Sonya Clark                          art news: May/June



I am certain the Earth is spinning faster! Graduation at Virginia Commonwealth University seems to come more quickly each year.  Soon my colleagues and I will be sending the next generation of talented artists out into the world.  


In a few weeks my summer begins with a Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. Several artists I know and respect including El Anatsui, Xu Bing, and Pat Oleszko have been there.  I am looking forward to the change of pace and the opportunity to connect with international artists across the arts disciplines. And, of course I am eager for the time to chew on new ideas (and local Italian food.)     


Meanwhile, in the studio, I have a commission in progress for The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis. Masterminded by the curators at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, this project brings the work of Jorge Pardo, Alyson Shotz, Jane Hammond, Nina Katchadourian, (fellow Cranbrook alum) Brian McCutcheon, yours truly, and a few other artists under one roof.      


Along with two exhibits listed below that are closing later this summer and a spot PBS did on my work, that is all my news for now.  I'll be back in touch at summer's end. Until then, find your rhythm, do your dance, and be well.   



EXHIBITS: closing soon


through June 30 

Exhibit: Magical Visions

Where: University of Delaware, Mechanical Hall Museum, Newark, DE  

"Guest-curated by Keith Morrison, Magical Visions assembles work by ten important artists whose art provides cross-generational and cross-media dialogues within and beyond African American art. The artists are Terry Adkins, Sonya Clark, Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Kalup Linzy, Odili Odita, Karyn Olivier, Faith Ringgold and William T. Williams. Each artist brings national and international eminence and plays a critical role in the evolution of art by African Americans." More information... Catalog available      


through August 5

Exhibit: New Materiality  

Where: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR   

The artists in this traveling 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, Sonya Clark, Tim Tate, and Mark Zirpel. Catalog available




I'm chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia.  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 250 venues in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. 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 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Award, a Red Gate Residency in China, a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, an Art Matters grant, and a 2011 USA Fellowship. Currently, I sit on the Board of the American Craft Council and formerly served on the Board of the Haystack Mountain School of Craft.