The Department of Craft/Material Studies presents a visiting artist lecture by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray on Thursday, September 15 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, 601 W Broad St, Richmond, VA.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (b. 1962) explores craft as subject and object, engaging the field’s history and methods to interpret utility and form. She conceptualizes material conditions to construct fictions and portraits. Facture is explored as an idea and then realized as an image; this research is reflected in the objects she generates.
Mimlitsch-Gray received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. An American Craft Council Fellow, she was recently named Master of the Medium by the James Renwick Alliance. As professor she received two Chancellor’s Awards from the State University of New York: Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Excellence in Teaching. Mimlitsch-Gray has been awarded individual artist fellowships by the United States Artists Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Artist Residencies include: The Banff Centre, Alberta; Haystack Open Studios; Konstfack University, Stockholm; The MacDowell Colony; and the Arts Industry Residency in Foundry at the Kohler Co., through the Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin.
Mimlitsch-Gray’s work is widely exhibited and was recently included in Crafting America, at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and EXACTLY: precision and process, at Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson NY. She is a contributing essayist to the exhibition catalogue, This Present Moment, published by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Her work is included in public collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. She maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley of New York.