Introducing Arrowmont’s 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence

Each year, Arrowmont’s Artists-in-Residence program provides early career, self-directed artists the time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work. Five artists are selected to participate in the program. This year, the Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence are Max Adrian, Emily Culver, Elyse-Krista AnnaMarie Mische, Paige Ward, and Xia Zhang. These artists represent a range of media including soft sculpture, fashion, objects, performance and ceramics.

An exhibit introducing work by the five artists is on display in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery from July 8 through August 19, 2017. Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend with their friends and family. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Max Adrian

Max Adrian earned his BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute and has participated in several fellowships and residencies. A visual artist, Adrian’s work primarily features soft sculpture, and most recently inflatables. He composes his sculptures of diverse materials including faux-fur, faux-leather and spandex. The works explore the line that separates the whimsical and the sinister and draws from Adrian’s influences including theatre, history and storytelling. Adrian’s works tell stories and pose questions about sexuality and community.

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Emily Culver

Emily Culver received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited at many solo and group exhibitions. She is the recipient of a Toby Devian Lewis Fellowship. Culver is an object maker whose works are created from diverse tactile surfaces including silicone, rubber and suction cups. Ranging from body-sized sculptures to hand-held objects, her work examines the relationship between object and body. Culver’s work aims to create an intimate, collective experience for her audience.

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Elyse-Krista AnnaMarie Mische

Elyse Krista-Mische received her BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with an emphasis in printmaking, drawing and ceramics. Her work spans a range of media including pen and ink, acrylic paint, soft sculpture, live drawings and fashion. The works often feature Mische’s characteristic bird figures that she utilizes to explore themes of human ephemerality, the experience of time and the line between the conscious and subconscious.

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Paige Ward

Paige Ward holds a BA from Union University and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida. Ward’s most recent work, “The Weight of Glory”, makes use of a range of media including concrete, wood, and bricks made of soil from her hometown, Frog Jump, Tennessee. The work explores the human drive to build structures and the realization that these structures could fall at any moment. Ward’s art is inspired by philosophy, personal narrative, religion and faith as she questions concepts of security. Ward explores these themes in her work in order to stimulate thought and discussion.

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Xia Zhang

Xia Zhang received her BA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and her MFA at West Virginia University. She has participated in several residencies and fellowships. She is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans ceramics, sculpture, photo, video and performance. According to Zhang, her works “waver between the representational and the abstract to convey a specific idea or experience.” Inspired by personal experiences and interactions with people and places, Zhang uses materials such as hair in her work in conjunction with traditional “women’s craft” methods of sewing, weaving and pinching clay. Her work aims to trouble traditional notions and ideals of femininity and document her own struggle with them.

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Since 1991, the Artists-in-Residence Program has benefited a multitude of Artists by providing them the space and time to explore and innovate their craft in Arrowmont’s vibrant, creative community.  For more information about the Artists-in-Residence program, current or past resident artists or how to apply for the program, please click here.


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