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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sonya Clark
October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sonya Clark served as Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 through 2017. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in Scholarship from the University. Formerly, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded their first Mid-Career Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2015, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Amherst College where she received her B.A. in psychology.
Clark has exhibited in over 350 museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Critics have favorably reviewed her work in several publications including the New York Times, Mother Jones, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and Huffington Post. She is the recipient of awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, the Grand Juror’s Award at Art Prize for the Hair Craft Project, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, an 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and a United States Artist Fellowship. Sonya lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Darryl Harper, a jazz musician and of faculty in the Music department at Virginia Commonwealth University. During the 2017-18 academic year, Clark and Harper have returned to their alma mater to be Visiting Artists in Residence at Amherst College.
An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students. The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Artist website: http://sonyaclark.com/