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Arrowmont announces the 2023-2024 Artists-in-Residence

Five artists are at an important crossroads in their career. They earned degrees in art and art history. They have been recognized as up-and-coming talent through awards and fellowships. Now, they are ready to explore what comes next in their art career. For over thirty years, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts has provided that opportunity through its signature artists-in-residence program. Arrowmont is proud to announce the 2023-2024 Artists-in-Residence: Rosie Amato, Marissa Childers, Karena “Kidd” Graves, M. Kobe, Dongyi Wu.

Rosie Amato is a metalsmith from St. Paul, MN. Drawing on the historical tradition of figurative jewelry and decorative metal objects, she uses cast metal figures to tell stories of girlhood and womanhood. Amato holds a BFA in jewelry/metals and sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She worked as collections intern at the Conway Historical Society, studio assistant at Penland School of Craft, and was a 2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship nominee. rosieamato.com

Marissa Childers is a ceramic artist and educator living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born and raised in the small town of Florence, Alabama where she earned her BFA from the University of North Alabama. She worked as ceramic intern at Anderson Ranch Arts Center before earning her MFA at the University of Oklahoma. Her work explores moments of connection and intimacy while celebrating femininity and craft found within domestic spaces. Childers’ exhibits extensively and received grants and awards to support her research. She was an NCECA Graduate Fellow in 2020, one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists of 2022, and is an NCECA’s Emerging Artist for 2023. marissachilders.com

Karena “Kidd” Graves is a multidisciplinary artist from Greensboro, North Carolina. They complete their MFA in sculpture at East Carolina University this May. Graves’ interest and research focuses on African American dream symbolism, folklore, and storytelling. Their art practice consists of creating sculptural assemblages, woven and tufted textiles, and public art. @kiddkreates

M. Kobe is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They earned a BFA in painting, a BA in art history from Louisiana State University, and an MFA in painting from Boston University. Kobe is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with found natural materials, clay, and charred bones from family meals. Drawing upon her experiences growing up in the American South, her paintings and sculptures contend with the spiritual mythologies of her upbringing, notions of home, and cultural inheritance. Kobe is a finalist for the 2023 Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award and recipient of the BU Women’s Council Scholarship, the Constantin Alajalov Visual Art Scholarship, the Michael Crespo Memorial Scholarship. madelainekobe.com

Dongyi Wu is a contemporary jewelry artist who plays with a wide range of materials, giving them special texture, distinct tactility, and new meaning in the process of her wearable artwork creation. Collecting her ideas from literature books, her own experiences, and researching psychology, Wu lets free imagination and inspiration guide her in designing wearable objects. Wu received an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018, and a BFA from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2014. Dongyi’s works have exhibited nationally and internationally, including Preziosa Young 2020 in Italy, Schmuck 2018 in Munich. dongyiwu.com

Arrowmont welcomes these five emerging artists to campus in June 2023.  The community is invited to visit and see these artists at work through open studios, exhibits, and receptions throughout the year. Learn more about the Arrowmont Artists-in-Residency program at https://www.arrowmont.org/artist-in-residence/.

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