Meet the 2016 artists
I have always made things. Growing up in a small New England town I spent my time constructing things from articles I collected on my journeys and forages. From elaborate forts to simple objects, I would immerse myself in the process. Plans would be made, pictures drawn, materials gathered. When it was over I would start on a new project. As I got older these endeavors became more elaborate, requiring me to sneak into my father’s workshop to use his tools. This love of process never left me, instead leading me to the Rhode Island School of Design where I studied sculpture. My time at RISD along with a year studying stone carving in Italy gave me the opportunity to forward my ideas and hone in my skills. In my studio I continue to learn and expand my vocabulary of materials and process.
My work is often a whimsical take on observations of flora and fauna that inspire me on a daily basis. Whether playful narratives or curious abstractions, I hope to ignite the viewers interest and make them more aware of their natural surroundings leading to a deeper appreciation and care to tend and love the land we walk everyday.
I have been working and living in Atlanta for over fifteen years, creating work for both public and private commissions.
His work can be seen at http://www.chriscondonsculpture.com
Barbara Cooper works fluidly between sculpture and drawing with a sustained interest in flow and movement within the context of space and structure. Numerous one-person exhibitions include the Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, (color catalogue), Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, the Chicago Cultural Center, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and the Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, among others.
While working primarily with wood veneer, residencies at Pilchuck, the Kohler Arts / Industry Program, and the Johnson Atelier gave opportunities to explore glass, cast iron and bronze, extending her vocabulary into diverse media. Further scale and media explorations can be seen in public art commissions for a public library and train station in Chicago, the Rhode Island Airport in Providence, and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers. She designed a sustainable garden for the Copenhagen Museum during a three-month residency in 2014, that combined interests in environmental issues, plants and space. In 2015, she had another one-person exhibition at Perimeter Gallery in Chicago and installed a suspended sculpture for the Hinsdale Public Library, Illinois.
A Chicago resident, Cooper has received three Illinois Arts Council Fellowships. Her work can be seen at www.barbaracooperartist.com, and Perimeter Gallery, Chicago.
Jason Kishell is an artist and educator who works with a broad range of materials including ceramic, wood, metal and graphite. His unique blend of quasi-science, humor, and fantasy creates imagery that promotes escapism while staying tethered to basic human emotions. Jason began making objects at an early age and quickly became captivated by the power of visual imagery as a means to communicate and deal with the harshness of reality. Born and raised in Colorado, he has a deep connection with nature and relies heavily on the physical attributes found in the natural world to express his ideas.
Jason’s work has been included in exhibitions across the U.S. as well as in numerous publications. His work is included in the collections of Sara Morgan, Mark Richardson, Brigitte Martin, the Houston Airport System, Dan and Mina Graur, and others.
Jason earned his BFA from IUPUI, Herron School of Art and his MFA from the University of Colorado; he currently lives and works in Houston, TX. His work can be seen at www.jasonkishell.com.
Alyssa Oxley has been working with kilnformed and cast glass for about 15 years. She has experience in commercial art, interior and graphic design and despite her paying jobs, has always maintained an active, independent fine art studio of her own.
Her current work in glass is strongly driven by time spent outside, along the Otter Creek near her home in Vermont, or walking the school campus abutting her property.
Oxley learned alot of what she knows about glass working in the Kremer Glass Studio in Pound Ridge, New York. She currently teaches kilnforming glass classes at South End Glass at Davis Studio in Burlington. and summer intensives in places like the Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Snow Farm Craft School and Oatka Glass School.
Her work can be seen at http://www.alyssaoxley.com