolved into the work I currently do. These pieces contain an abstract narrative that continues into the present. Made in the early 90's, one sees early evidence of the dots that will play such a large role in my later work.

Mary Anne Davis

- 5/30/12


 

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