Sonya Clark
art news: September - October 2010


My work is going in every direction. Geographically, that is. So if you are in or going to be out west in California, up north in Massachusetts, in the middle (Nebraska or Wisconsin) or across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, maybe you can see some of my work and say hello. It gets out and about more than I do sometimes.

I will be live and in person to give some artist lectures at Cornell, Syracuse and Oregon College of Art and Craft + Pacific Northwest College of Art this fall. So if you are in Oregon or New York, maybe our paths will cross at one of those. All the details are below.

My best,



When: October 8 - January 2, 2011
Where: Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
"From manipulating old techniques in new ways to coupling new tools and digital processes with traditional methods, this work explores what it means to be an artist integrating such approaches in the 21st century. Participating artists: Lyn Carter, Kyoung Ae Cho (1997 Lillian Elliott Awardee), Sonya Clark (2000 LEA), Ishida Tomoko Hashimoto (1998 LEA), Kyoko Kumai, Cat Mazza, Janice Lessman-Moss, Geraldine Ondrizek, Jessica Smith and Grethe Sorensen."

When: October 11 - November 22
Where: University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield Road, St. Albans, United Kingdom
I have a couple of pieces included in this traveling exhibit that is touring the United Kingdom including a 10 foot tall beaded ladder that took 120 hours to create. This exhibit curated by Helen Carnac, explores "the relationship between contemporary craft and the new popular Slow Movement." The exhibit includes artists from Britain, Germany, Holland, Israel, and the USA. It is about to close in Ireland (see below.)


through September 25
Where: Millenium Court Arts Centre. William Street, Portadown, Northern Ireland
If you miss it in Ireland and are able, do try to see the exhibit at the venue above.If neither is a possibility check out theblog

through January 21, 2011
MAMI WATA: Arts for Water Spirits
Where: Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
, Palo Alto, California
This is the last venue for this exhibit Dr. Henry Drewal curated of works about water spirits in Africa and the African Diaspora. The contemporary artists in this exhibit include Alison Saar, Claudette Schreuders, Bolaji Campbell, Twin Seven-Seven, Sonya Clark, and Moyo Ogundipe. Holland Cotter wrote a great review of the exhibit in the New York Times.

through February 6, 2011
Exhibit: NEW MATERIALITY - Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Craft
Fuller Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
The artists in this exhibit curated by Fo Wilson "use new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials - clay, glass, wood, fiber and metal - to forge new artist directions." The exhibiting artists are Brian Boldon, Shaun Bullens, Lia Cook, Susan Working and E.G. Crichton, Donald Fortescue and Lawrence LaBianca, Wendy Maruyama, Christy Matson, Cat Mazza, Nathalie Miebach, Mike Simonian and Maaike Evers (Mike and Maaike), Sonya Clark, Tim Tate, and Mark Zirpel

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

"True Self explores the ways artists have understood and conveyed the essence of the self--through facial expression, body language, dress, and the particulars of setting--in a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs. Drawn from MMoCA's permanent collection, the exhibition lists a broad range of artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Sonya Clark, Chuck Close, John Coplans, K�the Kollwitz, Alfred Leslie, Diego Rivera, Cindy Sherman, Hollis Sigler, Raphael Soyer, and Ida Wyman."

Visiting Artist Lectures
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York: September 13 @ 3 pm
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York: September 14 @ 6 pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon: October 14-15, TBA

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.