Sonya Clark
art news: November - December 2010


There are lots of exhibits still up that include my work and a new exhibit that opens in New York city, the Global Africa Project. I will give two artist lectures and gallery talks soon. One in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design on Thursday, November 18, and the other Sunday, November 21 at the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Maybe our paths will cross at one of those. All the details are below.

My best,



November 17, 2010 - May 15, 2011
Where: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC
As the press release states, this exhibition curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims and Dr. Leslie King Hammond challenges traditional conceptions of the "African" aesthetic.

Featuring artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and around the world. Through furniture, architecture, textiles, fashion, jewelry, ceramics, and basketry, as well as selective examples of photography, painting, sculpture, and installation work, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic and identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."


through November 22
Where: University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield Road, St. Albans, United Kingdom

through January 2, 2011
Where: Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

through January 21, 2011

MAMI WATA: Arts for Water Spirits
Where: Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
, Palo Alto, California

through February 6, 2011
Exhibit: NEW MATERIALITY - Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

through July 10, 2011
Exhibit: TRUE SELF: The Search for Identity in Modern and Contemporary Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Visiting Artist Lectures
GALLERY TOUR + TALK: Museum of Arts and Design, Thursday, November 18th at 6:00pm.
2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE NEW YORK, NY 10019 212.299.7777
The Global Africa Project tour will begin promptly at 6:30. Curator, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims will guide everyone through the exhibition. Selected artists (including me) will speak about our work in the exhibit and answer questions. The entire tour will no last more than 35 minutes.

LECTURE: Technologies: Tried and True Meet New
Fuller Craft Museum, Sunday, November 21 at 2pm
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301, 508.588.6000
In conjunction with the work I have exhibited at the museum, I will be talking about the bridge between so called 'old' technologies and new technologies; the importance of the body, specifically the hand, in the making of work; and what the legacy of technological devices and tools reveals about the creative process
Admission is $7 for members and students, and $18 for Non-Members (includes Museum admission), and the museum strongly recommends that you register in advance.

Some background information
I'm chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to this I was a Baldwin Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I went to Cranbrook Academy of Art for my MFA, the Art Institute of Chicago for my BFA, and before that, Amherst College for a BA in psychology. My work has been exhibited in over 200 venues in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Taiwan, Austria, Australia, Ghana, France, Switzerland, and throughout the USA. I have been able to pursue my studio practice because of generous honors and opportunities such as a Pollock-Krasner Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy, a Red Gate Residency in China, a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.