The Ceramics Research Center is launching a new artist residency program, featuring two textile and fiber artists in this first iteration. The residency offers artists an open studio space, opportunities to work with the Museum’s permanent collections and to meet with curators, students, scholars and museum audiences. Two days a week, their studios will be open to the public to provide direct engagement with working artists and learn more about the artistic process.
Susan Allred states “The results of these fiber experiments let me express my thoughts and feelings about society’s expectations, such as how from an early age, many young girls are encouraged to dream about and plan for the day they’ll marry and live ‘happily ever after.’ I’ve explored what happens when women don’t feel safe in their daily lives and how external pressure from religious expectations can harm a marriage instead of supporting it. My most personal work reveals the lasting damage that the trauma of sexual assault can leave on the human body and soul.”
Working 11 am – 5 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Image credit: Invitation to a Tea Party, 38 in x 28 in x 28 in, rusted industrial paper, polyester organza, rusted nails, cotton threads, found linens, 2019, photo by Susan Allred