December 11, 2019 – January 25, 2020 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is proud to showcase new works by the 2019 – 2020 Artists-in-Residence: Eric Cannizzaro, Maggie Connolly, Luke Huling, Jolynn Santiago and Alex Younger. Mid AIR marks the halfway point in their residency, and exhibits what they have been working on since beginning the residency program at Arrowmont.
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Eric Cannizzaro is a furniture maker, focusing on chair making. He received a B.S. in natural history from the Evergreen State College in 2015. In 2017, he accepted a residency at the Arbutus Folk School where he focused on chair making. In 2019, he moved to Jonesborough, TN to apprentice with Curtis Buchanan, a Windsor chair maker.
Maggie Connolly is an artist and author from Iowa. After earning her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 2007, she moved to China and became the first American graduate to earn a MFA in Ceramics from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2013. After graduating, she moved to Japan to begin research at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2017, she became the second American to earn a Ph.D in studio ceramics. In 2019, she finished a two-year post-doctorate program there. She has two books about the histories and cultures of Chinese and Japanese ceramics due out in summer 2019.
Luke Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Edinboro University in ceramics/metalsmithing and his MFA in ceramics from Indiana University. Luke was a previous resident at the LUX Center for the Arts.
Jolynn Santiago is an artist from Youngstown, Ohio. She received a BFA in Jewelry, Metals and Enameling from Kent State University, and an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including NYC, Brooklyn, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, Amsterdam and Nijmegen, Netherlands. She has received numerous awards, grants and publications. Jolynn is currently developing a new body of work for an upcoming exhibition in Germany taking place during Munich Jewelry Week 2020.
Alex Younger is a weaver, fiber artist and photographer born in Oakland California and raised in the Capital District of New York State. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2012 with an Honors Major in English Literature and a Course Major/Honors Minor in Studio Art. She became a sexual assault activist in 2015, after the college adjudication of her case resulted in a punishment of 10 days probation. In 2018, she received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Gold Zloty Medal Laureate from the 16th International Tapestry Triennial and her work has been shown internationally and across the United States.
The Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence program was established in 1991. The program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative, supportive community environment of 160 rotating visiting workshop artists/instructors and hundreds of students. The program encourages early career artists who embrace community and enjoy working in a team environment to apply.