Sonya Clark
art news:  January + February 2012 



Frankly, I am still in aglow from last year. What a year!  In December I was named a 2011 USA Glasgow Fellow from United States Artists.  I was simultaneously elated and humbled. Here's an article that appeared in the local paper. The recognition made me to consider all of the support, advice, and encouragement I have received from my art community, colleagues, friends, mentors, and family. I would like to thank you for the part you have played in helping me along the way.  


As I begin this new year, my work will open in six venues and continue showing in two others in January and February. If you are in DC, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and across the Atlantic in Ireland, I hope you can stop by. If not, you can stay right where you are and check out my updated website and some recent reviews in Hand/Eye, the San Antonio Current, and Artblog. Enjoy!


Wishing you all good things for 2012



What: Lecture @ McMahon Fiber Arts Symposium
When: Saturday, January 21, 1:30 - 4 pm
Where: Southwest School of Art, Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall,
Navarro Campus, San Antonio, TX
This symposium will be held in conjunction with my exhibit.  Namita Wiggers, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and Jenni Sorkin, Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Studies at the University of Houston, will present.  My talk is at 2 pm.  Click here for details.




Exhibit: The Art of Seduction

Where: The Rouse Foundation Gallery, Columbia, MD

When: January 12 - March 18

"The focus of the exhibit is subtle or implied sensuality demonstrated through the use of materials that are seductive; forms that are undulating and graceful, voluptuous and generous; and themes that are romantic, edgy, or emotionally heated," says exhibit curator Gail Brown.    


Exhibit: A Complex Weave 

Where: Perleman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 

When: January 13 - March 11 

A Complex Weave reveals the ongoing vitality of the Feminist art movement with works by contemporary women artists of varied backgrounds exploring aspects of identity through painting, drawing, needlework, photography and other media.  


Exhibit: Converge: Sonya Clark + Quisqueya Henriquez  

Where: McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC

When: January 27 - March 24

Opening: January 27, 6-9 pm   

In this two-person exhibit, "Clark investigates simple objects as cultural interfaces. Using items such as a comb, a piece of cloth, or a strand of hair, she wonders how they come to have meaning collectively. The history, function and material of objects direct the form, scale, and material choices of her work. Henr�quez explores racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural stereotypes through sculpture, collage, prints, video, installations, and sound. Her work often fuses formalities of economics, current events, and Art History with vernacular life in the Caribbean."   


Exhibit: In Material

Where: Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

When: January 27 - March 25
"In Material: Fiber 2012 presents four artists who bring innovation to the field of fiber art. Lucy Arai, Sonya Clark, Mi-Kyoung Lee, and Cynthia Schira deconstruct the popular definition of fiber art with their groundbreaking use of unexpected materials. In conjunction with Fiber Philadelphia 2012, the Arthur Ross Gallery will join 30 other venues in exhibiting fiber art that incorporates new technologies, new materials, and contemporary concerns."


Exhibit: DUBH

Where: Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

When: February 2 - March 15

"An exhibition of contemporary objects featuring work by Irish designers and artists, in dialogue with their American peers. This is the second in a series of three exhibitions taking place under the direction of designer Joseph Walsh in an exciting new initiative called STUDIO practice established to facilitate dialogue, build relationships and encourage interdisciplinary engagements between Irish Artists, Designers and Studio Makers and their international contemporaries and key influencers."  


Exhibit: NEXT

Where: Contemporary Wing, 1250 9th St, NW, Washington, DC

When: February 2 - March 2

Opens: February 4 

The artists in Next were selected by one of the artists in the traveling exhibition, "30 Americans", as having the potential to define the American art landscape in the next decade.  The artists in Next are Derrick Adams, Kajahl Benes, Caitlin Cherry, Sonya Clark, Alex Ernst, Wyatt Gallery, Kira Lynn Harris, David Huffman, Jayson Keeling, Karyn Olivier, Gary Pennock and Cheryl Pope.  This inaugural exhibition of Contemporary Wing complements the Corcoran Gallery of Art's exhibition of Mera and Don Rubell's collection, "30 Americans," on display through February 12, 2012.  A catalog will accompany the exhibition with critiques by Kalia Brooks, Exhibitions Director at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn, NY.


Exhibit: Magical Visions

Where: University of Delaware, Newark, DE  

When: February 8 - June 30   

"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."  





through February 12, 2012


Where: Rogers Gallery, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
Read a review. Catalog available.

through  March 18, 2012


Where: Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC  

Catalog available.


headshotI am chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University 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 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 USA Glasgow Fellowship, 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, and an Art Matters grant. Currently, I sit on the Board of the American Craft Council and formerly I served on the Board of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.