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Jessica Dupuis, Karen Hillier & Sarah Malakoff
Holding On

March 3 – April 15, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walks:
March 3 & April 7 2017

Through photography, embroidery and ceramics, the artists of Holding On explore the ways that personal objects function as portraits, family histories and memorials.  Each artist turns to the domestic sphere for their inspiration, revealing how our homes contain integral parts of our identity and experience. Jessica Dupuis enshrines furniture from her childhood in millions of ceramic shards; Karen Hillier works with antique hankies, embroidering names from her family tree on top of one another; and Sarah Malakoff documents portraits within interior domestic spaces. Through meticulous processes, each of these female artists transforms the mundane into the extraordinary and reveals the intimate power of personal objects.

JESSICA DUPUIS ( received her MFA from UNC–Chapel Hill and her BFA with a concentration in ceramics and print media from Alfred University. Dupuis exhibits her work regionally and nationally. She has been a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and a 2012-2013 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, she lives and works in North Carolina.

KAREN HILLIER ( earned an MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited her work in countless solo and group exhibitions across the US and abroad at venues including the Reed Whipple Cultural Arts Center, Maryland Federation of Art and the Alexandria Museum of Art. Her work has been profiled in publications including Wired Magazine, Leonardo and Hillier is Professor Emerita at Texas A&M University where she was integral to the establishment of the university’s MFA program.

SARAH MALAKOFF ( holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BFA from Smith College. Her work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group shows nationally and is included in several public and private collections. Untitled Interiors, a 16 page Artist’s Project, was published in Esopus Magazine in 2007. She has been awarded Fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2001 and 2011 and a Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2011. She is Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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